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Lightning Network payment rail, DeFi trading platform and blockchain security firm raise millions



Even with the start of crypto winter season, 2022 has actually been a watershed year for equity capital financing. Crypto and blockchain business jointly raised $30.3 billion in equity capital in the very first half of 2022, surpassing all of in 2015’s overalls. While the variety of offers has actually decreased in current months, start-ups at the crossway of blockchain payments, decentralized finance (DeFi) and cybersecurity are still bring in substantial interest from the VC community. The newest edition of VC Roundup highlights a few of the most interesting financing offers of the previous month.

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ZEBEDEE closes $35M Series B

ZEBEDEE, a Bitcoin (BTC)-powered payment processor for the video gaming market, has actually raised $35 million from a number of financiers consisting of Kingsway Capital, The Raine Group and Square Enix. ZEBEDEE is basically a platform that permits video game designers to integrate programmable cash, consisting of BTC, into their video games. The payment platform is powered by Lightning Network, making ZEBEDEE a “Bitcoin enabler of choice” for its partners, according to Kingsway Capital handling partner Afonso Campos.

Blockchain security business raises $90M Series A

Blockchain security firm Halborn closed a $90 million financing round in July that was led by Summit Partners with extra involvement from Castle Island Ventures, Digital Currency Group and Brevan Howard, to name a few. Halborn was established in 2019 by ethical hackers providing blockchain security services. The business just recently alerted MetaMask users to be tired of a phishing project targeting their web browser wallets.

DeFi platform Hashflow raises $25M in Series A financing

Hashflow, a decentralized finance trading platform headquartered in San Francisco, has actually closed a $25 million financing round backed by a few of crypto’s most popular endeavor funds. The financial investment round, which had involvement from Jump Crypto, Electric Capital, Dragonfly Capital Partners and GSR, will assist Hashflow in broadening its item offerings for market markers and institutional traders.

Socios gets 24.5% stake in Barca Studios

Fan engagement token platform Socios revealed in early August that it would invest $100 million in Barca Studios, the digital material arm of the FC Barcelona football club. Socios, which is owned by blockchain innovation company Chiliz, will assist FC Barcelona accelerate its Web3 and nonfungible token (NFT) engagement method. Specifically, Barca Studios is pursuing NFT and metaverse jobs that will assist the football club engage with its huge international fanbase, and will depend on Socios’ blockchain to provide on the method.

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EtherMail protects seed financing for wallet-to-wallet interactions

Web3 e-mail option EtherMail has actually raised $3 million ahead of the prepared launch of its encrypted wallet-to-wallet interaction service. Scheduled for release in the 3rd quarter, EtherMail allows Web3 business to send out “rich, relevant content directly to their asset holders,” therefore decreasing the danger of interaction scams. The service likewise simplifies community newsletter circulation by making it possible for self-governing, self-updating subscriber list. The seed round was led by Fabric Ventures and Greenfield One.