Amex Ventures backs $55M Abra raise

Amex Ventures backs $55M Abra raise


Cryptocurrency trading platform Abra has raised $55 million in funding to bootstrap the next phase of its growth strategy, bringing several high-profile investors on board from both inside and outside the blockchain industry. 

Abra will use funds from the Series C investment to grow its product offerings in wealth management, trading and payments, as well as expand its in-house capacity, the company announced Wednesday.

Amex Ventures, a venture capital arm of American Express, was among the contributors alongside Blockchain Capital, Ignia, Kingsway Capital and Stellar Development Foundation. Abra has now raised over $85 million since its inception.

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Bill Barhydt, Abra’s founder and CEO, said his company’s “vision of crypto-centric banking is coming to life” amid the surge in institutional and retail interest, evidenced by the remarkable growth of decentralized finance and nonfungible tokens.

Abra has seen significant uptake of its trading services over the past year as billions of dollars flowed into the cryptocurrency market. The company now has 155,000 monthly

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