According to data analysis firm, CB Insights, about $2.6 billion was raised by some 129 blockchain-focused start-ups during the first quarter of 2021. This figure easily surpasses the $2.3 billion raised from a total of 341 deals that were seen in the whole of 2020.
Large Capital Raising Rounds Dominate
As noted by one report, the capital raised in this period provides further evidence that “venture capitalists are pouring money into cryptocurrency-related companies at the fastest clip in years.” However, the data also shows that this increase has largely been “fueled by several large rounds for startups including crypto lender Blockfi Inc, Dapper Labs and Blockchain.com.”
In March, Blockfi revealed it has closed on a massive $350 million Series D funding which valued the company at $3 billion. Before that, Blockfi raised $50 million in August of 2020. Meanwhile, following this latest financing round, Blockfi has now raised about $450 million since its inception.
Similarly, game-maker Dapper