Pontem Network, a decentralized application that seeks to connect Facebook’s Diem to public blockchains like Ethereum (ETH), has raised $4.5 million in seed investments, setting the stage for continued development of the ambitious digital currency project.
The Pontem Network is described as a Polkadot Substrate-based chain, which means it can serve as a testnet for Facebook’s Diem blockchain. By utilizing a Polkadot parachain, Pontem can introduce developers to Diem’s potential, allowing them to validate their ideas before submitting to the Diem Association.
Pontem co-founder Stas Oskin said his platform’s vision is to “allow developers to build for Diem and at the same time enjoy the liquidity, data, and user base of Polkadot.”
Jehan Chu, co-founder and managing partner of Kinetic Capital, one of Pontem’s backers, said:
“Pontem is an audacious project in that it not only creates a testing ground for Diem, possibly the largest and most adopted blockchain project in the world, but also an active proving ground for new protocols