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Bitcoin simply retains Bitcoin-ing.
With President Biden signing the $1.9T COVID reduction invoice into legislation, expectations for rising inflation (and the $1.4k stimulus checks as a brand new supply of demand) despatched BTC over the $60k milestone.
The cryptocurrency is now up ~12x within the final 12 months.
Crypto corporations are booming
The largest fish, Coinbase, is headed for a $100B+ public debut, whereas final week noticed 2 huge funding rounds within the house.
First up: BlockFi, which raised $350m at a $3B valuation, per TechCrunch. Billed as a monetary companies startup for crypto, BlockFi gives merchandise for:
- Retail traders: Customers can purchase and promote crypto on an app. However, crucially, BlockFi additionally gives curiosity on crypto financial savings (6%+) and lends cash in opposition to crypto holdings so individuals in search of liquidity don’t must promote their belongings (it has lent $10B+ to date).
- Institutional purchasers: BlockFi offers commerce execution companies to assist organizations safe giant blocks of crypto.
As we speak, the startup has 265k+ retail and 200+ institutional purchasers, whereas month-to-month income has hit $50m (vs. $1.5m a yr in the past).
Subsequent up is FalconX…
… one other crypto buying and selling platform that goals at establishments, and which raised $50m. As Bitcoin surged over the previous yr, the platform noticed its income improve 46x.
These funding strikes come as crypto is changing into more and more mainstream. Established gamers akin to PayPal, Visa, and JPMorgan all rolled out crypto-related companies in 2020.
Whether or not or not Bitcoin retains Bitcoin-ing, crypto seems to be prefer it’s right here to remain.