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区块链安全公司Ledger获7500万美元B轮融资

本周,总部位于法国巴黎的区块链安全初创公司Ledger宣布获得了一笔7500万美元(约合6100万欧元)的B轮融资,联合领投方包括Draper Esprit、Draper Associates、德鼎创新(Draper Dragon)和Boost VC,参投方包括FirstMark Capita、Cathay Innovation和Korelya Capital。截至目前,该公司的融资总金额已经超过了8500万美元。

Ledger公司成立于2014年,希望深入挖掘区块链技术在安全方面的潜力,优化人们的生活方式。目前他们在旧金山、巴黎、维耶尔宗等地都设有办事处,拥有82名全职员工,并且已经在全球165个国家售出了超过100万个虚拟货币硬件冷钱包,全面实现盈利。该公司所有产品都是在一个经过专门设计可以在任何的加密硬件上运行,并且支持各种虚拟货币的操作系统。这项技术为区块链应用提供了安全保障,最终将应用到广大行业中去并加速其发展,比如物联网、无人驾驶汽车等。不仅如此,该公司已经研发出了一个名为“Ledger Vault”的全新金融解决方案,可以为银行、对冲基金和家族办公室数字提供资产管理服务。据悉,该公司计划将这笔最新融资用于技术研发、扩大产能、以及全球化业务拓展。

Ledger, a French start-up that makes hardware wallets for cryptocurrencies, has raised $75 million in a huge funding round.

The capital was raised through a Series B round, the second stage of financing for a company, and was led by European venture capital firm Draper Esprit.

Ledger claims the investment to be one of the largest of its kind for a blockchain-related firm to date. It dwarfs that raised by BitGo and Blockchain, which achieved $42.5 million and $40 million respectively in Series B financing rounds in 2017.

Blockchain is the technology that underpins cryptocurrencies. It logs transactions across a network of computers rather than on one centralized server.

Eric Larcheveque, Ledger's chief executive, said the investment would be used to fund research and development and expanding his firm's operations around the world.

In a statement Thursday, he said: "We initially designed our Ledger hardware wallet as an enabler for the blockchain revolution. Three years later and with this Series B, we are reaching a significant milestone in our path to build a technological giant in the promising space of cryptocurrencies."

Ledger makes secure hardware wallets that let customers store their bitcoin and ethereum holdings offline to remove the risk of being hacked. As interest in cryptocurrencies has soared, so have the number of cyber-attacks on cryptocurrency platforms.

Last month, cryptocurrency mining network Nice Hash admitted to being hacked in a cyber-breach that saw tens of millions of dollars' worth of digital tokens stolen. In the same month, Yapian, the owner of South Korea's Youbit exchange, filed for bankruptcy following a hack that saw 17 percent of its cryptocurrency holdings stolen.


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