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Silvergate Capital获DCG等集团1.14亿美元股权融资

Silvergate Capital Corporation隶属于热衷于支持比特币初创公司的Silvergate Bank银行控股公司。近日,该公司宣布获得加密数字货币风险投资公司数字货币集团(DCG)参投的一笔1.14亿美元股权融资,不过数字货币集团在本轮融资中的投资金额目前尚不得而知。

来自Silvergate公布的信息显示,他们已经通过私募配售了950万股,募集到了总计1.14亿美元的资金——这些资金将用于进一步支持该行金融科技存款计划。Silvergate Bank对比特币初创公司却非常友好,在有人因为风险担忧而避开比特币客户的时候,他们伸出了援手,为数字货币初创公司提供银行账户服务。截止2016年5月,Silvergate Bank为总计十五家加密数字货币初创公司提供了支持服务。而对于绝大多数传统金融机构来说,通常不会这么做,他们有的拒绝为加密数字货币公司开立账户,有时甚至会在没有任何征兆和解释的情况下忽然关闭账户。

Cryptocurrency venture capital firm Digital Currency Group (DCG) has confirmed an investment in Silvergate Capital Corporation, the holding company of the bitcoin startup-friendly Silvergate Bank.

According to an announcement from Silvergate, the firm said Monday that it sold 9.5 million shares through a private placement generating $114 million in total - funds that will be used to further support the bank's fintech deposit initiatives.

Although the announcement did not disclosed any investors, Barry Silbert, founder of DCG, confirmed the firm's participation in the sale via an email to CoinDesk, following an official tweet.

While the amount of investment remains unknown, the move by DCG is notable given Silvergate's known stance in supporting cryptocurrency startups.

As early as in 2014, the cryptocurrency industry has encountered challenges in receiving banking services from traditional financial institutions, with many banks refusing to open accounts for crypto firms, or abruptly closing accounts without explanation.

Silvergate Bank, however, offered bank accounts to bitcoin startups, even while others shied away from bitcoin-related clients due to risk concerns.

According to a previous CoinDesk article, Silvergate Bank was supporting 15 cryptocurrency startups as of May 2016.


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