近日，总部位于美国加州旧金山的数字货币汇款平台Uphold宣布获得了一笔5750万美元的投资，投资方为前美联储高级分析师、现Ripple公司首席风险官Greg Kidd。本轮投资之后，Greg Kidd将加入Uphold公司董事会，而且还会通过旗下投资工具Hard Yaka为Uphold旗下研发部门Uphold Labs提供资金支持。
此前，Greg Kidd曾投资过Coinbase、Square和Twitter等知名企业。除了组建Uphold Labs之外，这笔投资还将帮助Uphold公司交付亏损保险——其中大约有20%是数字货币，这样旗下用户就能得到保护，确保自己持有的数字货币不会受到高波动性和其他问题遭受巨大损失。该公司首席执行官Adrian Steckel表示，这一合作关系将有助于让“他们的资产得到前所未有的保护”。Uphold公司的前身是Bitreserve，他们在2015年进行了品牌重塑，并完成了更新。该公司使用比特币和法定货币提供外汇和国际汇款服务，此外他们也提供电子商务服务。
Digital money platform Uphold today announced it has received a $57.5 million investment from former Fed Reserve senior analyst and Ripple chief risk officer Greg Kidd.
Kidd, who will join Uphold's board of directors, will also help fund the creation of a research and development arm, to be called Uphold Labs, through his investment vehicle Hard Yaka. Kidd has previously invested in Coinbase, Square and Twitter.
In a statement, the investor praised Uphold's scalability, as well as its compliance practices.
In addition to forming Uphold Labs, the investment will help fill Uphold's loss assurance to roughly 20 percent of its crypto holdings, protecting its users from potential losses due to cryptocurrency volatility or other issues.
Kidd told CoinDesk:
"Because of the strength of Uphold's compliance and controls, I'm willing to pledge a certain amount of my balance sheet, or the balance sheet of my venture company ... as a reserve. That means that if there was some adverse effect at Uphold that might put it otherwise in a position of operating as a fractional reserve, this is like an insurance program that will make sure that user balances are protected."
A spokesperson for Uphold said the licensing revenue and development wing will receive 20 percent of the funding, which will be used to add more cryptocurrencies to increase the firm's connectivity to financial systems, as well as for use in Ripple-related projects.
Then, 45 percent will go to equity, and the remaining 35 percent will be shifted to its reserve balance sheet.
The partnership will help Uphold provide "unprecedented asset protection," said chief executive Adrian Steckel.
Formerly called Bitreserve, before its rebrand in 2015, Uphold offers foreign exchange and international remittances in bitcoin and fiat currencies. It also provides e-commerce services.