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区块链P2P支付创企BitPay获4000万美元融资

据外媒消息,总部位于美国亚特兰大的区块链P2P支付初创公司BitPay宣布完成了一笔4000万美元的B轮融资,投资方把控Menlo Ventures和Aquiline Technology Growth(ATG)两家风险投资公司。截至目前,该公司的融资总金额已经达到了6250万美元。

该公司曾在去年十二月就开始启动B轮融资了,当时他们募集到了3000万美元,但是之后由于较高的资金需求,他们决定把融资规模扩大到4000万美元。该公司还表示,他们计划利用这笔最新融资扩大亚洲市场业务,招募更多工程人员,获得监管执照许可,并进行一些技术收购。去年年底,他们曾表示,平台年支付交易处理额已经达到了20亿美元。不过,作为本轮融资的投资方之一,Menlo Ventures表示他们并没有直接购买任何加密货币,也没有参与任何初始代币发行(ICO)项目。

Blockchain payments startup Bitpay has successfully raised $40 million in a Series B round with participation by venture capital firms Menlo Ventures and Aquiline Technology Growth.

Bitpay, which processes bitcoin and bitcoin cash payments for merchants, announced that it had launched a $30 million Series B funding round last December, but decided to expand the round before it had concluded. ATG led the round, which expanded to $40 million due to "high demand," Bitpay CEO Stephen Pair told digital news organization Recode on Monday.

Tyler Sosin, a partner who is spearheading Menlo's crypto work, told Recode that the firm has been considering investments in various blockchain startups for the past 18 months, but was dissatisfied with its options until it found Bitpay. He did not disclose the sum Menlo contributed to the round.

Sosin said Menlo anticipates that the blockchain will be an essential part of future payment technologies, though the firm has not purchased any cryptocurrencies outright or participated in an initial coin offering (ICO).

According to Sosin, the firm decided to invest in Bitpay because as a payment platform, it would not require them to wager on the success of a particular cryptocurrency.

Bitpay may not be Menlo's only foray into the crypto industry. Sosin suggested that the firm, whose portfolio also includes investments in Uber, Tumblr and Roku, intends to increase its presence in the space, saying "it's early, early days. We imagine there will be some very big companies."

Bitpay indicated in December that it intends to use the Series B funds to expand its operations in Asia, in addition to allocating funds to new engineering hires, regulatory licensing and technology acquisitions. At that time, it also claimed to have processed nearly $2 billion in annualized payment volumes.

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