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Coinbase完成3亿美元E轮融资,估值达80亿美元

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Coinbase完成3亿美元E轮融资,估值达80亿美元

美国顶级加密货币交易所之一的Coinbase周二宣布完成3亿美元E轮融资,公司估值达80亿美元,成为美国最具价值的私有企业之一。而在2017年8月的一轮融资中,Coinbase的估值还只有16亿美元。

本轮融资,由老虎环球基金领投,Andreessen Horowitz、Y Combinator、威灵顿管理公司和Polychain参投。

Coinbase总裁兼首席运营官Asiff Hirji在声明中表示,该公司计划利用资金加速虚拟货币和数字资产的采用,扩大全球业务,并提供更多的加密资产。

总部位于旧金山的Coinbase是去年比特币BTC=BTSP热潮的最大受益者之一,当时比特币价格飙升至近2万美元。

自那以后,比特币的币值大幅下跌,今年以来已下跌近55%,原因是价格波动后监管审查力度加大。

但是Coinbase早有准备,其展开了一项宏达计划来迎合投资者。今年,它为专业投资者推出了一系列产品。其中一款产品是面向机构投资者的Coinbase Custody存币服务,目前这项服务已经在上周获得纽约金融服务部的批准。

Coinbase最近还与加密货币独角兽Circle合作,支持稳定币。Coinbase表示,该公司将专注于缩小监管市场上法定货币和加密货币之间的差距,优化托管业务,力求将更多机构基金引入加密货币领域。

正因如此,尽管比特币价格暴跌,Coinbase还是在2017年实现了10亿美元的收入,并且预计今年的收入将在13亿美元左右。

今年以来,随着散户投资者兴趣减退,比特币和其他加密货币的价格暴跌了65%以上,但Coinbase已经对一项宏大计划展开投资,来迎合机构投资者。

Coinbase, the most popular cryptocurrency exchange in the U.S., announced on Tuesday a massive Series E funding round that values the company at $8 billion.

The company announced the $300 million investment in a blog post, which said the financing is being led by New York-based Tiger Global, and will be used to accelerate global expansion and the offering of more cryptocurrencies.

“We see hundreds of cryptocurrencies that could be added to our platform today and we will lay the groundwork to support thousands in the future,” wrote Coinbase Chief Operating Officer Assif Hirji in the post.

Currently, Coinbase only offers Bitcoin and a handful of other cryptocurrencies, in part due to concerns that many digital currencies may be securities that must be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The latest funding round, which follows a $100 million round in August of 2017, is being led by New York-based Tiger Global with contributions from Y Combinator Continuity, Wellington Management, Andreessen Horowitz, and Polychain Capital among others.

A source close to Coinbase told Fortune the company will also be bringing on other investors in the near future via a secondary offering worth $200 million or more. This offering would serve as a vehicle for some employees and early investors to cash in their shares, and would not change the overall amount of capital raised by Coinbase.

The Series E funding round also points to Coinbase possibly going public in 2019. While the company hasn’t discussed a specific timeline to go public, CEO Brian Armstrong recently stated he would like to run a public company.

In Search of New Revenue Streams

As Fortune reported in September, Coinbase is profitable but has seen a sharp drop-off in trading volume in 2018, which has made it more pressing for the company to look for other sources of revenue.

One source of income is likely to be custodial fees from big institutions that turn to Coinbase to hold cryptocurrency on their behalf. The company has long talked about bringing on such investors, and last week announced a key regulatory license to serve as a custodian.

Another future source of revenue for Coinbase could come from listing so-called security tokens, including those tied to conventional assets such as private shares or real estate. The market for such tokens is still nascent but prominent technology figures, including former PayPal executive David Sacks, are betting on them as a way to bring new capital to illiquid markets.

Coinbase declined to provide further detail about Hirji’s reference to the possible addition of “hundreds” and “thousands” of cryptocurrencies to the company’s platforms, including whether these might comprise registered security tokens. It’s also possible Hirji’s comment implies that Coinbase plans to dramatically ramp up its cryptocurrency offerings in markets outside of the U.S. where security regulations are more lax.

The blog post also noted Coinbase will use the new funding round to support new products like a recently-announced “Stablecoin,” which is pegged to the U.S. dollar, and a tool called Coinbase Wallet that helps consumers explore blockchain-based applications.

“Coinbase is, and will remain, a crypto-first company,” stated Hirji. “We see Coinbase’s growth as validation that the ecosystem will only continue to grow in size, influence and impact—ultimately ushering in a more open financial system for the world.”

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