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加密寒冬?加密谷中的企业却增加了121家,达到750家

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加密寒冬?加密谷中的企业却增加了121家,达到750家

一项新的调查显示,尽管人们常说现在已经进入了“加密寒冬”,但瑞士加密谷内加密货币和相关技术公司的数量却在不断增加。

加密谷已经有4个独角兽

过去几个月数字货币价格的下跌对于在瑞士和列支敦士登设有办事处的加密货币和区块链公司有很大影响。根据投资公司Crypto Valley Venture Capital(CVVC)、普华永道、Strategy&以及瑞士IT咨询公司Inacta的报告,排名前50的公司在2018年第四季度的估值从440亿美元降到了200亿美元 。

然而,在该地区运营的加密企业的数量却增加了约20%——从629家增加到750家。这意味着在2018年第四季度有超过120个新的加密实体在那里注册。加密谷中的企业不乏一些具有全球性知名度的公司,其中有四个是估值数十亿美元的独角兽创业公司。

报告估计,前50家公司的平均估值为4亿美元。除去五个估值最大的公司后,平均值仍达到3.65亿美元,这也表明不存在很高的集中度。该研究表明,有四个实体估值超过10亿美元 ——比特大陆、Cardano、Dfinity和以太坊。与此同时,所有750家公司的平均估值为2700万美元。

加密谷中有3,300名加密员工

Top 50的公司在瑞士和列支敦士登的办事处有大约480名员工,而整个行业拥有超过3,300名员工。这些数据和报告中的其他数字表明,尽管大多数加密货币的市场价值下降,但许多实体目前的情况仍然是“照常运营”。

研究人员还发现加密谷正在扩大其地理范围。虽然超过一半的公司(51%)位于楚格,但瑞士的其他州现在也是其他一些公司的所在地。数据显示,目前有42家企业在日内瓦注册,39家在提契诺州注册。列支敦士登是另一个热点,拥有该行业的38家公司。 CVVC绘制了一个在线地图,显示各个加密创业公司的位置。

与2018年第三季度的数据相比,有15家公司在去年的最后三个月中冲进了前50名。另外10家创业公司也很有可能在今年闯进前50。

瑞士和列支敦士登以及马耳他、直布罗陀、爱沙尼亚和马恩岛是欧洲司法管辖区的一部分,一直致力于创建一个加密友好的商业环境。瑞士加密谷的扩张得益于该国分散的政治体系以及为客户提供金融隐私性的强大传统。上个月,瑞士的伯尔尼就采用了一项促进加密行业发展的综合战略。

A new survey shows that the cluster of companies working with cryptocurrencies and related technologies in the Swiss Crypto Valley has expanded, despite the onset of what has been dubbed as “crypto winter.” The valley now covers a larger territory in the Alpine confederation and has spilled over into neighboring Liechtenstein.

4 Unicorns With Presence in the Crypto Valley

The falling prices of digital assets in the past months have affected major crypto and blockchain companies with offices in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The top 50 saw their valuation drop from $44 billion to $20 billion in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to a report produced by Zug-based investment company Crypto Valley Venture Capital (CVVC), PwC, Strategy&, and the Swiss IT consulting firm Inacta.

However, the number of businesses operating in the crypto space that have established presence in the region has increased by around 20 percent – from 629 to 750. That means over 120 new crypto entities have registered there in Q4 2018. The total includes some of the world’s most recognizable names in the industry, four of which are unicorn startups worth billions of dollars.

The authors of the study have estimated that the top 50 companies are valued at $400 million each, on average. When the five largest are taken out of the equation, the average figure is still $365 million, which indicates a low concentration. The research shows that there are four entities valued at over $1 billion – Bitmain, Cardano, Dfinity, and Ethereum. At the same time, the average valuation of all 750 companies has been estimated at $27 million.

3,300 People Employed in the Crypto Cluster

The 50 largest companies have around 480 people working in their offices in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, while the whole sector employs over 3,300 people. These and other numbers in the report indicate that the current situation is ‘business as usual’ for many entities, despite the drop in the market value of most cryptocurrencies.

The researchers have also found that the Crypto Valley is expanding geographically. While over half of the companies (51 percent) are based in Zug, other Swiss cantons are now home to the rest. According to the compiled data, 42 of these businesses are registered in Geneva and 39 in Ticino. Liechtenstein is another hotspot with 38 companies from the sector. CVVC maintains an online map that shows where the crypto startups are located.

A comparison with the numbers from the third quarter of 2018 shows that 15 companies have joined the top 50 during the last three months of the previous year. These are 4 Artechnologies, Boscoin, Hdac, Icon, Mt. Pelerin, Odem, Quant Network, Saga, Santiment, Sygnum, Token Pay Swiss, Nexo, WPP Energy, Utopiamusic, and Zulu Republic. Another 10 startups are candidates to do so in the future.

Switzerland and Liechtenstein, along with Malta, Gibraltar, Estonia, and the Isle of Man, are part of a group of European jurisdictions making efforts to create a crypto-friendly business environment. The expansion of the Swiss Crypto Valley has been facilitated by the country’s decentralized political system and strong traditions in providing financial privacy. Last month, the government in Bern adopted a comprehensive strategy for the development of the crypto sector.

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