Fireblocks, an Israeli fintech startup that specializes in cybersecurity, is now worth $8 billion. Talk about a unicorn! The valuation comes after Fireblocks brought in $400 million in a Series E round of funding.
The news comes after Fireblocks raised $133 million in Series C funding this past March. In July the company raised $310 million in Series D funding. So, the total comes to $843 million in new funding brought in so far in 2021.
And it is good news for a firm that is being sued over the loss of $75 million of the cryptocurrency Ethereum, ETH.
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Fireblocks states that its tech streamlines operations by bringing a user’s exchanges, OTCs, counterparties, hot wallets, and custodians into one platform. Wallets, deposit addresses, and API credentials are secured using patent-pending chip isolation technology and the newest breakthrough in cryptography (MPC). Institutions are using Fireblocks to move funds securely in seconds – instead of hours.
It’s the second day of DeFi and we’re excited to announce expanded DeFi capabilities for @FantomFDN!
Fantom is a Layer-1, EVM-compatible blockchain platform meant to improve upon Ethereum’s scalability issues. Here’s how to work with Fantom on Fireblocks. https://t.co/EdyZ7euG5k pic.twitter.com/jATc0vLoow
— Fireblocks (@FireblocksHQ) December 2, 2021
With the Fireblocks DeFi API and Browser Extension, you can now securely access the full range of DeFi – decentralized finance – protocols for strategies like decentralized exchange (DEX) trading, lending/borrowing, staking, and yield farming.
Meanwhile, the company just launched support for Avalanche, what it calls one of the “most exciting new protocols for DeFi and beyond.”
DeFi is a blockchain-based form of finance that does not rely on central financial intermediaries such as brokerages, exchanges, or banks to offer traditional financial instruments, and instead utilizes smart contracts on blockchains.
Avalanche is a Layer 1 platform and protocol that aims to improve Ethereum’s scalability and confirmation times, with near-instant transaction finality. According to CoinTelegraph, “In contrast, Ethereum processes 15–30 transactions per second with over 1-minute finality.”
As Avalanche runs the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), DeFi developers are able to seamlessly port their Solidity dApps onto Avalanche. Some of the top dApps on Avalanche include Aave, Trader Joe, BENQI, and Curve.
Avalanche’s native token is AVAX. AVAX is currently the 12th overall ranked token by market cap, with $21B TVL (including borrow-side lending).