Crypto finance startup Amber Group raises $100M at $1B valuation – TechCrunch

Extra mainstream enterprise capital corporations are leaping on the crypto bandwagon as buyers more and more contemplate bitcoin an investable asset, regardless of the latest large worth drops of some main cryptocurrencies. Amber Group, a Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency buying and selling startup, mentioned on Monday it has raised $100 million in a Sequence B funding spherical at a pre-money valuation of $1 billion.

The most recent valuation is ten instances that of the corporate’s Sequence A closed in 2019, a $28 million spherical that counted Coinbase Ventures as one in all its buyers. Additionally notably, Amber’s Sequence B financing was bankrolled by a listing of high-profile monetary and VC corporations, together with China Renaissance, which led the spherical, and Tiger Brokers, Tiger World Administration, Enviornment Holdings, Tru Arrow Companions, Sky9 Capital, DCM Ventures, and Gobi Companions.

Its previous buyers Pantera Capital, Coinbase Ventures, and Blockchain.com additionally participated within the spherical.

In Might, Babel Finance, one other crypto asset supervisor primarily based out of Hong Kong, secured $40 million in funding from various big-name institutional buyers, together with Amber’s investor Tiger World.

Based by a bunch of former funding bankers of their twenties, Amber initially set out to apply machine learning algorithms to quantitative trading however pivoted in 2017 to crypto when the crew noticed spikes in digital forex’s buying and selling volumes. The startup now serves each institutional and particular person buyers, providing them algorithmic buying and selling, digital market-making, high-frequency buying and selling, OTC buying and selling, borrowing and lending, derivatives, amongst different merchandise.

The agency launched its cellular app within the third quarter of 2020, widening its scope from institutional shoppers to retail shoppers. It mentioned the buying and selling app has up to now collected over 100,000 registered customers.

Amber has been worthwhile since its inception, based on its co-founder and CEO Michael Wu, with annualized revenues of $500 million primarily based on figures from January to April 2021.

The startup has seen “file months over the previous quarter throughout each shopper movement and on-exchange market-making volumes,” mentioned Wu, and it now accounts for “2-Three% of whole buying and selling volumes in main spot and spinoff markets.” Its cumulative buying and selling volumes have doubled from $250 billion for the reason that starting of the yr to over $500 billion. Altogether, it manages round $1.5 billion in buying and selling capital that varies primarily based on BTC and ETH costs.

Amber has over 330 staff worldwide throughout Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul, and Vancouver. The proceeds from its Sequence B will go in direction of world enlargement.