Mysten Labs, the blockchain company founded by former Meta executives, has announced raising $300 million to develop Sui blockchain. The Series B funding round was led by crypto exchange FTX’s venture arm FTX Ventures.
Developing a Layer-1 Blockchain
Co-Founder, and CEO of Mysten Labs Evan Cheng underlines that the financing will be used to develop the company’s technology, support hiring initiatives, and expand into the Asia-Pacific region.
“This new funding will enable Mysten to continue to scale Sui, and we are grateful for the support from blue-chip investors and strategic partners who are aligned in our mission.”
The Sui blockchain is a Layer-1 Proof of Stake blockchain built from the ground up to allow creators and developers in the gaming , social media, and finance industries to construct experiences for Web 3.0 users. The creators of the ecosystem claim that the performance of the new blockchain may outperform existing favorites such as Ethereum and Solana.
Notable investors during the Series B funding round include Binance Labs, Coinbase Ventures, Jump Crypto, Andreessen, Circle Ventures, Horowitz’s a16z, and O’Leary Ventures. In addition to stock, investors will receive warrants for native tokens that can be traded on the future blockchain.
“We are excited to invest in and strategically support the talented Mysten Labs team, whose founders had authored the Move language while leading blockchain R&D for Facebook and now launching the Sui blockchain. We believe Sui’s technical innovations such as parallelizable agreements and its object-centric architecture make it a next-gen platform for web3 builders,” said Partner of FTX Ventures Amy Wu.
On the Flipside
By securing the finances, Unicorn company Mysten Lab increased its market value to over $2 billion. The company was created in September 2021 by former cryptographic program engineers from Meta’s Diem crypto-payments platform, Move programming language, and the Novi mobile wallet.
Why You Should Care
According to a recent Messari report, VC firms invested $30.3 billion in funds in the first six months of 2022, exceeding the entire level funds raised in 2021. This suggests that venture capital investors remain unphased by the crypto bear market.
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