Funding Skyrockets on the Back of Infrastructure

May 19, 2023 • 4 Min Read

Crypto funding sharply increased this week, rising 114% from $108 million to $231 million. Infrastructure was the breadwinner, representing 44% of the total funding amount. The largest deal was an $81 million Series A deal completed by Auradine, valuing the company at $500 million. Despite the notable rise in total funding, deal counts dropped from 23 to 20, while the average deal size rose to $15.4 million. 

Series A and Series B deals comprised 63% of total funding but only represented 20% of deal counts. Seed rounds remained the most popular type of deal, making up 30% of the count and 22% of funding. There was one M&A transaction this week. Ripple acquired Swiss digital custodian firm Metaco for $250 million. The acquisition will expand Ripple’s product suite and enable future issuance, custodial, and settlement services for tokenized assets while growing the company’s presence outside the U.S.

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The Deal of the Week is Hourglass, a crypto startup that raised $4.2M in a seed round led by Electric Capital with participation from Coinbase Ventures and Circle, among others. Hourglass is the first marketplace that allows users to trade Time-Bound Tokens (TBTs), a concept that tokenizes a user's staked or locked assets. ...

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