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Web3 Startups Raise Nearly $1.9B in Q1 2024 Despite Overall Downtrend in Crypto VC Interest

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Venture capital funding for cryptocurrency and blockchain projects has seen a notable resurgence in the first quarter of 2024, marking its first quarterly rise since 2021. Crunchbase data released today indicates that Web3 startups secured nearly $1.9 billion in funding across 346 deals during this period. This represents a substantial 58% increase from the previous quarter, offering a glimmer of hope amidst the ongoing downward trend in overall crypto VC interest.

The recent surge in funding can be attributed to investors adopting a more long-term perspective on Web3, as opposed to the hype-driven “tourist investors” predominant in recent years. Chris Metinko, the author of the report, notes that investors are shifting their focus to the AI sector, indicating a change in investment strategy. There is a growing interest in supporting the foundational infrastructure of the decentralized internet, rather than solely concentrating on crypto wallets and lending platforms, which attracted significant investments during the peak period of 2021 to 2022.

While large funding rounds were relatively uncommon in Q1, several notable investments stood out. Exohood Labs, a company integrating AI, quantum computing, and blockchain, secured a remarkable $112 million seed round at a valuation of $1.4 billion. EigenLabs, an Ether token “restaking” platform, raised $100 million in a Series B round led by a16z crypto. Additionally, Freechat, a decentralized social network leveraging blockchain technology, secured $80 million in a Series A round. These investments, among others, contributed to the increase in valuations and the emergence of four new Web3 unicorns in Q1.

Despite the recent progress, the future trajectory of Web3 remains uncertain. Metinko suggests that the next few quarters will be pivotal in determining the industry’s direction. While investors anticipate a rebound in investment as the decentralized internet evolves, it may take another year for venture capital activity to stabilize after the exuberance of 2021. Factors such as the approval of U.S. spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds and the upcoming Bitcoin halving could also influence the market, given the rising prices of Bitcoin and Ether.

A noteworthy example of significant funding in the Web3 space is Monad Labs’ recent successful funding round, which secured $225 million led by Paradigm. Monad Labs is a layer-1 blockchain compatible with Ethereum, offering faster transaction processing. This funding round harkens back to the golden era of crypto funding in 2021-2022, when L1 solutions attracted substantial investments.

Earlier this year, Balance, a digital asset custodian based in Canada, announced that it had once again reached $2 billion in assets under custody (AUC) amidst the recent market recovery. Similarly, Korea Digital Asset (KODA), the largest institutional crypto custody service in South Korea, has experienced remarkable growth in crypto assets under its custody, expanding by nearly 248% in the second half of 2023.

Analysts at Bernstein Research project that crypto funds could reach an impressive $500 billion to $650 billion within the next five years, representing a significant leap from the current valuation of approximately $50 billion. This forecast underscores the growing optimism and potential for substantial growth within the crypto industry in the coming years.

Source: cryptonews.com

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Decentralized Finance (DeFi) Market to Surpass USD 446.43 Billion by 2031 | SkyQuest Technology

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Merging Traditions with Fintech and Blockchain Innovations

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Financial Evolution: Merging Traditions with Fintech and Blockchain Innovations at MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit

The financial industry is undergoing a seismic shift as fintech and blockchain technologies pave the way for unprecedented innovation and transformation. At the upcoming MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit, a high-profile panel titled “Financial Evolution: Merging Traditions with Fintech and Blockchain Innovations” will delve deep into this exciting evolution. This session will explore how established financial institutions are integrating these advanced technologies to revolutionize services, enhance security, and increase efficiency.

Moderator: Anna Agu

Leading the panel is Anna Agu, CEO and Managing Partner at Lex Law Office OU and Director at Lex Law Office LT UAB. With her extensive legal expertise in the fintech sector, Agu is perfectly positioned to guide the discussion, ensuring a thorough exploration of the delicate balance between maintaining traditional financial principles and embracing innovative technologies.

Panelists:

  • Merit Leib – Compliance Consultant at LEIB Regulatory & Compliance Risk Consulting
  • Astra Tikas – Founding Board Member of INO (Internet Native Organization)
  • Dr. Dean Rakic – Chief Scientist at Blockcontrol
  • Saulius Racevicius – Senior Associate of PSP Lab LLP and Board Member of the Fintech Hub LT
  • Evaldas Krampas – CEO at SpectroCoin and Head of Crypto Hub Lithuania

Why Attend?

The “Financial Evolution: Merging Traditions with Fintech and Blockchain Innovations” panel at the MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit is a must-attend for professionals across the financial sector. Here’s why:

  1. Gain Comprehensive Insights: Learn from top experts about the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities in fintech and blockchain.
  2. Regulatory Perspectives: Understand the importance of compliance and how to navigate regulatory challenges effectively.
  3. Technical Knowledge: Dive deep into the technical aspects of blockchain integration and learn about cutting-edge developments.
  4. Practical Implementation: Gain practical insights into how traditional financial institutions are successfully integrating new technologies.
  5. Networking Opportunities: Connect with industry leaders and peers who are driving innovation in finance.

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This panel provides a unique opportunity to stay ahead of the curve in the rapidly evolving financial landscape. Join us at the MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit to explore how fintech and blockchain technologies are reshaping finance and what it means for the future. Engage with industry leaders, gain actionable insights, and network with peers at the forefront of financial innovation.

Secure your spot today and be part of this transformational journey. Don’t miss the chance to be involved in discussions that will shape the future of finance. See you at the MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit!

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North America B2C E-Commerce Market & Payment Innovation Trends Report 2024 – By 2025, Digital Wallets are Expected to Make Up Over a Quarter of Canada’s Online Payments

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