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Dragonfly Capital Closes Oversubscribed $650 Million Crypto Venture Fund III

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Dragonfly Capital (“Dragonfly”), a global crypto-focused investment firm, announced the final closing of its third venture fund, Dragonfly Ventures III, L.P. (“Fund III”) with capital commitments from limited partners of $650 million, exceeding the Fund’s original target of $500 million. The oversubscribed fund was closed at its hard cap and received strong support from institutional limited partners including leading Ivy League endowments, KKR, Tiger Global, Sequoia China, Invesco, US pensions, and sovereign wealth funds.

Dragonfly previously closed Dragonfly Ventures II in 2021 after raising over $250 million. The new fund enhances the firm’s capacity to invest across all stages of blockchain and cryptocurrency companies, native protocols, and tokens that seek to create new digital economies. Dragonfly will build on the team’s investment track record and its global, technologist first approach to investing in crypto companies.

“Dragonfly has always been different because of two things: our global approach to investing, which reflects the borderless nature of crypto, and our technical bent, as most of our team understands crypto technology from first principles. In Fund III, we will double down on backing the next breakthroughs in crypto infrastructure, DeFi, smart contract scaling, and breakthrough consumer products like NFTs, crypto games, and DAOs. It’s an exciting moment in the history of web3 and we’re eager to partner with the next generation of builders,” said Haseeb Qureshi, Managing Partner at Dragonfly.

“We’re looking forward to continuing to do what we love – working closely with founders at the very earliest stages to build generational companies in crypto. Most of our investment team previously worked at crypto startups and we lean on this hands-on experience to help entrepreneurs navigate the difficult parts of creating amazing companies in this space,” said Tom Schmidt, General Partner at Dragonfly.

Since its inception in 2018, Dragonfly has established a strong track record and invested over $700 million of capital across seed, series A, series B, and liquid crypto deals. To date, the firm has made early investments in many top projects and companies, including Avalanche, NEAR Protocol, Compound, MakerDAO, 1inch, Matter Labs, Amber Group, Anchorage, Bybit, and Dune Analytics.

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AI-Powered Stock Trading Platform Market to Grow at CAGR of 10.24% through 2033 – Expanded Market Reach & Customized Investment Solutions to Propel Growth

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Vitalik Buterin claws back crypto community’s right to redefine ‘inflation’

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Ethereum’s co-founder argues for the crypto community’s authority to redefine “inflation” as the expansion of currency supply, challenging conventional economic definitions and tackling misinformation.

Vitalik Buterin, one of the creators of Ethereum, has emphasized that the crypto community has already staked its claim to redefine the term “inflation.”

Buterin’s remarks were prompted by a post from digital media outlet Axios, which humorously suggested that “inflation” now refers to high prices rather than the traditional concept of rising costs.

Although the Axios post was presented in a lighthearted manner, Community Notes (CN) clarified that the definition of inflation remains unchanged.

Buterin’s response, posted on Farcaster, contested Axios’ interpretation of inflation by asserting that the crypto community has already reshaped the meaning of the term.

“[…] we already decided that it now just means ‘increase in the total supply of a currency’.”

Buterin’s rebuttal garnered support from other users on Farcaster, including former Coinbase employee Binji.eth.

Traditionally, inflation refers to the general increase in the price level of goods and services, resulting in decreased purchasing power as currency value diminishes.

However, Buterin’s argument suggests a cultural shift in the definition of inflation, proposing that ongoing global inflation arises from an essentially unlimited increase in the total supply of currency.

Tech investor Lee Edwards criticized Axios’ initial post for perpetuating misconceptions rather than educating readers.

Buterin has recently been active on Farcaster, advocating for community-driven solutions and initiatives focused on preserving privacy and addressing exploitation issues.

While Buterin has not commented on the concerns surrounding Ethereum Foundation researchers Dankrad Feist and Justin Drake’s involvement with EigenLayer, their decision to become advisors at EigenLayer in exchange for significant compensation in EIGEN tokens has sparked debate within the crypto community.

While some members support the transparency of the disclosures, others have criticized the decision, suggesting that the substantial compensation could influence decision-making.

Source: cointelegraph.com

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Blockchain dev Sphere introduces bank-to-wallet Telegram extension

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Sphere Labs, a blockchain developer dedicated to facilitating stablecoin services for corporate clients, has unveiled a new fiat on-ramp and off-ramp tailored to operate within Telegram.

The bank-to-wallet extension enables Telegram users to seamlessly transfer funds between their bank accounts and wallets directly within the Telegram app, with an advertised fee of 0.1% per transaction for early adopters.

This service will be available to early adopters starting the week of May 27, with a full rollout expected later this year.

While users from any unsanctioned country can utilize the Telegram extension, they are required to link the service with a bank account denominated in United States dollars or euros.

Telegram remains a hotbed of crypto innovation and development, boasting a plethora of bots and applications such as Unibet and the CoinGecko bot, fostering a robust blockchain ecosystem within the platform.

At the heart of Telegram’s appeal to crypto investors, speculators, and enthusiasts lies the Telegram Open Network (TON), which integrates various components including the TON Blockchain, TON DNS, TON storage, and TON Sites, offering users a comprehensive solution for all their Web3 requirements.

According to DemandSage, Telegram boasts an impressive 800 million monthly active users, with over 52 million users engaging with the platform on a daily basis. DemandSage also reports that a staggering 15 billion messages are exchanged on Telegram daily, with the app being downloaded more than 1 billion times. Telegram is projected to reach 1 billion users by the end of 2024.

Furthermore, India ranks as the country with the highest number of Telegram users, estimated at 104 million users, making the platform an ideal environment for delivering fintech services to emerging markets.

The expansion of financial services to developing countries remains a central focus of the blockchain industry, with companies like Ripple Labs and Standard Diamond Co. striving to develop innovative solutions for those lacking adequate financial services in the modern era.

Source: tradingview.com

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