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Alchemy raises $80M at a $505M valuations to be the ‘AWS for blockchain.’

Alchemy, quickly evolving into the Amazon Web Services (AWS) of the blockchain world, has received $80 million. According to CEO Nikil Viswanathan, Alchemy’s all-encompassing infrastructure and developer platform have increased since the company went public eight months ago and are now valued at $505 million.

Coatue Management, the tech investment manager, run by renowned hedge fund manager Philippe Laffont, co-led the round. A $305 million fundraising round for Dapper Labs, one of Alchemy’s clients, was also led by Coatue in March.

In a Series B round of fundraising headed by Coatue and Addition, Lee Fixel’s new fund, the blockchain development platform Alchemy, said today that it had raised $80 million. The fresh financing increased the company’s overall funding since its launch in 2017 to $95.5 million, up from a previous $15.5 million.

We were interested in the most recent round for several reasons

First, it took the business just eight months from its public start to a $505 million value, describing itself as the backend technology for the blockchain sector. Alchemy claims that it supported more than $30 billion in transactions for tens of millions of customers worldwide at that time. Second, according to the startup, it already powers the vast bulk of the NFT sector.

Finally, a distinguished group of organisations and individuals, including DFJ Growth, K5 Global, the Chainsmokers, actor Jared Leto, and the Glazer family, have invested in the round (owners of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Manchester United). They joined existing investors such as LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, Pantera Capital, Coinbase, SignalFire, Samsung, Google chairman and Stanford University president John L. Hennessy, Yahoo co-founder, and former CEO Jerry Yang, Stanford University, and others.

According to insiders with knowledge of Alchemy’s business practices, the company has already increased its revenue more than eightfold since it agreed to the Series B term sheet. They added that Alchemy was compelled to complete another financing at a price “many times” the present valuation due to investor interest totalling more than $300 million to participate in the round.

Nikil Viswanathan, Alchemy’s CEO, and Joe Lau, its CTO, about the financing, and it was evident from their conversation that they were passionate about the startup’s goals. Its rapid expansion is similar.

Aspects of alchemy

According to Viswanathan, Alchemy’s suite of cloud-based infrastructure, designed for decentralised apps, serves nearly all of the non-fungible token systems in use today and enables over $30 billion in transactions annually.

The startup was formed in 2017 by Viswanathan and Joe Lau, two Forbes “30 Under 30” computer science grads from Stanford whose technology was still in beta testing as of late August. 

According to the business, the comparison to AWS is appropriate because Alchemy powers the infrastructure for many significant participants in the blockchain industry, as AWS offers the platform that powers the technology industry.

Viswanathan says, “We will use the funding to support new chains with our developer platform.” This year, we plan to increase the crew by fivefold.

Alchemy, however, takes great satisfaction in being lean and mean. We have increased our workforce from 14 to 22, said Lau. The squad has been purposefully kept as small as feasible.

Investor interest in the blockchain industry has recently surged

BlockFi, which bills itself as a financial services provider for investors in the cryptocurrency market, revealed in March that it had closed on a sizable $350 million Series D financing, valuing the business at $3 billion. A blockchain analysis business called Chainalysis also announced closing a $100 million Series D funding last month, doubling its worth to almost $2 billion.

Conclusion

Alchemy intends to use its new funding to create new offices in the US and worldwide, expand its developer platform to new blockchains, and support worldwide expansion. The San Francisco-based startup intends to establish a presence in New York.

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