Blockchain platform Chainanalysis raises $100mln, crosses $4bln valuation

Plans to use the funds to deepen its data coverage by adding more cryptocurrencies

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. Bitcoin.com buttons are seen displayed on the floor of the Consensus 2018 blockchain technology conference in New York City, New York, U.S., May 16, 2018.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Bitcoin.com buttons are seen displayed on the floor of the Consensus 2018 blockchain technology conference in New York City, New York, U.S., May 16, 2018.

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Blockchain data platform Chainanalysis said on Thursday it had raised $100 million in its latest funding round led by investment firm Coatue, taking its valuation to $4.2 billion.

The seven-year old company, which provides blockchain analysis software to flag regulatory risks to cryptocurrency exchanges, government agencies and financial institutions, plans to use the funds to deepen its data coverage by adding more cryptocurrencies and further develop its software.

As cryptocurrencies are finding more acceptance globally in the last few months, blockchain data firms such as Chainanalysis are seeing more demand for their services due to increased regulatory scrutiny as these currencies are highly volatile.

The company, which counts bitcoin holder Square Inc SQ.N as one of its customers and raised $100 million in its last funding round in March, said it is hiring hundreds of new positions across all functions.

Previous investors including Benchmark, Accel, Addition, Dragoneer and others increased their investment in the company, Chainanalysis said, adding that Blackstone, Sequoia Heritage, and SVB Capital, among others also participated in the latest funding round.

(Reporting by Eva Mathews in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi Aich) ((Eva.Mathews@thomsonreuters.com;))


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