Austrian crypto unicorn Bitpanda raises another $263 million

Austrian crypto unicorn Bitpanda raises another $263 million

Vienna-based investment platform Bitpanda has closed a $263 million Series C round, giving the startup a valuation of $4.1 billion.

Peter Thiel’s venture capital firm Valar Ventures led the investment, with hedge fund heavyweight Alan Howard and REDO Ventures participating alongside existing backers LeadBlock Partners and Jump Capital.

The fundraise, announced this morning, comes just five months after Bitpanda’s $170 million Series B investment — a round enlarged by a fresh $12 million from Jump Capital and Wintermute Trading in May. Indeed, Bitpanda only closed its $52 million Series A as recently as September 2020.

Eric Demuth, co-founder and CEO of the Austrian business, has said previously that Bitpanda is profitable and doesn’t need external investment. The motive for fundraising, he said, is to drive the growth of the platform and to boost the brand — both in terms of its media appeal and for attracting top talent.

“We wouldn’t be here today without the efforts of our talented team members who are constantly ‘rolling up their sleeves’ to make things happen,” said Demuth in a statement. “We’re grateful to share our journey with these incredible people — and that’s why a key area of focus for us is to keep strengthening our team by bringing onboard world-class talent.”

Founded in 2014, Bitpanda began as a crypto trading outfit. More recently, it has started offering trading in stocks and precious metals. The platform has amassed 3 million users to date and is on track to boost its revenues sevenfold in 2021.

Howard expands crypto empire

British billionaire Alan Howard, the co-founder of the hedge fund Brevan Howard, has made a flurry of equity investments in crypto infrastructure businesses over the past year.

In addition to Bitpanda, his investments include crypto exchanges Bullish Global and Kikitrade, custodians Komainu and Copper, and an array of other payments and investment firms.

Howard is also the majority shareholder in a business named Elwood, which recently pivoted to focus on helping neobanks, fintech firms and asset manager access crypto liquidity providers.

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