BitGo Raises $42.5M Series B to Continue Growth of Custodial Ecosystems for Bitcoin and Beyond
Palo Alto, CA, December 11, 2017 — BitGo today announced the close of its $42.5 million Series B financing, led by Valor Equity Partners with participation from David Sacks, Bill Lee, and DRW. The funding will be used to accelerate the momentum of its technology among institutional investors. The company, which already powers $8 billion in digital transactions per month, has become an indispensable financial services partner to institutions worldwide. A growing customer base, including CME Group and The Royal Mint, leverage BitGo’s technology to add digital currencies to their global product mix.
“We’ve crossed the tipping point for Bitcoin and other digital currencies, which have transitioned from experiments to front page news. BitGo gives institutions and custodians a solid technology base to offer new digital investment opportunities, products and services,” BitGo CEO Mike Belshe said. “We have been the go-to service for exchanges, hedge-funds, trusts, and businesses for years, now we are expanding our secure and compliant technology to build out an advanced financial ecosystem for investors to work with to make buying, storing, and trading digital assets as easy as possible.”
“BitGo is changing the way that digital currency is secured," said Antonio Gracias, Founder and Chief Investment at Valor Equity Partners. "Institutions can now confidently trust in the security of their digital assets thanks to BitGo, as can their custodial partners. We’re thrilled to be a part of a company that is changing the way that financial services organizations view digital currency.”
Individuals and funds participating in BitGo’s Series B have invested in every stage of companies that fundamentally changed industries, including AirBnB, Facebook, SpaceX and Tesla. Antonio Gracias, Founder, Managing Partner, and Chief Investment Officer of Valor Equity Partners and board member at Tesla and SpaceX will join BitGo’s board of directors. David Sacks, Founder/CEO of Yammer and original COO and product leader of PayPal, also joins the board.
"BitGo has a long history of working with large institutions that need the highest-grade security, compliance, cold storage, multi-key management, and more,” said Bill Lee, Chairman of the Board at BitGo. “We are thrilled to bring on top notch executives and the expertise of investment legends like Don Wilson at DRW to aggressively expand on BitGo’s leading position with institutional investors.”
BitGo’s technology is a catalyst that allows custodial institutions to extend new offerings to Wall Street and Main Street, and the company has already realized success with several custodial partners. One example is Kingdom Trust, a custodian who services US clients and holds custody of over $12 billion in assets. As a federally approved custodian according to IRS Code Title 26 Sec. 408, Kingdom Trust can offer Bitcoin IRA and allow retirement investors to build positions in cryptocurrencies just as they do in alternative assets like real estate or precious metals.
“Being custodian for the assets of clients of registered investment advisors, broker-dealers and investment sponsors comes with great responsibility in an ever-changing regulatory environment,” Kingdom Trust CEO Matt Jennings said. “BitGo allows us to bring digital currency — a go-to investment for many investors - alongside stocks, bonds and mutual funds in our retirement offerings with the same security and trust that we expect from institutional-grade partners.”
BitGo’s mission is to make digital currencies usable for businesses in a regulated economy. BitGo’s technology solves the most difficult security, compliance and architectural problems associated with blockchains, enabling businesses to integrate digital currencies into their existing financial systems. Processing more than $8B monthly, BitGo customers include the largest cryptocurrency exchanges and application providers in the world. For more information, visit BitGo.com.
No legal, tax, investment, or other advice is provided by any BitGo entity. Please consult your legal/tax/investment professional for questions about your specific circumstances. Digital asset holdings involve a high degree of risk, and can fluctuate greatly on any given day. Accordingly, your digital asset holdings may be subject to large swings in value and may even become worthless.