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Crypto on Govt desk, prime world traders put in $500 million this yr

INCREASED LIQUIDITY in world monetary markets and the Supreme Court docket order early final yr permitting use of banking infrastructure by cryptocurrency platforms has led to prime funding companies, reminiscent of Tiger International, Sequoia Capital, B Capital and Andreessen Horowitz, pumping in over half-a-billion {dollars} in India’s cryptocurrency and blockchain know-how house in 2021 to this point.
That is almost eight instances the funding raised by firms on this phase cumulatively within the previous 4 years. The development assumes added significance within the wake of the Authorities signalling Tuesday its intent to convey a Invoice prohibiting “all non-public cryptocurrencies in India”, with “sure exceptions”.
The one largest chunk of fund-raising by a cryptocurrency platform in India was introduced on October 6 when CoinSwitch Kuber raised $260 million in a spherical led by Andreessen Horowitz and Coinbase Ventures, with current traders Sequoia Capital India, Tiger International, Paradigm and Ribbit Capital additionally collaborating.

The funding spherical additionally catapulted the cryptocurrency platform into the unicorn membership with a valuation of $1.9 billion, almost 4 instances the $500 million it was final valued at lower than six months in the past.
The surge in funding from world traders is a transparent indicator of the dimensions to which buying and selling and funding in digital currencies has grown within the absence of clear pointers regulating the house. In keeping with conservative estimates, India has round 15 million individuals concerned with buying and selling or investments in cryptocurrencies — virtually 60 per cent of the 25 million traders in its 58-year previous mutual fund trade.

Data from information intelligence platform Tracxn exhibits that firms within the cryptocurrency and blockchain house have raised $503.98 million in 2021 so removed from world marquee enterprise capital and personal fairness traders. Crypto trade Coinbase’s enterprise arm, fintech agency CRED’s founder Kunal Shah, decentralised finance developer Andre Cronje, and billionaire investor Mark Cuban have featured within the record of these investing on this house in India.
Of the whole quantity raised, the information present, start-ups working cryptocurrency exchanges and buying and selling platforms alone raised a bulk of the quantity: $427.53 million. These funding companies have additionally backed a few of India’s largest names within the tech and start-up segments, together with Flipkart, Byju’s, Meesho, PharmEasy, Zomato, Unacademy, City Firm.
In April 2018, the RBI took a stance on cryptocurrencies and banned all banks from coping with digital currencies, successfully slicing off the cash provide into these digital property. Nonetheless, in March 2020, the Supreme Court docket overturned the ban.
At present, the Authorities is engaged in detailed discussions with consultants and trade associations on regulation and taxation of cryptocurrency. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had chaired a gathering during which it was agreed that the steps taken might be “progressive and forward-looking”.
Considerably, most massive banks, together with State Financial institution of India, ICICI Financial institution, HDFC Financial institution, haven’t but allowed use of their infrastructure by these exchanges.

The banks to have partnered a few of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges, reminiscent of WazirX, CoinDCX, and many others., embody Punjab Nationwide Financial institution, IDFC First Financial institution, Federal Financial institution, Deutsche Financial institution, Financial institution of India, Financial institution of Maharashtra and Indian Financial institution.
In 2020, funding in cryptocurrency and blockchain know-how platforms was solely $32.30 million by way of 17 funding rounds. But, this was virtually 3 times the $11.10 million raised on this phase in 2019. In 2018, the quantity was barely increased at $13.51 million.
In keeping with information from Coinmarketcap, a knowledge platform owned by the world’s largest cryptocurrency trade Binance, 5 India-based cryptocurrency exchanges — WazirX (owned by Binance), CoinDCX, Giottus, Zebpay and Bitbns — collectively clocked 24-hour buying and selling volumes of $977.68 million on the spot market as of Wednesday night.

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