Solana-based cross-chain trade Saber raised $7.7 million in a seed funding spherical.
The platform launched final month and allows the cross-chain trade of stablecoins and wrapped belongings. Saber Labs, the event crew behind Saber, introduced the funding spherical on July 28.
The event crew is at present a three-person unit and the agency will use the funds to rent round seven extra employees members this yr. It should additionally develop help to extra belongings on the trade.
The following step for Saber is to combine with extra belongings and protocols throughout the crypto universe — for those who’re constructing an app on Solana or elsewhere, we might love to talk!
— Dylan Macalinao (@DylanMacalinao) July 27, 2021
The spherical was led by enterprise capital agency Race Capital, with participation from billionaire Chamath Palihapitiya’s Social Capital, Bounce Capital, Multicoin Capital and the Solana Basis.
The seed spherical was additionally backed by angel traders corresponding to FTX’s Tristan Yver, OKcoin’s Jason Lau, Stacks’ Ryan Shea, Curve Finance’s Julien Bouteloup, and Terraform Labs’ Jeff Kuan.
Saber co-founder and CEO Dylan Macalinao famous on Twitter:
“For DeFi to achieve thousands and thousands of customers and trillions in worth, we want a blockchain that may deal with mass scale. Attributable to its low transaction prices and excessive efficiency, we consider Solana is that blockchain.”
The agency’s web site claims that the platform gives “low slippage buying and selling, even at giant volumes.” Saber additionally gives liquidity based mostly passive yield returns from transaction charges.
In keeping with knowledge from DeFi Llama, Saber has the second highest complete worth locked (TVL) on Solana with $185.77 million. Automated market maker (AMM) Raydium is at present sitting on the high with $572.21 million in TVL on the time of writing.
Solana is aiming to be a way more scalable competitor to the Ethereum community and it has been gaining consideration in 2021 with dozens of DeFi initiatives launching on the platform since March.
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Cointelegraph reported on June 9 that Solana Labs, the crew behind Solana raised $314.14 million by a personal token sale, which was led by high crypto enterprise companies Andreessen Horowitz and Polychain Capital.
On the time of the $314.14 million token sale, Anatoly Yakovenko, founder and CEO of Solana Labs mentioned the goal was to onboard one billion customers on the community:
“The following section is onboarding a billion customers. Solana was constructed from the bottom as much as accommodate this scale.”