SG’s crypto startup Matrixport seeks to raise $40m at $300m valuation

Matrixport, the crypto-finance venture founded by Bitmain Technologies Ltd.’s billionaire chief Wu Jihan, is seeking to raise $40 million in a funding round at a post-investment valuation of $300 million, according to people familiar with the matter.

Crypto startups are riding somewhat of a resurgence along with a modest recovery in Bitcoin prices. Matrixport pitched its latest round to investors in recent weeks, the people said, asking not to be named because the matter is private. The startup took in $7 million to $8 million in revenue for 2019 and expects that to more than double this year, according to a slide deck shared with investors and viewed by Bloomberg. The firm was valued at $114 million in a previous round, according to the deck.

Matrixport is one of a crop of fledgling firms trying to develop financial services for professional cryptocurrency traders and investors. The startup was spun off from Bitmain last year after the world’s largest maker of Bitcoin mining rigs ran into a cash crunch. Wu and Bitmain itself are major shareholders in the new venture.

Launched in July, Singapore-based Matrixport aims to become a one-stop platform for over-the-counter trading, lending and custody for digital assets. Matrixport Chief Executive Officer Ge Yuesheng declined to comment. It rivals the likes of BitGo Inc. and Genesis Global Trading Inc. in the U.S.

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

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  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.