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FTX Raises $420,690,000

FTX has memed itself into another massive funding round.Sam Bankman-Fried’s Bahamas-based crypto exchange said Wednesday it had raised $420,690,000 in a Series B-1 funding round. Sixty-nine investors – including BlackRock and Tiger Global – joined the fast-growing crypto conglomerate.Investors valued the exchange at $25 billion, FTX said, a nearly 39% jump over the Series B sticker price from July when it raised a whopping $900 million in crypto’s largest-ever venture capital funding round. FTX says users have grown 48% in that period and trading volume rose 75%.Read more: FTX Crypto Exchange Valued at $18B in $900M Funding RoundSurging growth coincided with FTX’s summertime marketing blitz. The new funding round is being announced as bitcoin tops fresh all-time highs.The exchange has spent big on sports advertising this year, writing a mainstream outreach playbook with Major League Baseball that competitor Coinbase appears to be following in a new deal with the National Basketball Association.But courting name recognition is just one spoke in the strategy, Bankman-Fried told CoinDesk in an interview.Awash in venture capital and multimillion-dollar-a-day revenue streams, the CEO is planning a series of acquisitions and partnerships to get FTX into more countries, with more users.“We’ve probably done a half a billion dollars of acquisitions so far this year,” Bankman-Fried told CoinDesk in a call. He said the coming buys are “potentially sizable.”All that from a company whose influence is growing by the day. FTX – once only an overseas crypto derivatives exchange – now boasts a U.S. affiliate with its own NFT marketplace and a roadmap to offering regulated futures products.Read more: FTX.US to Buy LedgerX in Bid for US Crypto DerivativesThe power FTX has amassed over the cryptosphere was on display last week when it barred NFTs projects with revenue-sharing schemes from listing on its marketplace. A number of projects, including Solarians, quickly dumped that feature to comply, angering troves of buyers.“To some extent, people are taking cues from us,” Bankman-Fried said.

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