BitFury, the best capitalised mining firm in bitcoin, today announced it has raised an additional $20m in funding.
In a statement, CEO Valery Vavilov said:
“Today, we are excited to announce we have secured a funding round of $20m. The success of yet another funding round validates our business strategy and brings us closer to our ambitious goals.”
The company declined to confirm if other investors participated in its third round when contacted by CoinDesk.
The company is also expected to release its first bitcoin mining light bulbs sometime this year.
Since it was founded by Vavilov and Valery Nebesny in 2011, BitFury has witnessed rapid and dramatic change in the mining sector.
As bitcoin’s low value has eaten into miners’ profit margins, the hardware firm – which also offers hosting services – has doubled down on its core role as an industrial-scale transaction processor. “The entire bitcoin ecosystem is our client,” its site reads.
According to statistics from blogger Organ of Coti, BitFury recently tripled its market share, now processing more of bitcoin’s blocks than all private ‘block makers’ put together.
In a statement on the raise, DRW Venture Capital’s founder Don Wilson praised the companies efforts in this area:
“DRW’s investment in BitFury is an acknowledgment of the impressive work Valery Vavilov and the team has done to become a leader in the business of securing the blockchain.”
Fast and cool
In the transaction processing arms race, BitFury faces competition from KnCMiner, who recently unveiled plans for a 18,000-sq ft Arctic air-cooled mining facility that will run on Europe’s cheapest electricity.
Rather than sub-zero air, BitFury’s new facility will keep its “high performance” 28nm chips at a stable temperature using immersion cooling technology from its subsidiary Allied Control.
Its current data centre, which The Georgian Co-Investment Fund helped develop, is located in Gori, in the east of Georgia. It has a third in Iceland.
In line with BitFury’s ambition to double its performance-per-watt every six to 12 months, the facility is likely to house its 16nm ASIC, capable of 0.06 joules-per-gigahash, which is expected later this year.
Image via BitFury