Crypto Recovery Specialist Asset Reality Raises $4.91M to Hire Engineers, Expand Ops

The irreversibility of cryptocurrency transactions presents a unique challenge for recovering stolen assets. The seed funding round was led by Framework Ventures and other investors.

AccessTimeIconJan 24, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. UTC
Updated May 9, 2023 at 4:06 a.m. UTC

London-based Asset Reality has raised $4.91 million in seed money to build a full service solution for crypto asset recovery, according to a press release provided exclusively to CoinDesk.

The fundraising was led by Framework Ventures, TechStars, SGH Capital and Outrun Ventures' Chris Adelsbach. The company plans to use the funds to triple its engineering staff and expand operations.

  • AI Tokens Surge as Nvidia Becomes World’s Most Valuable Company
    AI Tokens Surge as Nvidia Becomes World’s Most Valuable Company
  • MicroStrategy Buys 11.9K More Bitcoin; SEC Ends Probe Into Consensys
    MicroStrategy Buys 11.9K More Bitcoin; SEC Ends Probe Into Consensys
  • CoinFund President on Navigating the 'Macro Noise'
    CoinFund President on Navigating the 'Macro Noise'
  • Has Crypto Become Political?
    Has Crypto Become Political?
  • Traditional asset recovery has existed for decades; but the decentralized nature and irreversibility of cryptocurrency transactions presents a unique challenge. Asset Reality believes it can solve that conundrum by building a one-stop shop for tracking and recovering stolen digital assets.

    “The existing asset recovery system only recovers about 1% of criminal proceeds globally, with the emergence of digital assets adding more complexity to those efforts,” Asset Reality CEO and co-founder Aidan Larkin said in the release.

    According to blockchain security firm Certik, 2022 was crypto’s worst year in terms of hacks, scams and attacks. The industry lost a staggering $3.7 billion to illicit activity.

    To add insult to injury, 2023 kicked off with a hack that sent shock waves through Crypto Twitter when longtime Bitcoin Core developer Luke Dash Jr. tweeted that hackers had compromised his hot and cold wallets on New Year’s Day and siphoned off over 200 bitcoin (BTC).

    Dash later tagged the FBI in a follow-up tweet, although it’s unclear if law enforcement ever got involved. Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao (also known as CZ) was quick to offer his assistance.

    “Not everyone is a developer who can get CZ's attention, and this is why we exist,” Larkin told CoinDesk in an interview. “If someone like that comes on to the platform, we're taking the data about the loss that they've incurred and we're broadcasting that through our partners and through the analytics tools. So the first action is to do exactly what CZ mentioned.”

    Per the release, the Asset Reality team has specific experience with crypto asset recovery including “managing and liquidating” bitcoin in the aftermath of the epic Silk Road case. More recently, the company has delved into all manner of digital assets.

    “We manage seized [non-fungible tokens] for the Belgian government, for example,” Larkin said. “They will be sold by auction when the court order is granted, if the person is found guilty.”

    Larkin envisions a future where stolen crypto will be easily restored just as stolen credit card funds are routinely restored today.

    “Asset Reality has a team of ex-law enforcement and private sector asset recovery practitioners. We've investigated, we've seized, we've recovered, we've been to court,” Larkin explained. “So it's trying to fill that big gap that currently exists where you've got best practices, you've got good tools, but everything just isn't gelling together. That’s where we slot in.”


    Please note that our privacy policy, terms of use, cookies, and do not sell my personal information has been updated.

    CoinDesk is an award-winning media outlet that covers the cryptocurrency industry. Its journalists abide by a strict set of editorial policies. In November 2023, CoinDesk was acquired by the Bullish group, owner of Bullish, a regulated, digital assets exchange. The Bullish group is majority-owned by; both companies have interests in a variety of blockchain and digital asset businesses and significant holdings of digital assets, including bitcoin. CoinDesk operates as an independent subsidiary with an editorial committee to protect journalistic independence. CoinDesk employees, including journalists, may receive options in the Bullish group as part of their compensation.

    Frederick  Munawa

    Frederick Munawa was a Technology Reporter for Coindesk. He covered blockchain protocols with a specific focus on bitcoin and bitcoin-adjacent networks.