Multinational bitcoin platform BitX has raised $4m in a round led by South Africa's third largest company, the Naspers Group.
As part of the deal, James Caviness, PayU's chief product officer, will join the board of directors at BitX.
In a statement, he said:
Though it began as a local South African exchange, BitX, which offers wallet, exchange and merchant services to markets across Southeast Asia and Africa, has seen rapid growth over the last year.
Having invested time in building relationships on-the-ground and recruiting local staff in its branches, with the release of iOS and Android apps, it has also doubled down on mobile, which it described as the "de facto" computing device for the developing world.
The Singapore-based platform now claims to have the largest footprint of any cryptocurrency firm in the emerging markets.
High growth markets
PayU offers online payment services for 100,000 merchants in 16 of the world's high-growth markets. Like BitX, over its 10 year history the company has been focused on becoming experts in the local markets, or "local experts with a global presence".
BitX co-founder and CEO Marcus Swanepoel indicated this experience matched up with BitX's ambitions:
Like its previous round, BitX says its Series A will help accelerate the company's growth, including an aggressive hiring push – as illustrated by the 19 jobs currently listed on its site.
"Given our unique and competitive cost structure this funding round represents a significant capital injection to help expand our business," Swanepoel added.
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