Blockchain Platform Chia Raises $61M From a16z, Others at $500M Valuation: Report

Founder Bram Cohen intends to take his payments company public.

AccessTimeIconMay 24, 2021 at 8:43 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. UTC

Chia Network, a programmable money platform created by BitTorrent founder Bram Cohen, has raised $61 million in Series D funding, Bloomberg reported.

  • Venture capital giants Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) and Richmond Global Ventures led the funding round.
  • Chia now has a valuation of about $500 million, according to an unnamed source, more than double the company's previous valuation.
  • Cohen has been saying for several years he intends to take the San Francisco-based company public.
  • The company plans to use the funding for hiring and to become a payment method for financial services firms, government and other institutions.
  • Richmond Global Ventures managing partner David Frazee will join Chia’s board, according to the report. He invested individually in the firm.
  • A16z first invested in Chia in 2018.

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