SFOX, a cryptocurrency prime dealer for high-volume traders and institutional investors announced today that it raised $22.7 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Tribe Capital and Social Capital, with participation from Y Combinator, Khosla Ventures, DHVC, Blockchain Capital, Upside Partnership, SV Angel, DCG, Mark Britto, and Airbnb Co-Founder Nathan Blecharczyk.
Founded in 2014, provides services for investors such as funds, family offices, and high-net-worth individuals, with over $9 billion in transaction volume to date. SFOX has seen its client base grow 12-fold since the beginning of 2018, it enables institutions to trade high volumes without impacting prices by connecting them to a global network of cryptocurrency liquidity venues.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”Akbar Thobhani, CEO of SFOX” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]”The distributed nature of cryptocurrency has given rise to a large breadth of exchanges around the globe, creating a fragmented market and limited liquidity. Over the last four years, we’ve been able to provide our clients a single point of access and the best price execution by building the necessary smart routing technology to navigate and connect these global markets and exchanges.”[/perfectpullquote]
With this round of financing, SFOX plans to expand beyond its position as a prime dealer for institutional investors by building out the rails and infrastructure to become the premier institutional crypto asset management platform.
This will involve the delivery of a family of products that brings additional durability to crypto asset management, including advanced security and risk management products, additional infrastructure and support, and licenses to access new markets. SFOX believes these offerings will create new untapped opportunities for institutional investors.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”Co-Founder and Partner at Tribe Capital, Arjun Sethi, who will be joining SFOX’s board.” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]”Liquidity represents one of the most significant barriers to institutional cryptocurrency adoption. What has always excited us about SFOX and differentiates them from other players is that they provide access to a global integrated order book, sourced from exchanges, OTC desks, and market makers. This means institutions can trade from a single account and have the ability to buy and sell high volumes without impacting prices. This is exactly what institutional investors looking to embrace cryptocurrencies need today and in the future, as the ecosystem becomes more fragmented.”[/perfectpullquote]