Blockchain developer platform Alchemy it had raised $80 million in a Series B round of funding led by Coatue and Addition, Lee Fixel’s new fund. The $15.5 million, so the latest financing brings its total to $95.5 million since it launched in 2017. The latest round caught our attention for a few reasons.
First, the company, which describes itself as the backend technology behind the blockchain industry, went from a public launch to a $505 million valuation in just eight months. , Alchemy says it powered over $30 billion in transactions for tens of millions of users worldwide. Second, the startup says it also already powering the majority of the NFT industry.
And finally, its investors in the round include a high-profile mix of institutions and individuals such as DFJ Growth, K5 Global, the Chainsmokers, actor Jared Leto and the Glazer family (owners of the Buccaneers and Manchester United). They joined existing backers, including Yahoo Jerry Yang, Pantera Capital, Coinbase, SignalFire, Samsung, Stanford University, Google chairman and Stanford University President John L. Hennessy, Charles Schwab, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, and others.
Sources with inside knowledge of Alchemy’s operationsthat it has grown its business more than eightfold since signing the Series B term sheet. They also said Alchemy had over $300 million of investor demand to enter the round and is being inbounded to do another financing at “many times” the current valuation.
explosive growth. with Alchemy co-founders Nikil Viswanathan (CEO) and Joe Lau (CTO) about the raise, and their passion for the startup’s mission was evident, as was its “We realized that for space to thrive and .
Alchemy aims to start on top of a blockchain or mainstream blockchain applications. Its developer platform seeks to remove the complexity and costs of while improving applications through “necessary” developer tools.
The vertical, including financial institutions, exchanges, billion-dollar decentralized finance projects, and multinational organizations such as UNICEF. It has also quickly become the technology behind every central NFT platform, including Makersplace, OpenSea, Nifty Gateway, SuperRare, and CryptoPunks.
“Every time you open DoorDash, you’re using Amazon’s infrastructure,” Lau said. “Every time you interact with an NFT, you’re using Alchemy. It’s being powered by Alchemy underneath the hood.” While the pair would not provide hard revenue figures, the company – which operates as a SaaS business – says it increased its revenue by 600% in 2020.
For inside players, Alchemy’s efforts are paving the way for the whole industry. “The crypto economy is innovating faster than any technological movement that came before it, and Alchemy has been a key driver of that,” said Coinbase President and COO Emilie Choi. “Alchemy enables developers to build the rich ecosystem of applications necessary for mainstream blockchain adoption.”
Pantera Capital’s Paul Veradittakit describes Alchemy as “the Amazon Web Services (AWS) of the blockchain industry” that is “enabling the vision of a decentralized web.” “While in Web 2.0, Microsoft, Apple, and AWS are three of the most valuable companies globally because they are the developer platform powering the computer and internet industries, Alchemy is primed to do the same for the blockchain,” he said.
The company believes the comparison to AWS is fair: “Just as AWS Uber, Netflix, and much of the technology industry, Alchemy powers infrastructure for many large players in the blockchain industry.”
Alchemy plans to use its new capital to expand its developer platform to new blockchains, global fuel expansion, and open new offices in the U.S. and globally. The startup is based in San Francisco and plans to open an office in New York.
“We are going to use the funds to support new chains with our developer platform,” Viswanathan said. “We also expect to 5x the team this year.” But to be clear, Alchemy prides itself on being lean and mean. “We just went from 14 to 22 employees,” Lau said. “We have intentionally wanted to keep the team as small as possible.”
The blockchain space has recently been the subject of increased investor interest. In March, BlockFi, which describes itself as a financial services Series D financing, which doubled its valuation to over $2 billion. investors, announced it had closed on a massive $350 million Series D funding valued at $3 billion. Also, last month, Chainalysis, a blockchain analysis company, revealed the close of $100 million in