Bitcoin startup Chain ropes in $30 mln

By Alastair Goldfisher — 5 months ago

San Francisco-based Chain, a provider of blockchain services for bitcoin networks to trade and transfer financial assets and smart contracts, announced it has raised a $30 million Series B round of funding. Investors include Visa, Nasdaq, Citi Ventures, Capital One, Fiserv and Orange. The company has now raised about  $44 million in total funding. In addition, former American Express CEO and RRE Ventures founder Jim Robinson III has joined the company board.

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Branson Backs Square

By Reuters News — 4 years ago

(Reuters) – Square, the mobile payment start-up that counts former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers on its board of directors, has a new big-name backer: British billionaire Richard Branson. Branson has made a “multimillion” dollar investment in Square, according to a Square spokeswoman who declined to disclose the exact amount. Branson’s investment in Square follows […]

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Dorsey’s Square Backed by $141M in VC -CORRECTED

4 years ago

Square Inc., the start-up that lets you process credit card payments with your cell phone, made a lot of noise this summer when it closed a $100 million venture round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. KPCB’s Mary Meeker joined the company’s board, alongside former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers and investor Vinod Khosla. […]

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Visa Backs Twitter Co-Founder’s Mobile Payment Startup Square

By Lawrence Aragon — 5 years ago

(Reuters) LOS ANGELES, April 27 – Visa Inc. has thrown its weight behind a mobile payments venture created by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. The credit-card company has made an unspecified investment in Square Inc., a 2-year-old service that helps businesses and consumers pay with credit cards on a mobile phone or Apple Inc. iPhone, both […]

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Visa Gets into Games with $190M Purchase of PlaySpan

By Lawrence Aragon — 5 years ago

Extending its reach into in-game commerce, Visa has agreed to buy VC-backed PlaySpan for $190 million. Founded in May 2006, PlaySpan previously raised $46.25 million from more than half a dozen investors, including Easton Hunt Capital Partners, Menlo Ventures, Novel TMT Ventures, Softbank China & India Holdings, Source Ventures, STIC Investments, Vodafone Ventures, ZAD Global […]

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