EOS Developer Secures New Funding from Bitmain, PayPal Co-Founder in Major Investment Deals
Despite its recent struggles, the development firm behind EOS has received new backing from several big-name investors, including Bitman and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel. The deals solidify EOS’ emergence as a major player in the booming market for decentralized applications.
Bitmain, the world’s largest blockchain company, announced its investment stake in EOS on Monday after CEO Jihan Wu praised the protocol’s performance and scalability potential.
“The EOSIO protocol is a great example of blockchain innovation. Its performance and scalability can meet the needs of demanding consumer applications and will pave the way for mainstream blockchain adoption,” Wu said.
While the specifics of the deal were not disclosed, Bitmain’s involvement is said to align with Block.one’s vision of creating a more “connected world,” according to CEO Brendan Blumer.
Bitmain has quickly evolved into an international conglomerate with a number of key investments in recent months. The company, which was originally a bitcoin mining manufacturer, announced in May it had led a $110 million Series E round for Circle, a cryptocurrency exchange and wallet platform that is also backed by Goldman Sachs.
Earlier this month, Bitmain announced plans to purchase a roughly 43% stake in Opera Ltd., a Norwegian internet browser that has filed for an initial public offering with Nasdaq.
As Hacked reported earlier this month, Bitmain has emerged as the world’s largest blockchain company with a total value of about $12 billion.
EOS in the Spotlight
In addition to Bitmain, the development arm behind EOS has announced that Peter Thiel and hedge fund billionaires Louis Bacon and Alan Howard have also invested in the company. While their monetary contributions have not been publicized, their backing is considered a silver lining for EOS, which has struggled in the wake of a botched mainnet launch that has revealed more weakness than strength.
False starts, account suspensions and, more recently, RAM hoarding have all tainted EOS’ mainnet campaign. The project’s arbitration mechanism has also come under attack, which has compelled founder Dan Larimer to propose a new constitution entirely.
“I am merely saying that the current constitution is not wise,” Larimer said last month. “I have learned a lot about human nature by watching the disputes, the witch hunts, the ‘bring everything before ECAF’ mindset.”
Since peaking in late April, EOS has lost more than two-thirds of its value. The cryptocurrency is back below $8.00 a unit on Tuesday after reaching a high of $8.11 earlier in the week.
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