US crypto-exchange Kraken has confirmed that it will involve “valued clients” in its latest fundraising round, valuing the firm at $4 billion. The company said that while “fundraising is not a necessity” at present, “building a war chest for acquisitions in the bear market presents a win-win opportunity.” The decision to raise funds during the market-slump follows that of Kraken’s US competitor, Coinbase, which raised $300 million with an $8bn valuation.
Still, Kraken is changing direction by appealing directly to customers to purchase a stake in the firm. CEO Jesse Powell clarified that the rather novel fundraising round would only be open until 16th December and “available to a very small, select number of clients.” He did not outline how much the company hopes to raise. (Source: CoinDesk)
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Kraken appeals to customers in novel strategy to raise at a $4 billion valuation written by Isabel Woodford @ https://www.theblockcrypto.com/tiny/kraken-appeals-to-customers-in-novel-strategy-to-raise-at-a-4-billion-valuation/ December 12, 2018 Isabel Woodford