Facebook Allegedly Seeking USD$1 Billion VC for Cryptocurrency Project

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Author and NYT’s writer Nathaniel Popper tweeted today that sources are telling him that Facebook is seeking to raise up to USD$1 billion dollars for their cryptocurrency project – mostly like to prop up a stable coin with a massive reserve. 

Facebook paid $19 billion when they acquired WhatsApp. What do they need VC for?

Bloomberg and The New York Times first reported on the story late in 2018, but it’s been quite quiet since then. 

Ross Davis from Global Crypto Press has done a great job of digging deeper into the subject:

“Facebook hired former PayPal President David Marcus in 2014, first as head of their Messenger app, now running a whole new department under the title of “Director of Engineering, Blockchain.”

Facebook’s blockchain department has 40+ employees already.

There are 22 job listings right now as Facebook is hiring even more people for their blockchain department.

Facebook is seeking $1 billion from VCs to fund their cryptocurrency project.

Adding a stablecoin to WhatsApp is not a project that takes 60+ people in a whole new department or a billion dollar budget. Regardless, Facebook doesn’t need investors to cover a $1 billion expense.”

Davis thinks that there is much more to the story and pontificates there’s more in the works than just adding a blockchain-backed ‘send money’ feature to a messaging app. He believes that Facebook will go on a massive acquisition spree in the blockchain and crypto industries. 

The Blockchain News team thinks that the reserves needed to back a stable coin from Facebook will be massive and perhaps Zuckerberg and his team want to spread the risk amongst institutional investors and VC. 



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About Richard Kastelein

Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News put him in the top 10 Token Architects in Europe.

Kastelein has an Ad Honorem - Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford's Saïd Business School for Business Automation 4.0 programme.  Over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division.

Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, Prague, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara (2x), Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich.

He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com, and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French. A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world. In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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