Aptos Labs Raises $150 Million in Series A Funding, Plans to Expand Staff

Mo Shaikh and Avery Ching, the two co-founders of Aptos Labs formerly worked at Meta.

Aptos Labs Raises $150 Million in Series A Funding, Plans to Expand Staff

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Aptos Labs is looking to add a Web3 twist to gaming, social media, entertainment, and finance

  • Aptos Labs was founded in 2021
  • The California-based company aims to drive Web3 adoption
  • It aims to use freshly raised capital to add more members to its staff

Aptos Labs, a blockchain start-up founded by former Meta employees, has raised $150 million (roughly Rs. 1,196 crore) in a Series A funding round. This investment round, led by FTX Ventures and Jump Crypto, also saw participation from other venture capital firms such as Apollo, Circle Ventures, Griffin Gaming Partners, Franklin Templeton, and Temasek's Superscrypt. The fresh capital raised by Aptos Labs will be used to expand its team as the firm gears up to drive Web3 adoption.

“We are working with our strategic partners to identify consumer needs, and address them by shipping the most performant and upgradable blockchain technology. This funding comes at a critical time in our industry. At Aptos, we are taking this as an opportunity to build the reliable foundation Web3 has been waiting for,” Aptos Labs, founded in 2021 in California, said in a Medium post.

Mo Shaikh and Avery Ching, the two co-founders of Aptos Labs formerly worked in Meta. During their tenure there, both Shaikh and Ching worked on Meta's crypto projects called Diem and Novi, that failed to take off.

With their own firm, Shaikh and Ching are looking to add a Web3 twist to the sectors of gaming, social networks, media, entertainment, as well as finance.

“We've hosted hackathons, reached 20,000 operational nodes during devnet, launched our series of incentivised testnets, and raised total funding of $350 million (roughly Rs. 2,791 crore) to strengthen this evolving community. We look forward to growing the Aptos team, product suite and community with this funding,” the company further added.

In recent times, several big names in the venture capital business have contributed funds to crypto-related businesses.

Earlier in June, for instance, Binance Labs closed a mega investment round bagging $500 million (roughly Rs. 3,875 crore) for its Web3 focussed fund pool. A bunch of global institutional investors, including DST Global Partners, Breyer Capital, and Whampoa Group among other companies, participated in this funding.

Venture capital giant Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) also has pledged $600 million (roughly Rs. 4,661 crore) to accelerate research and development in the Web3 and NFT gaming industry.

Dapper Labs and Dragonfly Capital, earlier this year, pledged $725 million (roughly Rs. 5,600 crore) and $650 million (roughly Rs. 4,975 crore) respectively, to grow the Web3 ecosystem.

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Radhika Parashar
Radhika Parashar is a senior correspondent for Gadgets 360. She has been reporting on tech and telecom for the last three years now and will be focussing on writing about all things crypto. Besides this, she is a major sitcom nerd and often replies in Chandler Bing and Michael Scott references. For tips or queries you could reach out to her at RadhikaP@ndtv.com. More
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