Alameda Research Co-Leads $1.8M Seed Round for DeFi Protocol Linear Finance

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A group of strategic investors including quantitative trading firm Alameda Research have led an investment in the decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol Linear Finance.

  • The protocol announced the completion of its $1.8 million dollar private seed funding Wednesday, saying NGC Ventures, Hashed, CMS Holdings, Genesis Block and Kenetic Capital had also led the round.
  • Evernew Capital, Soul Capital, Moonrock Capital, Black Edge Capital and PANONY also participated as strategic partners.
  • Alongside their investments, NGC founding partner Tony Gu and Hashed co-founder Ryan Kim will join Linear's advisory board.
  • The funding will go towards accelerating the development of Linear's testnet and mainnet, as well as promoting its platform, the protocol's team said in a press release.
  • Linear claims to be the first cross-chain compatible, decentralized delta-one asset protocol that can create, trade, and manage synthetic assets.
  • β€œWith DeFi, we are experiencing one of the most significant and important shifts in our cryptocurrency ecosystem," said Linear co-founder Kevin Tai.
  • Linear's new investors bring experience in areas including financial innovation, key market expansion and roadmaps to institutional liquidity, Tai added.
  • Linear Finance has begun integrating with Binance Smart Chain as a layer-two solution to solve challenges facing existing synthetic asset protocols, according to the announcement.
  • The protocol is already working with existing DeFi projects, having announced last week a partnership with oracle network for off-chain data, Tellor.
  • The public sale of Linear's tokens is expected in mid-September, a spokesperson told CoinDesk.