Circle, the cryptocurrency trading firm, is reportedly searching to elevate a further $250 million to run its business, in step with a document by The Information’s Jon Victor. The firm, which runs an over-the-counter trading table and a cryptocurrency change, has already raised over $240 million from traders, including Goldman Sachs and IDG Capital. At its ultimate fundraiser, the company secured $110 million from crypto-miner Bitmain, and Circle changed into valued at $3 billion. Still, as The Block reported in advance this year it is feasible its valuation has dipped along with the marketplace for digital belongings.
Private shares of Circle had been being presented at just $three.Eighty — implying a $705M valuation in February. To be sure, it’s unclear if any stocks exchanged palms at that price. CEO Jeremy Allaire informed The Information in an interview that the employer has been impacted through a decline in cryptocurrency buying and selling volumes. Elsewhere, rival Kraken is trying to raise $one hundred million in a funding round. In contrast, Coinbase recently secured $three hundred million in a Series E fundraise at a valuation of around $8 billion.
According to Bloomberg, Goldman Sachs has lost the COO/CRO of its consumer unit Marcus to online payments powerhouse Stripe. Colin Kennedy, who held dual operational and revenue leadership roles at Marcus, has assumed Head of Banking and Issuing Partnerships at Stripe, per LinkedIn. Kennedy joined Goldman Sachs via the acquisition of financial technology startup Clarity Money, where he was also COO/CRO.
He was with Goldman Sachs for less than one year. Kennedy had 12 years of experience at American Express before Clarity Money. The migration of leadership talent from Goldman Sachs’ Marcus to Stripe marks a reversal from last April when former Stripe engineering leader Jeff Winner joined Marcus to head up the unit’s West Coast office out of San Francisco. At the time, Bloomberg profiled Winner and Goldman’s efforts to create a startup-like culture with no dress code, kombucha on tap, and a jeans and sneakers vibe. Goldman was making a concerted effort to attract tech workers and shed its historically stuffy image.