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Japanese Banking Giant Invests $15 Mln in Mobile Crypto Wallet

Sat, 01/26/2019 - 14:51
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Alex Dovbnya
SBI Group (a former subsidiary of SoftBank) keeps throwing money at crypto startups despite the market woes
Japanese Banking Giant Invests $15 Mln in Mobile Crypto Wallet
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Cryptocurrency wallet provider BRD has raked in $15 mln during its second funding round. The substantial investment comes from SBI Crypto Investment (a subsidiary of Japan’s premier banking services SBI Group).   

A springboard for Asian expansion  

BRD currently operates in 170 countries, boasting more than 1.8 mln downloads on the most popular mobile platforms (its user base witnessed a two-fold increase in 2018). With the help of the recently raised funds, the startup wants to continue its expansion into the enticing Asian market. BRD CEO Adam Traidman claims he’s ‘overly excited’ about the partnership, which will help to propel their international expansion.

Earlier this week, SBI Group also invested in another Switzerland-based cryptocurrency startup called Tangem, which creates smart card crypto wallets.

Asia dominating the crypto market

As U.Today reported earlier, more startups are tapping the Asian market given that Japan and South Korea are among the biggest crypto hubs in the world. To put this into perspective, the Japanese Yen (JPY) is on the cusp of surpassing in Bitcoin trading. TechCrunch founder urged US regulators to act faster in order to lag behind other major crypto markers.

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at