Over the years, this decentralized funding platform harmonizes the sharing of more than $18 million in grants. A prominent Ethereum ecosystem funder is now around to shepherd a set of tools to move the network to Ethereum 2.0 and even beyond.
IDEO, Electric Capital and Paradigmled other investors in the funding round
Specifically, Gitcoin has raised about $11.3 million investment rounds headed by the Paradigm, a crypto capital fund platform created by Fred Ehrasm, the co-founder of Coinbase and Matt Huang, the ex-Sequoia Capital partner. Other investors are Electric Capital, 1kx, the LAO, IDEO, MetaCartel Ventures, and angel investors; Balaji Srinivasan and Naval Ravikant.
This funding is okay for the firm to spin out of the ConsenSys and further decentralized. In an interview, Kyle Weiss, Gitcoin COO, said that it was the period for them to see if the bird could fly and whether they could do that on their own and even control their balance sheets appropriately.
Gitcoin helps projects like the Decentralized Exchange Uniswap
Kevin Owocki created Gitcoin in 2017 to connect a developer to an open-source project in Ethereum. This happens via virtual events and hackathons, grants, and incubators; by handling grant rounds plus raising the matching fund, the platform aided in getting projects such as the decentralized exchange Uniswap. The DEXs already have returned the gesture to aid run the Gitcoin-backed hackathon.
Meanwhile, the concentration has not been on getting profits. The aim is to expand the virtual events and business in order to subsidize or support the incubator and grants side. Weiss stated that an important thing to Kevin Owocki is the developer’s financial sovereignty for those operating around the Web 3 space.
Further, Weiss said that they need Gitcoin grants and Gitcoin to possess the staying power; thus, this is the period to ensure enough funds to last in the next four or next ten years, possibly via another bear market. This could prevent going lowly to investors and projects when the Ethereum price later cools in its present high record of about $2,400. Also, it offers the project additional independence to expand the ecosystem.
Mostly, people like the notion of expanding their ecosystems; they do not like the notion of expanding the overall ecosystem. Weiss thinks that these round funders model the same values and ethos they have and wish to view Web 3 to succeed. Weiss concluded that Paradigm and ConsenSys would possess seats on the board of Gitcoin but believes both companies are interested in ensuring that they are first focused on the community.