Tampa-based blockchain agency BlockSpaces has closed a $5.75 million enterprise seed spherical.
BlockSpaces, based in 2017 and based mostly out of Embarc Collective, offers a platform that eliminates boundaries for firms integrating into blockchain networks and managing the complexities related to blockchain in a enterprise surroundings.
“We have now been constructing the primary layer of the platform with infrastructure elements and now we shall be increasing into the secondary layer-API integration,” BlockSpaces CEO and co-founder Rosa Shores stated. “We had a rare yr and we shall be doing a Collection A spherical in 2022.”
The seed spherical was led by San Francisco-based investor Leadout Capital, which has beforehand supplied funding, with participation from GTMfund Tampa-based Druid Ventures and famend tech investor Mark Pincus, founding father of the cellular social gaming firm Zynga. Brighter Capital, BlockFund Ventures and Tampa tech entrepreneur Tony DiBenedetto additionally participated within the spherical. Moreover, BlockSpaces secured a serious strategic funding from an undisclosed fintech VC agency.
The seed spherical occurred over 4 weeks. That is the corporate’s second financing announcement since its preliminary $1.25 million seed spherical in March 2021, which brings BlockSpaces’ whole quantity raised to simply over $7.25 million.
In 2021, BlockSpaces skilled momentous progress in buyer acquisition and market penetration, culminating in a 40-times enhance in income and a 20-times enhance in prospects.
“We’re excited to proceed to assist the BlockSpaces group in constructing an infrastructure platform that may develop enterprise entry to blockchain-based [innovation],” Leadout Basic Associate Steve Brownlie stated in a information launch. “We imagine their providing will unlock the worth of blockchain tasks deployed by companies of all sizes with ease of participation within the fast adoption and growth of a number of use circumstances together with decentralized finance (DeFi) and nonfungible tokens (NFT).”
As a part of the funding spherical, Brownlie will be a part of BlockSpaces’ Board of Administrators.
BlockSpaces’ resolution permits firms and builders larger accessibility to each private and non-private blockchains by combining no/low code, drag-and-drop workflows, sturdy efficiency analytics, and managed blockchain infrastructure which additional affords the flexibility to stake, scale, and deploy nodes with enterprise-grade safety and monitoring, in line with the discharge.
“There’s a whole lot of pleasure round Web3 proper now, however there’s nonetheless a whole lot of work to be finished,” Scott Barker, enterprise accomplice on the GTMfund, stated in a launch. “We imagine organizations like BlockSpaces that may facilitate a bridge between the ‘previous world’ and the brand new can have a huge effect on shaping the know-how panorama over the following 5 to 10 years.”
With the extra funding, Shores stated BlockSpaces will double its headcount over the following eight to 12 months. The agency at present has 20 workers.
The extra 20 jobs will embrace positions in software program engineering, DevOps engineering, customer support and gross sales.
As BlockSpaces continues to develop in Tampa Bay, the agency says it should at all times be dedicated to its roots.
“BlockSpaces has been on the bottom flooring of the blockchain neighborhood since round 2013. You’re seeing a whole lot of new firms coming right here nevertheless it took a very long time to see this – it might look like it has occurred in a single day, however this expertise has been right here for a very long time,” Shores stated.
She added that Cathie Wooden’s ARK Make investments agency relocating to St. Petersburg and the expansion of different companies similar to AgileThought, the Pocket Community and TrustLayer has garnered extra curiosity within the area.
“We’re simply pleased to have been part of the expansion,” she stated. “We are going to by no means depart Tampa Bay. For each my co-founder and I, that is the place our roots are.”