Bitcoin Security Pioneer BitGo Raises $12 Million in Series A Financing from Redpoint Ventures, Stratton Sclavos and Syndicate of Leading Bitcoin Investors
Former Verisign CEO and Other Online Finance Luminaries Join Forces With BitGo to Shape Future of Digital Money
PALO ALTO, Calif, June 16, 2014 – BitGo™, the leading Bitcoin security platform, today announced it has raised $12 million in Series A financing led by Silicon Valley venture capital firm Redpoint Ventures. Previous investors Bridgescale Partners, Jeff Skoll, Bill Lee, and Eric Hahn participated in the round. New investors include Radar Partners, Founders Fund, Barry Silbert’s Bitcoin Opportunity Corp., Liberty City Ventures, Crypto Currency Partners, Ashton Kutcher & Guy Oseary’s A-GRade Investments, and a number of top Bitcoin industry executives and angel investors. This financing makes BitGo one of the most well-funded companies in the Bitcoin ecosystem and positions the company for significant growth.
BitGo also announced that Jeff Brody, founding partner of Redpoint, and Stratton Sclavos of Radar Partners will join its board of directors. Mr. Sclavos was the CEO of Internet security firm Verisign from 1995 to 2007, and has served on the boards of public companies Intuit, Juniper Networks, and Salesforce.com.
“Bitcoin has opened a new frontier much like the advent of the commercial Internet in 1994,” said Stratton Sclavos, Partner at Radar Partners and former CEO of Verisign. “This new industry simultaneously promises endless possibilities while facing meaningful security threats. We believe that Bitcoin’s inherent advantages over existing financial services infrastructure, combined with BitGo’s best-in-class security platform, will accelerate the adoption of digital money as fundamentally as the Internet changed global communication and publishing.”
BitGo Security Seal
BitGo (www.bitgo.com) operates a Bitcoin security-as-a-service platform based on its patent-pending multi-signature technology. The company currently offers the world’s most secure online Bitcoin wallet for individuals, and BitGo Enterprise™ (bitgo.com/enterprise), the first multi-sig, multi-user solution for corporations and financial institutions to manage their Bitcoin holdings with enterprise-grade security. The company also enables exchanges, marketplaces, and e-commerce players to use its platform to facilitate secure, multi-party transactions that are secured with BitGo.
BitGo’s founding team is comprised of financial technology, online security, and digital currency veterans Will O’Brien, Mike Belshe and Ben Davenport.
Given a sufficient level of security, Bitcoin is a game-changing technology for global commerce and capital markets. With its decentralized, peer-to-peer ledger of transactions and clearing system, Bitcoin is poised to disrupt traditional payments and money transmission by reducing transaction fees and eliminating fraud and chargebacks. In the developing world, Bitcoin is being adopted as a viable alternative to legacy currencies for storing and transferring wealth.
“We are still in the early innings of the Bitcoin revolution,” said Will O’Brien, chief executive officer and co-founder of BitGo. “BitGo’s mission is to secure the world’s Bitcoin. By solving Bitcoin’s early security concerns for our customers and industry partners, BitGo is excited to help the Bitcoin industry grow with what we believe will be a speed and scale comparable to the Internet itself.”
Enterprise-Grade Bitcoin Security With Multi-Sig
BitGo offers a complete platform featuring enterprise-grade security, multi-signature wallets, transaction signing policies, private key generation and management, and robust authentication.
Prior to BitGo’s market entry in 2013, Bitcoin wallets were backed by one private key, creating the single point of attack that led to many of the well-publicized security breaches in recent years. BitGo developed a “2-of-3 key” multi-signature wallet in which three keys are issued and any two are required to sign a transaction – the digital equivalent of a bank safe deposit box.
The company has created a range of innovative security products that leverage and strengthen emerging industry standards, including BIP16 (P2SH) and BIP32 (hierarchical deterministic wallets).