Katie Haun’s Thirdweb Raises $24M in Series A Funding Round

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by Sanaa Sharma · 3 min read
Katie Haun’s Thirdweb Raises $24M in Series A Funding Round
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Currently, Thirdweb services are employable on the Ethereum, Avalanche, and Fantom blockchains.

Thirdweb, a medium for Web3 app designers, welcomed $24 million in a Series A funding round of $160 million valuations. The round was led by California-based venture capital firm Haun Ventures, which was founded in 2022 by Katie Haun, former partner of the famous venture capital firm a16z.

Thirdweb presents already-built, audited smart contracts that act as an instant manual for developers who want to design and securely utilize the application to blockchains, and subsequently handle the associated analytics. Possible applications of the product include blockchain games and Non-Fungible Token (NFT) drops.

Katin Haun, the former federal prosecutor who quit a16z in December last year to establish her own firm, has lept for the stars as soon as she left. She has become a significant crypto investor and has been able to raise $1.5 billion for two novel venture funds in March. The capital raised here comprised $500 million for an early-stage fund and $1 Billion for an acceleration fund. The funds were supported by Haun’s former company a16z, as well as some charitable foundations and university endowments.

Haun was a prosecutor with the Department of Justice for over ten years. She plans to become a registered investment advisor (RIA), allowing her to cancel caps on the portion of funds that can be utilized for token sale and purchase.

The firm is established by Bebo founder Furqan Rydhan and entrepreneur Steven Bartlett of Dragon’s Den UK. According to Thirdweb co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Furqan Rydhan, there hasn’t been an enormous influence on their clients or the developers as they create these following projects. In an interview recently, Rydhan explained that smart contracts are far more liable to go wrong than conventional internet software.

In the recent round of funding, Coinbase Ventures, Shopify, Protocol Labs, Polygon, and Shrug VC were a few companies that took part. Thirdweb tools have been put up for use by international brands like buy now, pay later platforms such as Afterpay and New York Fashion Week. Even though Thirdweb is officially a web3 enterprise, the brands mentioned above are incorporating their services to construct elaborate and innovative systems like NFT-gated membership clubs and tickets.

The previous December, the newly formed company was able to collect total funding of $5 Million in a seed funding round that comprised some illustrious names like Gary Vaynerchuck and Mark Cuban.

According to CEO Rydhan, the incoming capital will be invested in product development and employing people across various teams like business and sales. Rydhan also proclaimed that another famous car firm was presently utilizing the product to design an NFT list for its latest model.

Presently, Thirdweb services are employable on the Ethereum, Avalanche, and Fantom blockchains.

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