Black diagonal chain, a blockchain concept

Alphabet, BlackRock lead public firms investing $6B in blockchain startups

The digital currency market may be in a bear phase, and some major companies may have collapsed this year, but interest in blockchain technology is as high as ever among the world’s largest companies. A new report has revealed that the top 40 public companies have continued to back blockchain startups, injecting over $6 billion into these firms over the past year.

The report by BlockData looked at investments in blockchain firms between September 2021 and mid-June this year. However, the research firm acknowledged that it’s impossible to determine exactly how many of these companies invested as most funding rounds are opaque on individual contributions.

Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL), Google’s parent company, tops the list, participating in funding rounds that raised $1.5 billion. During that time, it invested in four companies—Fireblocks, Dapper Labs, the Digital Currency Group, and Voltage.

DCG, which owns every other company in the industry, from exchanges to wallets to infrastructure tools, raised the most money of the four. In November 2021, it raised $600 million in a credit facility at a $10 billion valuation. Fireblocks raised $550 million in January this year, while Dapper Labs, the company behind NBA Top Shot, raised $250 million last year. 

After Alphabet, financial giant BlackRock (NYSE: BLK) was involved in the second-highest fundraising at $1.17 billion. BlackRock, which has $10 trillion in assets under management, invested in USDC maker Circle, Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX, and Anchorage Digital, a digital asset platform catering to institutions. Morgan Stanley (NASDAQ: MS.PRK), Samsung, PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL), Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), and Goldman Sachs are the top investors in blockchain startups.

Most active investors in blockchain

Outside the U.S., Samsung took the lead ahead of Australia’s Commonwealth Bank, which participated in funding rounds that raised $421 million. Dutch tech investor Prosus, China’s tech giant Tencent and Singaporean banking corporation UOB are the other top investors in blockchain outside the U.S.

Most global conglomerates invested in two or three startups. However, Samsung was an outlier, spreading its funding across 13 firms which collectively raised $979 million. They included Yuga Labs, the company behind the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT collection; Sky Mavis, the maker of Axie Infinity; and Animoca Brands, the parent company of The Sandbox, a metaverse-focused blockchain project.

Watch the BSV Global Blockchain Convention Dubai 2022 Day 1 here:

YouTube video

Watch the BSV Global Blockchain Convention Dubai 2022 Day 2 here:

YouTube video

Watch the BSV Global Blockchain Convention Dubai 2022 Day 3 here:

YouTube video

New to blockchain? Check out CoinGeek’s Blockchain for Beginners section, the ultimate resource guide to learn more about blockchain technology.