Israeli cryptocurrency mobile wallet co ZenGo raises $20m

ZenGo founders  Credit: ZenGo

ZenGo plans to use the funds to expand its financial services, including a VISA payment card, and a wider set of choices for on-ramp, off-ramp, trade and savings options.

Israeli cryptocurrency mobile wallet for retail investors ZenGo today announced that it has completed a $20 million Series A financing round led by Insight Partners with participation from Distributed Global (in partnership with Temasek Holdings) and Austin Rief Ventures, as well as existing investors Benson Oak Ventures, Samsung Next, Elron, Collider Ventures, FJ Labs, and others.

ZenGo plans to use the funds to expand its financial services, including a VISA payment card, and a wider set of choices for on-ramp, off-ramp, trade and savings options. Additional plans include expanded support for assets and chains - currently the wallet supports over 50 assets including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Binance Coin, Tezos, and Terra - and further developing its Keyless Wallet security technology. The investment comes less than a year after the company launched its wallet on iOS and Android in early 2020, and less than three months after it shattered its previous annual processing volume records reaching $100 million in the first quarter of 2021 alone.

ZenGo was founded by CEO Ouriel Ohayon, VP R&D Tal Be'ery, and VP research Omer Shlomovits

Unlike existing hosted or self-hosted solutions, ZenGo’s multi-party computation based Keyless Wallet technology replaces the traditional and notorious crypto private key with two independently created mathematical secret shares, while remaining on-chain and user-controlled. Unlike crypto exchanges, ZenGo cannot access users’ funds, and unlike traditional self-hosted wallets, backup and restoration of accounts are simply secured using facial biometrics. This novel approach allows ZenGo to safely and seamlessly put full ownership and control of digital assets where they belong - solely in its users’ hands.

Ohayon said, "We believe that a true crypto-based future will require solutions that are radically simple, mobile-first, and built on-chain. Our approach to security, based on MPC, eliminates traditional single points of failure, and has helped us build an innovative consumer-grade wallet that makes crypto simpler, and also an order of magnitude safer."

"What excites us most about ZenGo is the team. The co-founders bring a special combination of consumer know-how and crypto expertise to the table," said Jeff Horing Co-Founder and Managing Director at Insight Partners. "They understand the latest developments across the ecosystem and push the limits of threshold cryptography and Multiparty Computation (MPC). As new protocols mature, the team has innovated with products that enhance the user experience. We are thrilled to partner with ZenGo as they continue to scale and reach new consumers."

ZenGo was represented by Advs. Guy Lachmann and Uri Nesher of Pearl Cohen law firm.

Published by Globes, Israel business news - en.globes.co.il - on April 27, 2021

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ZenGo founders  Credit: ZenGo
ZenGo founders Credit: ZenGo
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