Sam Altman’s crypto project Worldcoin got more coins in its latest $115 million raise

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Do you have a coin? no? Well, Worldcoin is.

Tools for Humanity, the team building Worldcoin, has raised $115 million in a Series C round led by Blockchain Capital.

The crypto-focused project was co-founded by OpenAI CEO Sam Altman with a three-part mission: to create a global ID, a global currency, and an app that allows payments, purchases, and transfers using its token — alongside other cryptocurrencies and traditional assets.

Worldcoin has faced some concerns from people worried about privacy risks because it requires scanning the eyeballs of a billion people with a five-pound chromatic orb called “The Orb” in exchange for its token.

“With good reason, people are concerned and sensitive when it comes to biometrics — especially when you throw in a dose of crypto,” Spencer Bogart, general partner at Blockchain Capital, wrote Wednesday.

“But what’s actually happening under the hood is that the bullet takes an image of the iris and the device then generates a unique encoding of the randomness of the iris (the ‘iris code’),” added Bogart. “By default, the original biometric is immediately destroyed and the iris code is the only thing that leaves the orb.”

While the public may be hesitant, investors are still diving into the project as it is one of the few crypto companies still receiving hefty sums of capital in the midst of a persistent bear market.

Other investors in the Series C round include a16z, Bain Capital Crypto and Distributed Global. In March 2022, Worldcoin raised $100 million at a valuation of $3 billion.

In 2021, Worldcoin CEO Alex Blania told Root Devices that the currency is part of a larger effort to promote a more unified and fair global economy powered by the internet economy, something that cryptocurrencies notably failed to do in their first few years.

The latest increase will be dedicated to bot detection, research and development, and expansion of the Worldcoin project and application. Worldcoin is currently in beta testing and has onboarded approximately two million users across five continents.

Bogart and Blockchain Capital believe that Worldcoin could become the biggest gateway to cryptocurrencies, and the World App could become the most widely used crypto wallet. All this is not clear yet.

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The latest sub

For last week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Sergey Nazarovco-founder of Chainlink, the protocol that provides the Oracle network to power smart contracts.

Chainlink is also known as the web3 services platform that connects people, businesses and data to the web3 world. And for good reason – it has enabled over $7 trillion in transaction volume across DeFi, gaming, NFTs and other major industries.

Before co-founding Chainlink, Nazarov co-founded four other companies, most recently SmartContract, which focused on smart contracts.

We discussed many things related to smart contracts, Oracle networks, cross-chain interoperability, and Nazarov’s long-term vision for Chainlink.

We also delved into:

  • Unexpected use cases of smart contracts
  • Cryptographic Guarantees
  • How traditional companies can tokenize assets
  • AI and blockchain technology
  • CCIP updates

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Follow the money

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  4. Institutional-focused digital asset platform PYOR raises $4 million
  5. App automation platform Fastlane raises $2.3 million

This list was compiled using data from Messari and Root Devices’s own reporting.

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