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On-chain leverage trading platform Avantis Labs raises $4M seed round led by Pantera Capital

Avantis Labs, a decentralized finance (DeFi) derivatives ecosystem, has raised $4 million in a seed funding round led by Pantera Capital, the company’s co-founder and CEO Sehaj Singh exclusively tol

Trading-focused blockchain Sei raises $30M, bringing valuation up to $800M

Sei, a layer-1 blockchain focused on trading, has raised $30 million, Jayendra Jog, co-founder of Sei Labs, exclusively told TechCrunch. A company spokesperson shared an $800 million valuation for the

eToro secures $250M at a $3.5B valuation after scrapping SPAC, seeing slower growth

After calling off its plans to go public via a SPAC at a $10.4 billion valuation in 2022, trading platform eToro has secured $250 million in funding at a $3.5 billion valuation. The money is not a typ

Tensor raises $3M for Solana-focused NFT trading platform

Tensor, a Solana-centric NFT trading platform, has raised $3 million in a seed round led by Placeholder, the team exclusively shared with TechCrunch. The startup was co-founded by Ilja Moisejevs and R

As natural gas prices soar, Bitpanda lets you trade commodities

European trading platform Bitpanda originally started as a cryptocurrency exchange. Over the past few years, it has expanded to other asset types, such as stocks, ETFs and precious metals. And now, us

BlackRock hops on bitcoin bandwagon with new Coinbase tie-up

After years of resisting, the world’s largest asset manager has finally taken the plunge into crypto in a substantial way. BlackRock, which oversees $10 trillion in assets, is partnering with pu

Robinhood lets users manage their own crypto wallets in push to spur trading

After a difficult first quarter, investing app Robinhood is doubling down on new product launches, particularly in its crypto unit, in hopes they will help buoy the business. CEO Vlad Tenev announced

Robinhood to let users lend out their shares in its attempt to diversify revenue

Trading platform Robinhood is launching a feature that will allow its users to lend out their stocks in hopes of earning passive, recurring income from borrowers, the company announced today. Robinhoo

BitMEX crypto exchange lays off a quarter of staff after failed acquisition

Derivatives-focused crypto exchange BitMEX has laid off about 75 employees, or a quarter of the company’s staff, days after its founders’ plans to acquire a German bank fell through. Staff

Robinhood’s stock pops 25% on news of extended trading hours

Robinhood, the popular investing app for consumers, announced on Tuesday it would extend its stock trading hours in the morning and in the evening as it works toward its goal of 24/7 investing. Previo

Cega raises $4.3M seed round at $60M valuation to build exotic DeFi derivatives

Decentralized finance (DeFi) is one of the hottest, fastest-growing areas within crypto. An estimated 4 million-plus people worldwide have invested in DeFi products, according to data from Dune Analyt

Shares raises $40 million for its social investment app

Shares has closed a $40 million Series A funding round led by Valar Ventures. The company has been working on a mobile app that lets you easily buy and sell shares, but with a social twist. You can fo

Lydia adds stock and crypto trading to its payment app

French startup Lydia is entering a whole new category by adding trading to its financial super app later this year. The company is partnering with Bitpanda for this feature. Lydia users will be able t

Lightyear is a new stock trading app from early Wise employees

Meet Lightyear, a new London-based startup coming out of stealth today. The company is building a stock trading app with a focus on creating a truly commission-free app. In addition to waving account

Berlin’s Trade Republic nabs $900M led by Sequoia at a $5B+ valuation to take its neobroker app across Europe

Consumers are moving into investing to complement — or in some cases, offset — less favorable returns from things like traditional savings accounts with low interest rates or pensions, and

Bux, a European Robinhood, raises $80M to expand its neobroker platform

A new wave of apps have democratized the concept of investing, bringing the ability to trade in stocks and currencies to a wider pool of users who can use these platforms to make incremental, or much

Coinbase’s monster Q1 in context

In the first quarter of 2021, American consumer cryptocurrency trading giant Coinbase grew sharply, generating strong profits at the same time. For Coinbase, the disclosure of its preliminary Q1 2021

As expected, stock trading service Public raises $220M at unicorn valuation

The day before Robinhood goes under the the Congressional hammer, domestic rival Public.com announced this morning that it has closed a $220 million funding round at a $1.2 billion valuation. News of

This Week in Apps: GameStop madness hits trading apps, Apple privacy changes, Clubhouse becomes a unicorn

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a

Robinhood and Reddit top the App Store, as trading apps surge following GameStop mania

The GameStop mania didn’t just drive up the stock price of a declining video game retailer, it’s also sent trading apps and others to the top of the App Store, due to record-breaking downl
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