USDC-Creator Circle Snares $440 Million in Funding Round

By Mathew Di Salvo

Crypto payments company Circle today announced that it has raised $440 million in a funding round.

The company, which is behind the US Dollar Coin (USDC), the 14th-biggest cryptocurrency by market cap and the second-largest stablecoin behind Tether, said the cash came from top investors.

These include Digital Currency Group, Fidelity Management and Research Company, and cryptocurrency exchange FTX, according to the release.

“With powerful backers who are committed to our mission and vision, we will redouble our efforts to expand into new markets, continue driving fundamental technology innovation and grow our team,” said Circle co-founder and CEO Jeremy Allaire.

The company added that the money will be used “to drive our market expansion and growth.”

Circle works to help online businesses adopt stablecoins and send payments. Along with Coinbase, the US’s first public cryptocurrency exchange, the company launched USDC, in 2018. Circle has since attracted top talent in the peer-to-peer payments industry, including the ex-executive vice president of Facebook’s Diem.