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Crypto Highlights: April 2022

Every month we compile the major events that happened in crypto.

  • Bitcoin -17%

  • Central African Republic Passes Bill to Make Bitcoin Legal Tender

  • Fidelity to Allow 401(k) Accounts to Hold Bitcoin

  • Raises Undisclosed Series D at $14bn Valuation Led by Lightspeed and Baillie Gifford

  • Bolt Acquires Crypto Payments Startup Wyre for $1.5bn

  • Circle Raises $400mm Led by Blackrock, Fidelity

  • Near Protocol Raises $350mm Led by Tiger Global

  • MicroStrategy Purchases $195mm of Bitcoin at ~$45,716

  • Sky Mavis Raises $150mm Led by Binance to Repay Ronin Bridge Hack

  • Indian Crypto Exchange Raises $135mm Series D at $2.15bn Valuation

  • Bored Ape Yacht Club Sells >$100mm of Digital Real Estate in <45 Minutes in New Metaverse Project Otherside

  • Lightning Labs Raises $70mm Series B Led by Valor Equity Partners

  • Pantera Closes New $1.3bn Venture Fund

  • Dragonfly Raises $650mm Venture Fund Led by Multiple Ivy Leagues, KKR

  • Framework Ventures Launches $400mm Fund Focused on Blockchain Gaming

  • Fabric VC Set to Close Two Web 3.0 Venture Funds Totaling $245mm

  • Bitcoin Payment Processor BitPay Announces Support for Lightning Payments

  • Robinhood to Integrate Lightning Network

  • Lightning Network Payments Company Strike Launches Shopify Integration

  • Tesla, Block and Blockstream to Launch Solar Powered Bitcoin Mining in Texas

  • Facebook to Introduce Virtual Tokens and Crypto to Its Family of Apps

  • Sony and Lego Invest $2bn Into Epic Games to Build Metaverse for Kids

  • ESPN Signs First Ever NFT Deal with Autograph

  • UFC to Pay Bonuses to Fighters in Crypto

  • Goldman Sachs Offers Its First Bitcoin-backed Loan Product

  • Crypto Lender Celsius to Cease Paying Interest on New Deposits in US

  • UK Government Announces Move Towards Embracing Crypto

  • US Treasury Sanctions Russian Crypto Miners in First Ever Mining Sanction

  • Stripe to Enable USDC Payments on Twitter

  • Fort Worth Begins Mining Bitcoin in City Hall

  • Apollo Hires Former JPMorgan Crypto Exec Christine Moy to Lead Crypto Investing

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