Google and its parent company Alphabet participated in some of the crypto industry’s largest funding rounds this year, according to research firm Blockdata.
Google-Supported Companies Raise $1.5 Billion
Google and Alphabet participated in crypto funding rounds that raised $1.5 billion between September 2021 and June 2022, according to Blockdata’s latest report.
The tech giant invested in four companies. GV, formerly known as Google Investors, handled two of those investments. Its first recipient was Dapper Labs, best known for its CryptoKitties and NBA Top Shots collectibles. The second was Voltage, a development company supporting Bitcoin’s Lightning Network.
CapitalG, Google’s private equity firm, invested in the cryptocurrency custody firm Fireblocks and the venture capital firm Digital Currency Group.
Google has taken issue with the report since it was published. It confirmed that the companies it has invested in have indeed raised $1.5 billion. However, it says that other investment companies also participated in the same funding rounds it did, meaning that Google “only invested a small fraction” of the total amount.
Aside from those investments, Google has formed several partnerships with blockchain companies through Google Cloud in recent years. The division has provided technical services rather than funding in most of those cases. This February, Google also announced that it would form a dedicated team to work on crypto.
Despite Google’s apparently extensive interest in crypto and blockchain, the company has not yet announced or introduced any public-facing crypto products.
Industry Investments Total $6 Billion
Beyond Google, Blockdata’s report indicates that 40 companies from the top 100 publicly traded companies invested $6 billion into the crypto industry.
Samsung, notably, made the most individual investments. The electronics giant invested in thirteen different crypto startups, including Animoca Brands—the company behind blockchain games such as The Sandbox and REVV Motorsports.
Other firms named in Blockdata’s report include the major investment manager Blackrock (which invested in Circle, FTX, and Anchorage Digital) and Microsoft (which invested in the Ethereum development firm ConsenSys).
Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, BNY Mellon, PayPal, Tencent Alibaba, and Wells Fargo are among the other companies listed as crypto industry investors.
Two institutional crypto services, Anchorage Digital and Talos, attracted multiple investors. The analytics platform CoinMetrics also attracted multiple investors.