Reflecting on how far we've come and where we're going - as cited in Fortune, Coindesk, and the Accel Blog.
One of our company values is "radical gradualism." It reflects the combination of our big ambitions— to build foundational technology for the reinvention of the world's financial system— with our insistence on debating every important decision along the way. We are thoughtfully and deliberately paving the way for the responsible use of cryptocurrency among governments, financial institutions, cryptocurrency businesses, and consumers. This is no small task. That is why we are excited to announce that to further our mission of building trust in blockchains, we've raised a $30M Series B led by Accel, with participation from existing investors.
We have come a long way since we announced our $16M Series A in April 2018. We:
- Continued to grow our data advantage. We now support 85% of the top twenty coins by trading volume.
- Deployed Chainalysis KYT (Know Your Transaction), our real-time anti-money laundering and compliance solution for cryptocurrencies, and now have over 100 financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges signed up to use it.
- Expanded our coverage beyond Bitcoin to include Ether, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, and stablecoins to better analyze the funds involved in money laundering schemes, track contributions to ICO scams, and identify other forms of illicit activity in both Chainalysis Reactor, our investigations solution, and Chainalysis KYT (Know Your Transaction), our compliance solution.
- Broadened our support of global investigations with Chainalysis Reactor and have now tracked billions of dollars of stolen funds.
This is just the beginning. Illicit activity will continue to increase in absolute terms as the industry grows and as institutions prepare to transact in cryptocurrency. We will use our new funding to grow our global footprint, double down on our data, invest even more in new cryptocurrencies and multi-currency support, and continue to improve our compliance and investigation software. There is significant work to do in preparation for regulatory clarity and the institutionalization and mainstream adoption of cryptocurrency.
Growing our global footprint
Although we've had feet on the ground in London for a while, we are excited to officially open an office there. As our second European office following Copenhagen, London will act as our hub for European business as well as anchoring our research. We will look to double our headcount there, tapping into London's deep talent pool. The city is optimal for its proximity to top universities that increasingly recognize cryptocurrency as a technology poised to reshape the way people exchange value across the world. The office will position us to work with the major financial institutions and cryptocurrency businesses based in that market, as well as European governments. It's also convenient that our newest board member, Accel's Philippe Botteri, is based in London!
Additionally, we expect to continue to grow our business in APAC. In particular, cryptocurrency businesses founded in the region are quickly adopting anti-money laundering (AML) technology like ours in order to compete in the global arena and engage with users in the U.S. and Europe, and we expect this trend to continue. Cryptocurrency is borderless by design, and our technology can be used seamlessly across the world, regardless of local or international regulations.
Doubling down on data
Our core objective is to organize the world's blockchain data and make it accessible and useful to governments, financial institutions, and cryptocurrency businesses. We are doubling down on our investment in our people and technology that builds our understanding of how and why people use cryptocurrencies. Specifically, we are building a team that is focused on attributing more services associated with criminal activity, including darknet markets, scams, ransomware, terrorist financing, and sanctions evasion.
Our investigations and compliance software are only as good as our underlying historical data. It's like Netflix building a catalogue: the new shows are great, but they also need the classics for a complete collection. Chainalysis is the only company that has been systematically collecting information that links real world entities to blockchain transactions since 2014.
We analyze new cryptocurrencies far in advance of launching them in our products. This year, we'll prepare for coins that we expect to launch in 2020. We maintain rigorous standards on our level of data coverage before we make new coins available in our products. This ensures fast investigations and accurate risk scores for our customers.
Investing even more in new cryptocurrencies and multi-currency support
We know it's critical for our customers that we cover the most widely used cryptocurrencies. Cryptocurrency businesses need to monitor the breadth of coins and tokens they support, and investigators need to trace across multiple blockchains. That's why we overhauled our infrastructure and completely rethought how to best support multiple cryptocurrencies in our products. Now we're prioritizing the cryptocurrencies that have significant market share or are particularly meaningful to our customers. Last month we announced our expansion into stablecoins, with Paxos and TrustToken as our launch partners for Chainalysis KYT for Stablecoins. Stay tuned for additional coins and tokens rolling out over the next several months.
Continually improving our compliance and investigation software to create the fair marketplace for the responsible adoption of cryptocurrencies
We believe cryptocurrencies' open ledgers can actually set the standard for "regtech" once overarching regulation is in place. By harnessing technology like ours, regulators, compliance departments, consultancies, and Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) can gain unprecedented insight into how and why people move money across the world. In addition to this transparency, blockchain compliance technology can screen transactions in real time. This visibility and velocity means cryptocurrency can, in many circumstances, help identify underlying risks better than in traditional financial markets.
In other words, we're ready to help governments, financial institutions, and cryptocurrency businesses enforce and comply with regulations across jurisdictions. That said, we are always improving Chainalysis Reactor and Chainalysis KYT to help our customers navigate a world in which cryptocurrency is more clearly regulated and therefore more mainstream. We're focused on making our powerful software easier to use and releasing advanced features for even more insight and control.
Blockchains' potential to bring positive change is broad, ranging from streamlining remittances to serving the underbanked in the U.S. and abroad. But there is a long road ahead before cryptocurrency fulfills this potential. Building trust— among governments, financial institutions, cryptocurrency businesses, and consumers— is the most vital step in cryptocurrency's transformation into an invaluable technology that protects our safety and enables greater prosperity. We believe this radical transformation is best done gradually, and we're looking forward to this exciting next phase of our company's— and our industry's— growth.
We're growing! Check out our 25+ open roles here.
Below is an article originally written by Michael Haylon, the VP of Sales at CareMessage, and published on April 30, 2018. Click here to see CareMessage's remote job opening and learn more.
I believe that if an organization's growth saves lives, the only sensible standard for fundraising costs is whatever maximizes net income.— Dan Pallotta
This is a quote from Dan Pallotta. Dan is the author of "Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential," the best-selling title in the history of Tufts University Press. The Stanford Social Innovation Review said that the book, "deserves to become the nonprofit sector's new manifesto."
Below is an article originally written by Michael Acton Smith, the Co-Founder at PowerToFly Partner Calm, and published on January 15, 2019. Go to Calm's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.
At Calm we believe it's only a matter of time.
We're looking to double our team this year from 50 to 100 people so we'd love to hear from you if you're interested in our mission to improve the health and happiness of the world.
There are lots of fast-growing sectors in tech but few as important, positive and potentially world-changing as mental health.
Mental health has been misunderstood and stigmatized for too long but fortunately that is changing and creating tremendous opportunities. Mental health is finally stepping out of the shadows and into the light.
Almost fifty years ago a similar shift took place around physical health. Jogging was a bizarre new craze in the 1970s but as more doctors and celebrities talked about the health benefits, the more people embraced it.
We believe mental fitness is the new physical fitness and we are right at the start of a hugely exciting new wave that will create multiple billion-dollars brands.
Society is finally recognizing that treating our minds with the same care and respect we do our physical bodies is vital if we are to arrest the growing mental health crisis in the Western world.
An often quoted statistic is that one in four of us will have some mental health issue at some point in our lives.
The reality is that it's actually not one in four of us but one in one.
If you have a body you will have physical health issues, if you have a mind you will have mental health issues. This subject is incredibly important and relevant for all of us.
Health care in the US is a $3 Trillion industry but only a tiny fraction of that is spent on mental health. This is changing fast.
Many smart startups are working in this space and developing solutions to improve the lives of millions of people while also building strong, sustainable and profitable companies.
Calm is one of these companies and if you're intrigued about this rapidly growing sector, we look forward to hearing from you.
We currently have a small but exceptional team and will be adding over 50 new roles in 2019. Our HQ is in San Francisco but we have team members around the world.
Calm is a rare tech startup in that it is creating a product that is good for the world but also has very strong economics (our revenue has been tripling year on year while maintaining profitability).
Talented people have their pick of hot startups to work at so we wanted to share some inside information about Calm to encourage you to join us on this extraordinary journey:
Mission: To improve the health and happiness of the world.
Vision: To create one of the most valuable and meaningful brands of the 21st Century. The Nike of the Mind.
Over $100M annual revenue run rate
10X revenue growth in the last two years.
The Top grossing Health and Fitness app in the world (source: Sensor Tower)
Over 1M paying subscribers
19th Fastest Growing Private Company in America (Inc 5000 list)
Over 400,000 Five Star reviews in the App Stores
NPS of 74
Rated the 'World's Happiest App' by the Center for Humane Technology
40M downloads (almost one new one every second)
Calm is much more than just meditation. There are over 100 hours of unique content: Daily Calm, Sleep Stories, multi-day programs. Calm Masterclasses, Calm Music, Calm Body.
The company was co-founded by entrepreneurs Alex Tew and myself (Michael Acton Smith).
We look forward to hearing from you.
Below is an article originally written by PowerToFly Partner Spoiler Alert, and published on December 10, 2018. Go to Spoiler Alert's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.
Today, Spoiler Alert announced that it has received a Green Supply Chain Award for 2018 from Supply & Demand Chain Executive.
"We're thrilled to close out the year with this recognition from Supply & Demand Chain Executive," states Spoiler Alert CEO Ricky Ashenfelter. "Improving the management of distressed and unsold inventory is a critical step to preventing food waste and improving a business's bottom-line. We believe that sustainability and supply chain efficiency should drive profitability, and this acknowledgment is a testament to that."
The 11th annual Green Supply Chain Award recognizes companies making green or sustainability a core part of their supply chain strategy, and are working to achieve measurable sustainability goals within their own operations and supply chains. The awards also recognize providers of supply chain solutions and services assisting their customers in achieving measurable sustainability goals.
The past year saw exciting advancements with Spoiler Alert's mission to address inefficiencies in food supply chains. In April, the company announced ongoing results of its partnership with HelloFresh; in May, CEO Ricky Ashenfelter participated in a food waste roundtable with USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue; and in October, we shared that Maersk, the global logistics leader, invested in the company as part of a strategic round of financing.
"This year's award recipients place a critical emphasis on green initiatives within their companies and supply chains," says John R. Yuva, editor for Supply & Demand Chain Executive. "Entries provide examples of innovative approaches and impressive metrics of sustainability programs. We congratulate this year's honorees for their commitment to sustainability and recognize their tremendous achievements," Yuva adds. "Our honorees serve as role models for supply chains globally to expand their reach and impact of green leadership."