Lightspeed Venture Partners Launches 4 Crypto Funds with $7.1B

Venture Capital (VC) firm Lightspeed Ventures has announced it has secured the cumulative $7.1 billion to bankroll 4 new crypto funds.


As announced by the VC, the four funds include Lightspeed Venture Partners XIV-A/B LP, Lightspeed Venture Partners Select V LP, Lightspeed Opportunity Fund II LP, and Lightspeed India Partners Fund IV, which will focus exclusively on Indian innovators.

Per the details shared, each of the funds notably closed with $1.98 billion, $2.26 billion, $2.36 billion, and $500 million, respectively. 

Besides the announcement of these funds, Lightspeed said it has also launched Lightspeed Faction, an independent team dedicated to building on Lightspeed’s nine-year history of backing exceptional founders in blockchain infrastructure. The Lightspeed Faction team will be led by investors Sam Harrison and Banafsheh Fathieh.

Lightspeed has one of the broadest allowances as a VC supporting the digital currency ecosystem. Its funds are injected into innovative projects irrespective of their stage or a particular geographical location. 

“We believe in investing at the earliest stages of innovation, partnering with generational entrepreneurs who have clarity of vision, an insatiable desire to build something enduring, and the conviction and courage to compete and win against all odds,” said Arif Janmohamed, Partner, Lightspeed. “We love to partner with and even incubate companies around core dislocations in the enterprise landscape and to build relationships with prospective entrepreneurs years before they are ready to start building.”

The latest capital accumulation by Lightspeed shows that investors are unbothered by the latest downturn in the crypto ecosystem.

Lightspeed Venture Partners is one of many VCs dedicating funds to support innovative projects in the emerging Web3.0 world. While the combined $7.1 billion capital from the four funds is the largest seen thus far, other outfits like Haun Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) have also previously floated $1.5 billion and $4.5 billion funds, respectively.

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Crypto Tax Accounting Firm TaxBit Receives Strategic Investment from Haun Ventures

TaxBit, a Salt Lake City, Utah-based provider of crypto tax and accounting software, announced on Tuesday that it has received a new investment from Haun Ventures – a new venture fund designed to help founders build the next generation of the internet.

The strategic investment will allow TaxBit to further accelerate its leading tax and accounting platform and bring additional solutions to the crypto market, helping clients and businesses report and pay crypto taxes.

This is one of the first investments by Haun Ventures, a venture capital fund recently founded by Katie Haun.

Ms. Haun co-led Andreessen Horowitz’s crypto arm in the past, but announced her departure in December last year. In March, Haun launched her venture capital firm, Haun Ventures, which is dedicated to backing crypto startups. The venture capital company was launched with $1.5 billion in capital across two funds — a $500 million early-stage fund and a $1 billion “acceleration” fund.

Besides providing investments to TaxBit, Haun Ventures stated that it has selected a world-class team of crypto-native experts and veteran policy and strategy operators who will collaborate with TaxBit to tell key audiences about how the tax and accounting infrastructure facilitates the growth of the crypto economy.

Katie Haun, the founder of Haun Ventures, talked about the partnership and said: “The web3 ecosystem has grown dramatically since I entered the space and yet we are still in early days. While the crypto economy will continue to unfold in cycles, there is now broad acceptance that this industry is here to stay. TaxBit provides the core infrastructure that is required for the crypto economy to grow and reach its full potential. In addition to the vital role the product plays in the broader ecosystem, the team at TaxBit is best-in-class which is why we’re proud to formally back the company and partner with them over the long term.”

Austin Woodward, TaxBit Founder and CEO, also commented on the development and stated: “The Haun Ventures team shares TaxBit’s vision of working with regulators to propel responsible regulation that enables digital asset adoption at scale. TaxBit’s compliance infrastructure is a critical component to the Web3 ecosystem. We have a deep respect for the Haun Ventures team and look forward to working together in carrying out our shared vision.”

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In August last year, TaxBit raised $130 million in a Series B funding round co-led by IVP and Insight Partners. Other investors, including Tiger Global, Paradigm, 9Yards Capital, Sapphire Ventures, Madrona Venture Group and Anthony Pompliano, also participated in the funding round.

The funding came a few months after TaxBit raised a $100 million Series A in March last year. The latest financing officially made TaxBit a unicorn, with a valuation of $1.33 billion.

The digital economy’s need for tax and accounting software is rising in the industry as regulators require more formal reporting practices. As a result, TaxBit has witnessed impressive growth. In 2020, the firm issued over two million tax forms.

Since the last funding raise, TaxBit has tripled its number of employees to about 100 people. The company has also established an office in Seattle, deployed services with the IRS, and created partnerships with a number of digital asset platforms including Coinbase, BlockFi and Gemini.

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