Google-Backed Fintech Startup Uses Bitcoin for Cross-Border Settlement


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Veem, a cross-border payments platform that uses bitcoin to move funds among businesses without the need of banks, has raised $25 million in a round led by Goldman Sachs, according to Forbes.

The service, which does not require either counterparty to hold bitcoin directly, has quadrupled its revenue in the past year. Also participating in the funding round were GV (previously known as Google Ventures), Kleiner Perkins, Pantera Capital, Silicon Valley Bank, and Trend Forward Capital.

Founded by Marwan Forzely, who previously developed and sold a service to Western Union to allow the transfer provider to connect to customer bank accounts directly, Veem uses an algorithm to route transactions automatically among the most efficient payment rails.

The onboarding process will deploy increasing levels of automation that will include built-in KYC/AML compliance.

Service Gains Rapid Support

The San Francisco-based service has proven effective at turning Veem payment recipients into Veem users, a feature that has piqued investor interest. The service has expanded from 90 customers from its founding in May 2015 to more than 80,000.

Forzely said the new funding round acknowledges the size of the opportunity and the extent of the pain point the service is addressing.

The new investment follows a $24 million Series B round in March 2017, making a total of $69.3 million. Goldman Sachs, the lead investor, participated in the new round through its Principal Strategic Investment Group, which has been active in the blockchain industry.

Rana Yareed, a Goldman Sachs managing director, will become a nonvoting observer on the Veem board.