Blockchain startup Tangem raises $15 million to accelerate the industrial adoption of blockchain-enabled smart cards
Tangem, a Swiss hardware wallet maker of blockchain-enabled smart cards, has raised US$15 million to accelerate the deployment of its technology in other industries where the secure storage and circulation of blockchain assets. The funding was led by Japanese financial market giant SBI Group. On Monday, January 21, SBI Group announced that it has put $15 mln into a Swiss hardware wallet maker for crypto dubbed Tangem. The startup calls its storage vault an innovative banknote for virtual coins.
Founded in 2017 Andrew Pantyukhin, Andrey Kurennykh, and Anselm Schmucki, the Switzerland-based Tangem is the first smart banknote for digital assets. The blockchain startup pioneered in making crypto currencies look like cash and easy to use as cash. Tangem Notes enable off–chain physical transactions. It comes with zero fee, immediate validation, no digital trace.Tangem began issuing its first wallets in June 2018. With this funding, the company plans to increase cryptocurrency adoption by making it easy to use the assets in a manner similar to conventional smart cards often used in transport and loyalty settings. Tangem card is easy to use. No special infrastructure or complicated application is required. It works with any NFC-capable smartphone.
“We take the next big step on our mission to bring blockchain to people’s everyday life,” says Andrey Kurennykh, co-founder of Tangem. “In 2018, our technology was proven by the markets after we launched the mass production of Tangem cards for crypto currencies and tokens. With this additional investment in 2019, we will be able to extend our product offering in other industries and provide better support to companies which embrace the idea of physical distribution of blockchain assets”.
SBI Crypto Investment Ltd. is a digital asset venture investment company wholly owned by SBI Holdings Inc. ( “SBI”, HQ in Tokyo, Japan, Representative Director, President & CEO Mr. Yoshitaka Kitao), SBI has built an internet-based financial ecosystem and is expanding their existing partnerships and investments to digital asset-related venture companies to strengthen their technological supremacy.
“The Tangem hardware wallet, which is highly secure and affordable, is an important tool to promote mass adoption of digital assets and blockchain. We believe utilizing Tangem will help stipulate the demand for other blockchain services provided by SBI,” said Yoshitaka Kitao, Representative Director, President & CEO of SBI Holdings Inc. According to the press release, ticketing and loyalty will now form two of the target industries. Tangem hopes to leverage to spread crypto smart cards, according to the official press release. The card will also include other features including: Ticketing, Anti-counterfeit, Digital identity, and Retail loyalty and promotions.