Skolem Technologies, an institutional-grade asset management and execution services provider that enables investors “to access the DeFi markets in a safe, reliable way,” has announced that it raised $20 million in Series A funding.
Founded in 2020 and led by JP Smith, formerly of Trail of Bits, Skolem claims it is “the first full-stack DeFi platform that enables institutions to participate directly in DeFi markets without having to substantially increase technical headcount and portfolio risk.”
Skolem’s robust infrastructure and unique interface layer “provides clients with reliable execution, an easy-to-use web UI and API, and full trade lifecycle support.”
Due to the structural benefits of decentralization, DeFi “is increasingly attracting institutional interest.”
According to DeFi Llama, DeFi has “a total value locked (TVL) of $111.86 billion with DeFi assets under management increasing 713% over the past 18-month period.”
Skolem intends “to use the proceeds from the fundraise to build out its team, in addition to scaling the platform’s technological capabilities to grow the DeFi market by orders of magnitude.”
JP Smith, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Skolem, said:
“DeFi markets are constantly evolving, making it difficult for institutions to easily trade, record, and engage in the market in a secure and dependable way. At Skolem, we are firm believers that DeFi will change our world over the next decade, and we are committed to increasing access to this important market by developing a scalable platform that can safely provide an entry point. This fundraise underscores our partners’ confidence in Skolem’s platform and the much-needed reliability it offers institutions to help them and DeFi markets flourish.”
Will Nuelle, Principal Investments at Galaxy Digital, remarked:
“Skolem is a zero to one solution for institutional access to DeFi markets. The institutional DeFi stack requires security, execution, risk management, accounting, and compliance. The options for institutions today are either roll-your-own tech stack and hire an engineering team or let Skolem do the heavy lifting. We are thrilled to support Skolem as they make DeFi access secure, convenient, and reliable.”
Adam Carson, crypto lead at Point72 Ventures, stated:
“There is a clear and loud need from institutional investors for a solution like Skolem, which enables secure enterprise-grade access to the DeFi markets. Skolem is a first mover in the space, and we are excited to back this impressive team of technologists and their efforts to support the growth of institutional DeFi markets.”
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