The cryptocurrency industry has gone through multiple phases since the massive bull run of 2017. Since then, the industry has been hit with speculations, price drops then a renewed interest shown by institutional investors.
Out of all the cryptocurrency companies out there, Revolut, based in the UK, has come out on top. The digital bank recently revealed that they had become the country’s most valuable financial technology startup.
Revolut received a massive boost in valuation after its latest funding round which elevated its value to 4.2 million pounds. The latest number is almost triple than that of its earlier valuation, prompting many to believe that the cryptocurrency industry was only thriving.
The latest funding round has allowed Revolut to usurp its rivals Monzo and OakNorth, both holding valuations of EUR 2 billion and EUR 2.2 billion respectively. The two rival companies were also trying to enter multiple markets across the world but regulatory frameworks have been an issue. Monzo and OakNorth can, however, take solace in the fact Revolut has also not turned a profit till now. If anything, Revolut’s losses had more than doubled in 2018 to settle at $33 million.
Revolut’s latest valuation boost was provided by the US Technology Crossover Ventures Fund, which pumped $500 million into the company. Investors have a tendency to invest in a growing business, as they also own shares in Spotify, Netflix, and Airbnb. The digital bank was also in the news recently when it launched a feature to allow users to aggregate other bank account data within its application.
The feature would allow customers within the United Kingdom to connect their individual UK bank accounts to Revolut. This was created to create a more wholesome banking environment where customers can see all their spending in one place. The update seems to have worked for the startup as the company is now worth three times more than its valuation in the spring of 2018.
Nik Storonsky, the Chief Executive Officer [CEO] of Revolut gave his two cents on the latest partnership:
“Going forward, our focus is on rolling out banking operations in Europe, increasing the number of people who use Revolut as their daily account, and striving towards profitability. TCV has a long history of backing founders who are changing their industries on a global scale, so we are excited to partner with them as we prepare for the next stage of our journey.”
Despite recent news, Revolut found it difficult to maintain a positive face in the industry. This comes as a result of multiple reports from overworked staff and the CEO’s connection to Russia. Although the official has denied any links with the Kremlin, lawmakers still remained wary. The first tip-off came in 2014 when investigators discovered that Storonsky’s father was a director at the much-maligned Gazprom.