Uniswap Labs raises $165M as attention shifts to NFTs, Web3

Decentralized exchange Uniswap Labs has raised $165 million in a Series B funding round that had participation from some of blockchain’s biggest venture firms, putting the company on track to expand into other crypto-focused domains. 

The funding round was led by Polychain Capital with additiona participation from several existing investors, including Andreessen Horowitz, Paradigm, Variant and SV Angel. The funding round confirms earlier reporting from Cointelegraph that Uniswap was looking to raise between $100 million and $200 million.

Uniswap said the funding would go toward expanding its existing product offerings and improving the user experience through new web applications, developer tools and a shift toward mobile. The company also plans on launching nonfungible tokens (NFTs) projects in the future. 

The official announcement was titled, “Bringing Web3 to Everyone,” a sign that Uniswap was looking to incorporate many of the core ideas that separate Web3 from the current Web2 environment.

Uniswap rose to prominence during the decentralized finance craze of 2020 as traders began scouring exchanges for low-cap DeFi projects. By February 2021, Uniswap’s cumulative trade volumes surpassed $100 billion for the first time. Uniswap’s cumulative trading volume has since grown to $1.2 trillion, according to founder Hayden Adams.

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While demand for DeFi products has dried up over the past year, the sector has continued to operate as advertised during one of the most volatile periods in crypto history. DeFi platforms are filling a void left by the implosion of centralized financed companies as borrowers seek out new credit opportunities.