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Apr 30, 2020

Props raises $2M in funding led by Union Square Ventures and Borderless Capital, Moves to Scale on Algorand Platform

By: Props

Funding and infrastructure upgrade to support Props’ growth beyond its 3M users

New York, NY, April 30, 2020 – The team behind Props, a network built to reward application users with a financial stake in the network they contribute to, announced today that it has raised approximately $2M* in token-sale financing from a number of funds and strategic partners led by Union Square Ventures (USV) and Borderless Capital, with participation from GSR, Lvna Capital, SPiCE VC, CoinFund and the Dating.com Group. Props will use the capital to scale its user network through integrations by additional consumer apps, and to evolve its infrastructure, including a transition of its PropsChain to the Algorand blockchain, the first open-source, permissionless, pure proof-of-stake blockchain protocol.

With more than 3 million users on its network, Props is the first Regulation A+ consumer token qualified by the SEC. Apps integrate Props Tokens to grow engagement of their users, and better align with them. Props removes the technical and regulatory complexity traditionally associated with blockchain-based tokens through a set of APIs that apps can easily use to make the token experience seamless for users. The token can be used across the network’s apps. Props expects to grow to 5 million Props Token users following a May launch of Props Tokens on two additional consumer apps, Listia and Paltalk.

To support the growing volume of activity on its PropsChain and provide greater transparency to network participants and the market, PropsChain will be moving to Algorand. Algorand’s public chain will increase Props’ speed and reliability, while powering more transaction volume and a higher level of security. This is a long-term partnership that will allow Props and Algorand to collaborate on a potential transition of more Props technology elements to the Algorand blockchain.

“Props is marking a major milestone for the industry as it migrates millions of users from a private blockchain to a public chain, a move made possible by Algorand’s superior scalability,” said David Garcia, Managing Partner at Borderless Capital. “The inherent benefits of a public blockchain are key drivers for enterprises like Props to accrue value through transparency of economic activity and adoption. This will ignite a network effect bringing more apps and projects like Props to build on Algorand.” 


“Props’ unprecedented growth demonstrates a notable shift in mainstream blockchain adoption by leveraging the technology to benefit millions of users across everyday applications,” said Steve Kokinos, CEO of Algorand. “We are inspired by their vision and appreciate their desire to move to a scalable, public blockchain to continue their expansion.”

Props network includes a number of apps across different industries such as YouNow (a live broadcasting service), xSplit (a video game streaming with 17 million-registered-users), Camfrog, Listia, and Paltalk. Dating.com Group, a conglomerate of 15 international dating apps, with more than 73 million registered users intends to implement Props into its apps.

 

About Props

The Props Network, governed by Props PBC, a Delaware public benefit corporation, is built to empower the people who help digital communities thrive. Props provides open source infrastructure for a network of apps capable of transparently and fairly rewarding users with a shared token. The Props platform abstracts blockchain’s technological and regulatory complexity for apps, enabling them to easily plug Props Tokens into any app, in order to grant their users unique benefits and a financial stake in the very networks they help grow. Props is backed by Union Square Ventures, Borderless Capital, Venrock, Comcast Ventures, Zeev Ventures and others.

For more information, visit propsproject.com

About Algorand Inc.

Algorand Inc. built the world’s first open source, permissionless, pure proof-of-stake blockchain protocol for the next generation of financial products. This blockchain, the Algorand protocol, is the brainchild of Turing Award-winning cryptographer Silvio Micali. A technology company dedicated to removing friction from financial exchange, Algorand Inc. is powering the DeFi evolution by enabling the creation and exchange of value, building new financial tools and services, bringing assets on-chain and providing responsible privacy models. 

For more information, visit www.algorand.com

About Borderless Capital

Borderless Capital is a modern financial institution investing capital and building financial products that accelerate access, bootstrap adoption and creates value globally through the Algorand Borderless Economy

For more information, visit www.borderlesscapital.io 

* See details of the financing in the Props Offering Circular Supplement at  https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1725129/000121390020010207/ea121113-253g2_younow.htm 

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