Top Cryptocurrency Startups to Know in 2021

August 17, 2021

Since 2012, Bitcoin's value has increased by over 193,000 percent, accelerating the introduction of hundreds of new cryptocurrencies. By 2026, the cryptocurrency market is estimated to surpass $1 trillion in value. Many large corporations are supporting crypto startups in order to integrate innovative new technology into their platforms or simply to gain visibility in the field. Hedge funds and individual investors are also getting on board the cryptocurrency gravy train.

Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) has made an investment in Blockchain.com, one of the world's leading online crypto marketplaces. Jeff Bezos, the owner of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), has supported Chipper Cash, a fintech startup founded in Africa that has quickly garnered popularity across the continent and is now trying to expand internationally. PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: PYPL) said earlier this year that it was in the process of allowing hundreds of millions of its platform users to pay using cryptocurrencies.

As consumer trust in crypto offers grows as a result of institutional investments, businesses that attempt to tackle crypto-related market challenges are gaining traction. With these considerations in mind, we have compiled a list of the leading bitcoin and blockchain startups. These firms were chosen based on the crypto-related challenges they hope to solve.

Cryptocurrency startups to keep an eye on

  • Phantom

Phantom is part of a new class of crypto firms aiming to build infrastructure that speeds blockchain-based applications and provides a more user-friendly UX for navigating the crypto world, making the entire area more approachable to non-developer audiences. 

Users can interact with applications, swap tokens, and acquire NFTs by downloading the Phantom wallet on their browsers.

Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) led the $9 million Series A round, with Variant Fund, Jump Capital, DeFi Alliance, Solana Foundation, and Garry Tan also investing. The round, which concluded earlier this summer, comes as some venture capital firms embrace a crypto future even as the broader market remains volatile.

Website: https://phantom.app/ 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/phantomwallet 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/phantom 

Founder: Brandon Millman, Chris Kalani, Francesco Agosti

  • Chipper Cash

Chipper Cash is a venture-backed financial technology startup focused on developing software that enables free and instant peer-to-peer cross-border payments across Africa and Europe, as well as solutions for businesses and merchants to handle online and in-store payments.

Website: https://chippercash.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/chippercash

Twitter: https://twitter.com/chippercashapp 

Founder: Ham Serunjogi, Maijid Moujaled

  • Thesis 

Thesis is a cryptocurrency venture production studio. They build and invest in products that empower individuals. Their first two products are Fold, a consumer payment app, and Keep, a privacy layer for public blockchains.

Website: https://thesis.co/ 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thesis-co 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thesis_co 

Founder: Matt Luongo

  • Fliqpay

Fliqpay is a cross-border payments infrastructure that enables financial institutions, fintechs, and global businesses to securely make and accept international payments in numerous currencies. 

Fliqpay accepts payments and payouts in many currencies in nations such as the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, and China, as well as African countries such as Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, and Ghana.

Website: https://fliqpay.com/ 

LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/company/fliqpay 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/fliqpay 

Founder: Wole Ayodele

  • Zumo 

Zumo makes cryptocurrencies accessible through a secure and user-friendly crypto wallet, opening up a world of possibilities. It enables you to purchase, sell, store, send, and receive cryptocurrencies using a secure and user-friendly smart wallet software.

It's never been easier to enter the future of smart money thanks to a slew of revolutionary features that bring the borderless benefits of cryptocurrencies.

Website: https://www.zumo.money/ 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/zumopay 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/zumopay

Founder: Nick Jones, Paul Roach

  • Bitpanda

Bitpanda's purpose is to reimagine finance and offer investing to the masses. Today's financial ecosystem is complicated, exclusive, and costly, and they're here to change that as Europe's leading investing platform. 

The platform is founded on the premise that investing should be risk-free, simple, and open to anyone. For Bitpanda, anyone can invest in whatever they believe in — commission-free equities, cryptocurrencies, or even precious metals — with as little as $1.

Website: https://www.bitpanda.com/en 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bitpanda/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bitpanda 

Founder: Christian Trummer, Eric Demuth, Paul Klanschek

  • Ambrpay

The goal of Ambrpay is to provide decentralised subscriptions to cryptocurrencies. Ambrpay builds and interacts with smart contracts on the blockchain for this reason. Customers can deposit monies in these smart contracts, from which firms that provide services can withdraw the required amount of cryptocurrency.

Ambrpay does not have its own blockchain or currency and can presently only work with blockchains that can run smart contracts.

Website: https://ambrpay.io/ 

LinkedIn: https://ch.linkedin.com/company/ambrpay  

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ambrpay 

Founder: Evrim Kayaci

  • Certora

Certora delivers Smart Contract security analysis tools. Certora Prover is a proprietary technology that verifies at compile time that all Smart Contract executions follow a set of security rules.

Certora Prover technology is now accessible as a tool to supplement existing Smart Contract compilers and debuggers. It ensures that the contract complies with the interface requirements of other contracts. Certora's blockchain-independent and language-agnostic Prover technology correctly discovers and demonstrates the absence of flaws in Smart Contracts.

Website: https://www.certora.com/ 

LinkedIn: https://il.linkedin.com/company/certora 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/certorainc 

Founder: Mooly Sagiv 

  • CoinSwitch Kuber 

CoinSwitch Kuber is a safe, user-friendly website for Indian consumers to buy 100+ cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, and others quickly and conveniently, with a number of payment alternatives.

After completing the KYC/AML requirements, users can access the pooled liquidity of India's biggest exchanges to get the best rate and trade instantly. CoinSwitch Kuber app is the greatest cryptocurrency trading platform since it provides a seamless user experience with a simple user interface.

Website: https://coinswitch.co/ 

LinkedIn: https://in.linkedin.com/company/coinswitch 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/coinswitchkuber 

Founder: Ashish Singhal, Govind Soni, Vimal Sagar Tiwari 

  • Bitwise

Bitwise provides digital solutions that provide business insights through the use of data. By implementing our game-changing technological advancements, it enables their global clients to maximise their competitive edge. 

It has an experienced and committed team of data specialists in the business, optimising value for their clients through a worldwide delivery model and patented technological tools that minimise the time, complexity, and cost of data efforts. Their people and technology work in tandem to give the insights that their Fortune 500 clients require to remain leaders in their professions.

Website: https://www.bitwiseglobal.com/in/ 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bitwise-inc 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bitwise_updates 

Founder: Neelesh Desai 

  • Fetch.AI

Fetch.ai is a game-changing initiative. It is a cutting-edge platform for linking Internet of Things devices and algorithms in order to facilitate collective learning. Built on a high-throughput shared ledger, the Fetch.ai architecture enables the deployment of machine learning and artificial intelligence solutions for decentralised problem solving.

Users can use the open source tools to create a variety of eco-structures (ecosystem infrastructures) and test new commercial models.

Website: https://fetch.ai/  

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/fetch-ai/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/fetch_ai 

Founder: Humayun Sheikh 

  • Provenance

Provenance is a software platform for communicating about sustainability. Their platform helps companies to communicate with shoppers online and in-store in a legitimate manner about their social and environmental impact, by correlating claims to supply chain data and third-party verification.

They do it by enabling buyers to influence progress via their purchases and generating rewards for firms that have a beneficial impact on people and the environment.

Website: https://www.provenance.org/whitepaper 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/project-provenance  

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProvenanceHQ  

Founder: Jessi Baker 

  • Solve.Care

Solve.Care was founded with the mission of transforming global healthcare delivery, care coordination, and benefit administration. It is developing a unique platform that blends decentralisation with synchronisation in order to link stakeholders and rethink care, cost, and convenience for all.

Website: https://solve.care/ 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/solve-care/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Solve_Care 

Founder: Pradeep Goel

  • Shipyard Software

The volume of trade on the Decentralized Exchange (DEX) has skyrocketed to more than $2 billion each day. 

In the future, there will be many different DEXs, each optimised for a certain form of trading (just like the traditional markets). The first product DEX Shipyard is working on is a unique Automated Market Maker (AMM) that will offer the best pricing for retail-sized swaps anywhere. 

The founders are experienced crypto entrepreneurs with numerous venture-backed exits, as well as technical specialists, including one of the world's most published AMM researchers. Polychain Capital, 0x Labs, 1inch, and others are among the supporters.

Website: https://www.shipyardsoftware.org/ 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/shipyard-software-inc 

Founder: Mark Lurie, Abe Othman

  • Blockchain.com

Blockchain.com is a global platform that connects people to the financial future. They are the world's most trusted and fastest growing cryptocurrency firm, providing an easy and secure means for millions of people worldwide - from individuals to huge institutions – to purchase, trade, and store cryptocurrency.

It’s on a mission to disrupt the $14 trillion financial services business. Blockchain.com is supported by a number of renowned venture capital firms, including Lightspeed Venture Partners and Google Ventures.

Website: https://www.blockchain.com/ 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/blockchain  

Twitter: https://twitter.com/blockchain 

Founder: Peter Smith

  • Aspen Digital 

Everest Ventures Group and TTB Partners co-founded Aspen Digital, an innovative technology-driven digital and crypto asset management platform, in 2021. 

From High-Net-Worth Individuals and family offices to securities brokerages, external asset managers, private bankers, and investment advisors, Aspen provides a complete and user-friendly solution for professional investors and money managers. 

Aspen delivers a comprehensive digital assets product shelf, including trading execution, yield improvement products, automated investment methods, and comprehensive portfolio reporting, industry research & market insights, and custody solution, through a single account.

Website: https://www.aspendigital.co/ 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/aspendigital 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AspenDigital 

Founder: Yang He

  • Spring Labs

Spring Labs is rethinking data interchange through decentralisation in preparation for a new era of data sharing, security, and customer privacy. They enable institutions to exchange data directly in order to verify identities and decrease fraud – all while safeguarding customer data.

The Spring Protocol decouples data ownership from data value, enabling parties with competitive interests to exchange information directly and in a fundamentally new way.

Website: https://www.springlabs.com/ 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/springlabs/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/springlabs 

Founder: Adam Jiwan, Anna Fridman, John Sun

  • Netki 

Netki is a market leader in remote digital identity verification technology designed to help organisations comply with Know Your Customer and anti-money laundering legislation. Netki technology is especially suited to the requirements of initial coin offerings and token sales, being the first and only solution created exclusively for blockchain firms.

Website: https://netki.com/ 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/netki-inc- 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/netkicorp 

Founder: Dawn Newton, Justin Newton

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