BitAngels Closes 10,000 BTC Fund for Decentralised Applications

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Apr 14, 2014 at 18:28 UTCUpdated Jul 25, 2014 at 10:49 UTC. One time-tested measurement of an industry's promise is the amount of investment capital flowing into new ventures in the space, and now angel investor group BitAngels has closed a new fund that highlights the bright future of digital currencies and decentralised applications.

Billed as the world's first "Distributed veteran entrepreneur and angel investor group," BitAngels has been an active organization in the bitcoin community, having invested $7m into digital currency startups since its inception in 2013.

"We want this to be the first fund that focuses solely on decentralised applications of the bitcoin protocol. We're only investing in open-source companies and we want to see this fund really go beyond just currency and payment protocols to other applications."

Terpin and Johnston revealed that the BitAngels Fund I officially closed with just over 10,000 BTC raised in total.

At a valuation of $4.6m at press time, BitAngels's new fund has collected a substantial amount of capital - all of which will be invested in companies working with the technology of the bitcoin protocol and block chain.

Another startup that has caught the attention of BitAngels is MaidSafe, a company that calls itself "The new decentralised internet." While the angel group has not made any investments in MaidSafe, they are interested in purchasing MaidSafeCoins.

In just under one year, BitAngels has grown its membership to more than 400 angel investors who live all around the world.

BitAngels' focus on early stage companies helps the angel group build an infrastructure to help their companies "From the cradle to the IPO, so to speak," Terpin said.

BitAngels provides resources from companies in their "Garage stage" all the way to full liquidity, and their network of veteran entrepreneurs all over the globe can offer guidance to companies that are based in almost any country.

As the digital currency industry continues to grow and more entrepreneurs begin to explore the possible applications of this new technology, groups like BitAngels help ensure that innovation flourishes by providing resources for companies to help turn their meaningful ideas into reality.