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Investments

30

Portfolio Exits

1

Funds

2

About Robot Ventures

Robot Ventures is a (pre-)seed investor in fintech / crypto companies with big ambitions and contrarian worldviews.

Headquarters Location

United States

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Latest Robot Ventures News

Blocknative Raises $15 Million from Blockchain Capital, Foundry Group, and Others to Build Blocks for Ethereum

Jan 9, 2023

Share Blocknative , the real-time web3 infrastructure company, announces a $15.0 million Series A-1 financing from Blockchain Capital, Foundry Group, Rho, IOSG Ventures, Robot Ventures, Fenbushi Capital, HackVC, Industry Ventures, and others, bringing total funding to date to $34.0 million. The funding will be used to drive Blocknative’s leadership in the emerging block building market. Matt Cutler , CEO & co-founder of Blocknative, said, “With this new financing round, Blocknative is ideally positioned to vigorously pursue the block building opportunity and help drive equitable value recirculation throughout the entire web3 transaction supply chain. As the world increasingly moves on-chain, Blocknative remains committed to contributing meaningfully to the web3 ecosystem through real-time access to pre-chain data, increased transaction transparency, and web-scale infrastructure availability at each and every block.” The Ethereum Merge introduced block builders as a new category of economic actors that provide core Ethereum capabilities. These specialized providers determine precisely which transactions to include on-chain and in what order. To date, more than 475,000 Ethereum validators have staked over 15 million ETH – worth nearly $20 billion in aggregate – to help secure the network and receive rewards for doing so. Every twelve seconds, or 7,200 times a day, block builders compete in a real-time auction to construct the most valuable block for the current proposing validator to add to the chain. Just-in-time third-party production of blocks is critical to maintaining Ethereum’s long-term decentralization, security, and availability. According to industry dashboard MEVboost.org, to date the Blocknative relay and builders have contributed more than 17,000 blocks to Ethereum’s mainnet, making Blocknative among the most prolific block builders. To dependably transport high-value blocks to validators, Blocknative launched its block relay service immediately after The Merge. The Blocknative Relay has been rapidly adopted by major staking pool operators and now is accepted by more than 290,000 registered validators, or over 60% of the global network. To support relay diversity and resiliency, Blocknative open-sourced its internally-developed Dreamboat relay codebase. Related Posts Blocknative excels at building high-value blocks due to its comprehensive view of the public mempool, low-latency simulation engine, and utility-grade global infrastructure. Blocknative also recently began accepting transaction bundles from MEV (Maximum Extractable Value) searchers, enabling the production of even higher value blocks for its connected validators. Spencer Bogart, General Partner at Blockchain Capital, said, “The Merge marks a new era for Ethereum and a massive opportunity for Blocknative. We believe in their vision for a more transparent, more flexible, and more equitable ecosystem. This team has a track record of executing with professionalism and reliability. Blocknative’s recent launch of their relay and block building brings them ever closer to operating at the core of Ethereum. ” Queenie Wu, Partner at IOSG Ventures, said, “Blocknative has been a core infrastructure provider to many of web3’s leading projects. I first connected with them while leading partnerships for a top Ethereum wallet provider and was impressed with the reliability and quality of their platform. I am excited to help the team expand into block building and scale their offerings to more projects in Asia.”

Robot Ventures Investments

30 Investments

Robot Ventures has made 30 investments. Their latest investment was in Arrakis Finance as part of their Seed VC on December 12, 2022.

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Robot Ventures Investments Activity

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Date

Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

12/19/2022

Seed VC

Arrakis Finance

$4M

Yes

1

12/15/2022

Series A - II

Blocknative

$15M

Yes

14

12/7/2022

Seed VC

Perennial

$12M

Yes

2

11/1/2022

Seed VC

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$99M

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10

9/22/2022

Seed VC

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$99M

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10

Date

12/19/2022

12/15/2022

12/7/2022

11/1/2022

9/22/2022

Round

Seed VC

Series A - II

Seed VC

Seed VC

Seed VC

Company

Arrakis Finance

Blocknative

Perennial

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Amount

$4M

$15M

$12M

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

Yes

Yes

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Co-Investors

Sources

1

14

2

10

10

Robot Ventures Portfolio Exits

1 Portfolio Exit

Robot Ventures has 1 portfolio exit. Their latest portfolio exit was Vauld on July 05, 2022.

Date

Exit

Companies

Valuation
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Acquirer

Sources

7/5/2022

Acquired

$99M

2

Date

7/5/2022

Exit

Acquired

Companies

Valuation

$99M

Acquirer

Sources

2

Robot Ventures Fund History

2 Fund Histories

Robot Ventures has 2 funds, including Robot Ventures I.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

4/10/2019

Robot Ventures I

$1M

1

Robot Ventures II

$99M

10

Closing Date

4/10/2019

Fund

Robot Ventures I

Robot Ventures II

Fund Type

Status

Amount

$1M

$99M

Sources

1

10

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