To that end, along with Sequoia Capital and Andreessen Horowitz, FTX Ventures co-led a $135 million Series A+ investment in LayerZero Labs.
The company had previously raised $2 million in seed funding and $6 million in Series A financing from Binance Labs, Multicoin Capital, and Sino Global Capital, among others.
This follows the February attack on the Wormhole bridge between Solana and Ethereum, which resulted in $320 million losses.
“We had conviction in a cross-chain future, but the technology to enable it was insufficient-until we met LayerZero,” says Michelle Bailhe, partner at Sequoia.
Ryan Zarick, LayerZero Labs’ CTO and cofounder, describes the firm’s key offering, the LayerZero protocol, which currently operates in beta version, as a messaging layer enabling direct cross-chain communication.
LayerZero still has a bridge, called Stargate, but unlike prior projects it relies on a namesake token to handle asset transfers, currently trading at $3. In less than two weeks post-launch, the bridge has sent over $264 million in transfers and accrued over $3 billion in total value locked.
LayerZero currently supports seven networks, including Ethereum, Avalanche and Fantom, but that number is bound to grow.