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Bahrain-Based Cryptocurrency Exchange Rain Raises $110 Million

The financial injection provided by the Series B funding round is supposed to help Rain double the number of its employees, which currently sits at 400.

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After raising $6 million in a Series A led by MEVP in January 2021, Bahrain-based cryptocurrency exchange Rain has another reason to celebrate: the recent $110 million Series B funding round.

Co-led by Paradigm and Kleiner Perkins, with participation from Coinbase Ventures, Global Founders Capital, Cadenza Ventures, and others, the round is one of the largest ones for any startup in the Middle East & North Africa.

“We are very excited about this funding opportunity as it allows us to continue conversations with regulators across the MENA region, Turkey, and Pakistan about the benefits and potential of cryptocurrency” stated the co-founding team. “It will also support our overarching mission of providing education and access to cryptocurrency to all of our supported markets”.

Rain was founded in 2017 by Abdullah Almoaiqel, AJ Nelson, Joseph Dallago, and Yehia Badawy. The exchange allows customers from the Middle East to easily buy and sell cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin. So far, it has processed transactions worth more than $1.9 billion, serving 185,000 users across 50 countries.

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The financial injection provided by the Series B funding round is supposed to help the exchange double the number of its employees, which currently sits at 400.

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“We believe that Rain is a crucial piece of the puzzle for bringing the Middle East deeper into the new crypto economy” said Casey Caruso, investing partner at Paradigm.

Indeed, the interest in cryptocurrency has been booming across the MENA region, with both individual retail investors and institutions embracing cryptocurrencies as the future of finance.

Dubai, for example, wants to become the world’s cryptocurrency capital by creating a comprehensive ecosystem for cryptocurrencies and providers of related services in the form of a special crypto zone at the Dubai World Trade Center.

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Spotify Is Experimenting With Artist NFT Collections

According to a recent survey, it seems that the currently tested NFT collections are just the first step toward a much broader implementation of NFTs into the platform.

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NFT sales may have declined by 92 percent since September 2021, but that’s not stopping Spotify from experimenting with a new feature that lets artists display their non-fungible token (NFT) collections on the music streaming platform.

At the moment, only a small group of artists are taking part in the experiment, including Steve Aoki and The Wombats. What’s more, only select US users of the Spotify app for Android can see NFTs when they visit the profile pages of the aforementioned artists.

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“Spotify is running a test in which it will help a small group of artists promote their existing third-party NFT offerings via their artist profiles,” said Spotify spokesperson. “We routinely conduct a number of tests in an effort to improve artist and fan experiences.”

It’s important to point out that not all Spotify experiments result in new features. It all depends on the feedback the music streaming platform receives from users.

According to a survey some Spotify users have recently received, it seems that the currently tested NFT collections are just the first step toward a much broader implementation of NFTs into the platform. More specifically, Spotify seems to be thinking about allowing its users to directly purchase NFT art to support their favorite artists.

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Considering how polarizing NFTs have been since their inception in 2014, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many Spotify users have immediately expressed their dissatisfaction with the idea of NFTs becoming part of the Spotify music listening experience.

Other large tech companies are also experimenting with NFTs. Instagram, for example, started testing NFT integration last week, allowing NFT creators and collectors to display their tokens on the platform. Mark Zuckerberg himself believes that NFTs and digital collectibles in general will play an integral role in the metaverse, the new iteration of the internet.

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