Telos raises $8M funding before EVM launch to avoid token sales

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Blockchain platform Telos raised $8 million in funding led by ConsenSys and Polygon investor John Lilic. The funding was secured proper earlier than the launch of Telos’ Ethereum Digital Machine (EVM) platform, ending the corporate’s ongoing streak of bootstrapped initiatives.

Telos goals to redirect the not too long ago secured capital on the platform’s improvement and advertising along with enhancing the liquidity of the ecosystem “while not having to resort to TLOS token gross sales within the occasion of a protracted bear market over the following yr.” In keeping with Telos chief architect Douglas Horn:

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“Whereas this [bootstrapping] preserved our id as an egalitarian, self-governing group, it left us uncovered to the dangers of continuous to fund our explosive progress via prolonged bear markets.”

Chatting with Cointelegraph about transferring away from token gross sales, Horn stated that Telos goals to stop centralized possession, which finally results in whale trades because the community matures. “By having a good group launch and a very decentralized operation, Telos additionally avoids regulatory scrutiny on the highest stage doable for any crypto,” he added.

The $8 million funding was supported by a bunch of 5 outstanding crypto traders, who intend to assist Telos with “deep business connections and deal-making experience” to assist fast-track trade listings and decentralized finance initiatives. 

As part of the deal, the traders obtained 1.7% of the whole TLOS token provide:

“The traders entered the settlement by way of a group liaison when $TLOS tokens had been buying and selling at $0.90 USD and agreed to pay a $0.10 USD premium available on the market value.”

This deal resulted within the whole sale of eight million TLOS tokens, with not one of the traders exceeding two million tokens in holding. On the similar time, Horn believes that exterior investments will assist Telos develop with out risking “sacrificing token help or group sustainability.”

In keeping with the corporate, the fundings are hosted on the in-house community’s Ethereum Gnosis secure, which might be redirected to advertising by way of Telos Foundations, improvement by way of Telos Core Builders and the Telos liquidity fund.

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