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Ethereum Development Studio ConsenSys Raises $200M as Metamask Posts Record MAUs

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Ethereum development studio ConsenSys has raised $200 million in its latest financing round. This comes at a time when its flagship product Metamask now counts around 21 million monthly active users (MAUs).

ConsenSys announced the close of the funding round in a press release on Wednesday, November 17. According to the announcement, the last round has brought its valuation to $3.2 billion.

The investors include Marshall Wace, Third Point, ParaFi Capital, and Think Investments alongside its new partners that include Dragonfly Capital, Electric Capital, Spartan Group, DeFiance Capital, Animoca Brands, Coinbase Ventures, and HSBC. New York City-based international white-shoe law firm Sullivan & Cromwell LLP acted as a legal advisor in this transaction.

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ConsensSys started its career as an incubator in 2015, the time when the Ethereum blockchain was in the development stage. Since then, it has evolved into an Ethereum giant that is now leading the way to Web 3 by using Ethereum as a foundation layer-2.

As Crypto Economy previously explained, ConsenSys is the most important firm in the Ethereum ecosystem that offers full-stack Ethereum products to help developers build next-generation networks and enable enterprises to launch more powerful financial infrastructure on Ethereum. It acts as a development studio where developers can build powerful Dapps.

The journey to an Ethereum giant is largely supported by its two flagship products: self-custodial wallet MetaMask and development kit Infura. Metamask is a browser extension and a mobile wallet that serves as a gateway for almost all of the apps built on Ethereum.

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The latest funding has come at a time when Metamask and Infura are flourishing. According to ConsenSys, Metamask now has a global user base of approximately 21 million monthly active users (MAUs), which is a 38 fold increase from 2020. The wallet currently interacts with a “universe of approximately 3,700 unique Web3 applications.”

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Furthermore, Metamask also supports Ethereum-compatible Layer 2 networks such as Polygon, Optimism, Arbitrum, zkSync, BSC, Celo, Avalanche, and NEAR/Aurora, which, according to the company, represent “more than 90% of global smart contract network volume.” Metamask Institutional is an institution-compliant version of Metamask that integrates custody and compliance solutions for organizations to access and engage in DeFi.

ConsenSys’s development kit Infura is currently used by 350K developers. Its other products include Truffle, Diligence, Quorum, and CodeFi. ConsenSys is increasingly integrating its other products with Infura to support the entire development lifecycle.

The capital raised will be used for the rapid expansion of its products and new hiring. The announcement reads:

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“Funding will support the rapid expansion of MetaMask and Infura’s industry-leading products as well as the addition of 400 new roles across its products and services.”

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Crypto Analyst Nicholas Merten Makes Massive Ethereum Prediction for End of Bull Cycle – Here’s His Target

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Prominent crypto analyst Nicholas Merten says that top smart contract platform Ethereum (ETH) may grow another 325% before the current bull cycle comes to an end.

In a new strategy session, the host of DataDash tells his 458,000 YouTube subscribers what he thinks it will take for Ethereum to eventually smash the $20,000 level.

“If everything goes perfect for Ethereum, if we get that opportunity to be able to get ETH to launch properly, people using roll-ups, whether it be zero-knowledge roll-ups or optimistic roll-ups, generally ‘layer-2 solutions,’ we could see a $20,000 Ethereum this cycle. I know it sounds crazy but when you look at the logarithmic chart we’ve seen these kinds of percentage returns before.”

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Rollups are solutions that execute transactions outside the main Ethereum chain, but record transaction data on it. The two types of roll-ups are zero-knowledge (ZK) rollups and optimistic rollups.

The closely followed analyst says that if Ethereum maintains solid fundamentals, a rally to the $20,000 may not be as overly optimistic as it sounds. He notes that such a gain would only be about half of what ETH achieved in the first five months of 2021.

“I think it’s very reasonable we could see this kind of price level. Somewhere between our neutral and optimistic target. To play it safe, I would say that we’ve got a really solid steady stream of price action for Ethereum ahead of us. The key thing to understand is that there are periods of this cycle where Ethereum outpaces Bitcoin, which makes these higher targets reasonable.”

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Ethereum is currently trading for $4,685 at time of writing, up 7% over the last week while Bitcoin has remained almost completely sideways in the same timeframe.

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Ethereum price builds the momentum to hit new all-time highs

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  • Ethereum price develops an entry condition before a test of $5,000.
  • The outperformance of Bitcoin is likely to be sustained.
  • Downside risks remain but are limited.

Ethereum price is up more than 16% for the week, reflecting a resurgence of buying pressure despite the last three weeks of uncertainty. Point and Figure Analysis indicates a bullish entry opportunity is present.

Ethereum price action prepares for another run at $5,000

Ethereum price is positioned to be the primary leader in the cryptocurrency space again. It has broken out above the upper trendline of the bear flag it was trading in, denying any short sellers an opportunity to continue further selling pressure. The $4,800 price level is the final resistance zone that bulls must cross to put Ethereum at new all-time highs.

A double-top at $4,800 currently exists on the $50/3-box reversal Point and Figure chart. That double-top top creates what is likely the final buying opportunity before Ethereum hits its new all-time high. Therefore, the hypothetical long setup is a buy stop order at $4,850, a stop loss at $4,600 and a profit target at $6,250. The projected profit target is derived from the Vertical Profit Target Method in Point and Figure Analysis.

Conservative traders may wish to wait for a pullback from the current double-top and then look for a triple-top to develop. Additionally, conservative traders could wait for a Bear Trap, Bearish Fakeout, or Bearish Shakeout pattern before going long.

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However, downside risks remain. Ethereum could very quickly develop a deep retracement towards the $3,300 level despite a breakout above the former bear flag. Hidden bearish divergence is now present on the daily Ichimoku chart, warning traders that the current upswing may be a false move. A daily close that returns Ethereum inside the bear flag would likely trigger a move south and invalidate any bullish entry opportunities on the Point and Figure chart.

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Ethereum-Based Altcoin Erupts 280% in Just Seven Days After Announcing New Gaming Partnership

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An altcoin that specializes in financial services is surging after forging a new partnership with one of the hottest metaverse games.

The price of Request Network’s native token REQ exploded 280% to the upside as news spread that popular virtual world The Sandbox (SAND) had started using Request’s basket of accounting services.

The altcoin rose from $0.20 to $0.76 in a matter of days. At time of writing, REQ is trading for $0.73.

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According to the project’s website,

“Payment experiences should be free from artificial barriers imposed by closed ecosystems. We work together with leading innovators and organizations in the decentralized financial (DeFi) ecosystem to create seamless financial experiences.”

Main features of the Request Network include generating invoices to receive payments in different cryptocurrencies as well as accounting tools for financial management.

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The Sandbox co-founder Sebastien Borget says that only Request Network offered the scope of solutions needed to ensure efficient workflow.

“Payments and accounting are challenging for large companies that deal in crypto. Making manual payments to large numbers of blockchain wallet addresses, and recording the transactions took up precious time and energy from the team each month.

We really needed a way to automate payments to our employees and contractors, and easily account for the company’s crypto transactions and assets during annual financial audits.

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Using Request Finance has helped us slash the time we spent on making crypto payments by 90% every month. That frees up our time and mental resources to focus on building a better platform for our community of creators and gamers.”

Request Network has forged a number of partnerships as well, including with Maker (MKR), Aave (AAVE), Ocean Protocol (OCEAN), and The Graph (GRT).

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