• Blockchain, a bitcoin wallet start-up, has raised $40 million led by venture capital firm Lakestar, Google’s investment arm GV, and billionaire Richard Branson, the company said on Thursday.
  • The investment comes at a time of rising interest in cryptocurrencies, especially bitcoin, which recently hit a record high and has seen a massive rally since the start of the year.
  • Blockchain has created a bitcoin wallet which is essentially a piece of software to store the digital currency and carry out transactions with other users.
  • The money will be used to expand the team further and invest in more research and development, Blockchain CEO Peter Smith, told CNBC on Thursday.
  • In addition, the start-up is looking to open new offices in different countries to expand.

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