Freatic emerges from stealth with a $3.6 million seed round led by a16z crypto to leverage information markets

Freatic
2 min readSep 20, 2023

Introducing Freatic, a new entity that embodies our belief in the power of decentralized technology to serve real-world needs. Our journey started with hotnewcrypto.com, a platform that improves deal flow for crypto industry investors. We are now using cryptography and game theory to build sustainable ecosystems to connect individuals with knowledge of untapped information and actors who can capitalize on these opportunities.

Today, we’re happy to announce that Freatic has secured a $3.6 million seed round, led by a16z crypto. Additional investors include a hand-picked group of VC firms (Anagram, Archetype, Not3Lau Capital, and Robot Ventures), industrial partners (Forward Research, Arweave), builders, and angel investors (Stefano Bernardi, Meltem Demirors, Stephane Gosselin, Jutta Steiner, and MacLane Wilkison) who are aligned with our vision. We’re convinced that their expertise, networks, and backgrounds make them the ideal investors to support our team to solve larger issues related to information markets.

New bits of information often propagate inefficiently within informal trust networks. Freatic is using cryptography and game theory to build a decentralized ecosystem for information exchange” said Ali Yahya, general partner, a16z crypto.

“We believe in Freatic’s vision of a decentralized information market and are thrilled to support its development.”

Untapped valuable information is often exchanged within informal trust networks of acquaintances. This strongly hinders its propagation, meaning that it may not reach the actors with the capability to take action on the opportunity it offers before becoming available to all. Imagine a scenario where a person discovers an untapped opportunity, such as an undiscovered real estate venture, but lacks the necessary connections to capitalize on it. In such a situation, the opportunity might slip away.

The raised funds will be used to construct building blocks for trustless exchanges while accelerating the flow of information to maximize value from it. In order to achieve this goal, we’re already experimenting with two projects:

  • The Alpha Factory, which operates on Polygon, facilitates the curation of unique crypto insights among individuals while incentivizing truthful participation through a peer consistency mechanism.
  • Capture The Alpha, currently implemented on Arbitrum, introduces a competitive on-chain reputation system where individuals can register an X/Twitter username and keep it secret with the guarantee that it won’t become public until a set of cryptographic conditions triggers it, such as time passing or a certain number of people discovering it.

Freatic is actively seeking smart contract developers, game theory, and cryptography researchers who are excited about building decentralized infrastructure and applications for information markets. If you are ready to rise to the challenge, check out the job openings — we want to hear from you!

For more information visit our website and follow us on X/Twitter

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Freatic

Bridging the gap between individuals with untapped knowledge and actors who can take advantage of these opportunities.