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New investment opportunity - ZkSync (Matter Labs)- round: total of $258M in funding over 4 rounds. Their latest funding was raised on Nov 16, 2022 from a Series C round.
V. 1.0 Mainnet: https://zkscan.io/;
V. 2.0 Testnet: https://explorer.zksync.io/, https://zksync2-testnet.zkscan.io/
Product: Layer 2, soon L3 “Pathfinder”
Language: supports Account Abstraction, Solidity and Vyper
Use-Case: Zk-Rollup. EVM compatible - ZkSync 1.0 (limited to swap, trading, paying) - V2 is the first general purpose Rollup (deploy contract etc)
Team: Alex Gluchowski Founder and CEO; Marco Cora Head of Business Development; Petr Korolev Head of Operations; Angela Lu Product.
Funding Round & Valuation:
$258M Funding - https://astrol.pro/project/279
200 million grant: Commitment by BitDAO across 5 tranches, first tranche being $40M, and subsequent tranches will be released based on achieved milestones and BitDAO governance vote approval. https://zkdao.io/
Investors: Seed - Placeholder, DragonFly, 1KX. Series - A16Z, Lightspeed Ventures, Coinbase ventures, Aave, Consensys, Crypto.com, Covalent, Alchemy, et alia.
Competitors: Aztec, Starkware, Polygon, Scroll.
Leading General purpose zk-Rollup, with fast-paced development compared to competitors.
Well founded, with 200mil (40mil available) for Ecosystem grants and development
Layer 3 coming Q1 2023, with
High competition for Dapps and “Dapp chains”.
Future Development: zkSync’s EVM-compatible Layer 3 ‘Opportunity’ prototype will be deployed to public testnet in the first quarter of 2023.
Raised a total of $258M in funding over 4 rounds. Their latest funding was raised on Nov 16, 2022 from a Series C round. The main source we used can be found here.
Product Use Case
Target: dApp developers, Ethereum users.
Problem: Gas Fees, Scalability.
zkSync Layer 2 - V.1 - limited to swap, trading, paying
zkSync Layer 2 - V.2 - General Purpose
General-Purpose ZK Rollup — To support general-purpose applications
EVM-Compatible — To enable easy porting
Solidity Support — To support the most common language for smart contract developers
Open Source — To protect the freedoms to view, change, or fork the code
Ethereum Ethos Compatible — To represent the values of the ecosystem with a decentralization model
zkSync Layer 3 - Pathfinder
With zkSync’s Layer 3 solution, developers will be able to choose from 3 data availability options all using the same proving infrastructure for their project. Developers can choose their own trade-offs between price, performance, and security.
Zk rollup — Choose this if you want to have the full security of Ethereum (Good for DeFi).
ZkPorter — Choose this if you want a mixture of your data to be made on-chain and off-chain to optimize for cheap, fast, and secure (good for gaming).
Validium — Choose this if you want ultimate performance with slightly less security than Ethereum (Limitless Use Cases).
Written with ♥️ & 🧠 by Mark Mercatali (find me on Twitter and LinkedIn).
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