Deribit founders lead $2.5 million round for decentralized referral network Attrace

Quick Take

  • Attrace, a startup that is building a decentralized referral network, has raised $2.5 million led by Deribit founders.
  • The network aims to become “a referral standard for any tokenized asset on any blockchain in a tokenized economy,” Attrace CEO Erwin Werring told The Block.

Attrace, a startup that's building a decentralized referral network, has raised $2.5 million in a seed extension round.

The round was led by Deribit founders, with participation from Coinstone Capital and other investors. Deribit founders contributed "a 7 digit" sum in Attrace, Deribit co-founder and CEO John Jansen told The Block.

With fresh capital at hand, Attrace is looking to grow its developer community and team, CEO Erwin Werring told The Block. Attrace's current headcount is 17.

Founded in 2018, Attrace had a different proposition, focused on taking out middlemen in affiliate marketing. It then built its own blockchain, which is being used. But late last year, it realized that it needed a completely decentralized and trustless network for its offerings.

"We decided to deviate from our own blockchain and use components of it to develop the verifier nodes for the now-to-be-released Attrace Referral Network," Werring told The Block.

The network aims to become "a referral standard for any tokenized asset on any blockchain in a tokenized economy," said Werring.

Deribit's Jansen told The Block that a trustless referral solution would be the answer to most problems in promotions. "As the Attrace team has deep experience and knowledge about blockchain and affiliate marketing, we had full confidence in Attrace being able to succeed in its mission of creating a trustless referral solution," said Jansen.

Attrace's network is expected to launch within the next one and a half months, said Werring, adding that its native token, ATTR, would also launch then.

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