First deal closes on crypto angel investing platform Echo, raising $300,000 for Ethena

Quick Take

  • The first deal has closed on Echo, a new angel investment platform currently in beta that was created by crypto trader Jordan Fish, best known by his alias Cobie.
  • The deal, spearheaded by crypto trader Ser Shokunin, allowed Echo users to invest in synthetic dollar protocol Ethena at similar terms as large VCs. 

Echo, the new platform aiming to give aspiring angel investors access to the same deals as larger and more established venture capitalists, is currently operating in an invite-only beta mode. 

However, it took only three hours for Echo's users to close its first deal: a $300,000 investment in "synthetic dollar" protocol Ethena, according to Ser Shokunin. Furthermore, while a recent private sale reportedly valued Ethena at $600 million in Fully Diluted Value (FDV), deal participants were able to buy in at Ethena's previous $300 million valuation, minus a 5% carry fee for the Echo platform, according to a source familiar with the matter.  

The deal was offered by crypto trader Ser Shokunin, alongside BitMEX co-founder Arthur Hayes, his family office Maelstrom, and VC firm Dragonfly, the source said. As the platform's inaugural deal, the collective is taking no additional management or carry fee, though future Echo deals will likely experiment with different fee structures. 

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