Former President of FTX US Raises $5 Million for New Cryptocurrency Firm
Former FTX US President Brett Harrison has raised $5 million for a new cryptocurrency firm from Coinbase Ventures and Circle Ventures. In light of his close relationship with Sam Bankman-Fried and his troubled cryptocurrency exchange, the former CEO is striving to carve his next steps with his new firm–Architect.
“It’s a software company aiming to build institutional-grade infrastructure to connect various crypto venues across decentralized and centralized exchanges. We’re trying to make it easy to interface with either qualified custodians or self-custody. We’re building this single interoperability platform across crypto services with a focus on trading,” Harrison told TechCrunch.
Coinbase Ventures, Circle Ventures, SV Angel, SALT Fund, P2P, Third King Venture Capital, and Motivate Venture Capital have all contributed money to the startup’s pre-product fundraising round. It also has angel investors Kalos Labs CEO Shari Glazer and Skybridge founder and former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci.
Harrison’s new project and fresh cash round come after the former president of FTX US announced his departure from the company and his relationship with co-founder SBF. He had earlier said that his relationship with SBF “had reached a point of total deterioration.”
He continued that it was challenging for Architect to raise funding because of the collapse of FTX. Harrison, though, thinks that his long-standing relationships with his investors helped the initiative get its initial finance.
Harrison said in a tweet, “I’m grateful to our partners, who’ve shown me that they believe above all in the resiliency of this industry. Architect is fortunate to draw upon their wide-ranging expertise, which spans all areas of the digital asset landscape as well as traditional finance and trading.”
Even then, several people on Twitter quickly expressed worries about Harrison’s past, recalling his previous position at FTX US, even if Architect may be looking toward the future of Web3.