Circle, Goldman Sachs-backed payments company, has aсquired U.S. cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex in order to extend its commitment to a new vision for global finance.
Boston-based Circle operates its app-based peer-to-peer payment network using blockchain, the technology which first emerged as the system underpinning cryptocurrency bitcoin. It is also one of the leading players in the over-the-counter market for bitcoin trading.
One of the most well-funded blockchain startups, its investors include Goldman Sachs Group Inc and Baidu Inc.
Circle expects to grow the Poloniex platform beyond its current incarnation as an exchange for only crypto assets. The company envisions a robust multi-sided distributed marketplace that can host tokens which represent everything of value: physical goods, fundraising and equity, real estate, creative productions such as works of art, music and literature, service leases and time-based rentals, credit, futures, and more.
We have recently reported that the Chinese bitcoin-giant BTCC was bought by an unnamed investment fund from Hong Kong.