A 21-year-old just raised $43.4 million to build an anonymous crypto-trading platform

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  • Republic Protocol, a company run by a 21-year-old, has raised $US34 million ($AU43.4 million) worth of ether to build a cryptocurrency dark pool, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
  • It will allow big crypto investors to trade in the shadows.

Some of the largest crypto hedge funds have poured money into a company that’s building a platform for traders who are looking to operate in the shadows.

Republic Protocol has raised $US33.8 million worth of ether, according to a Wall Street Journal report, to finance the creation of a dark pool for crypto trading.

Darks pools allow for large investors to make anonymous trades, off exchanges, as to not impact prices in the broader market.

“If I have 1,000 bitcoin and I want to trade it for another cryptocurrency, everyone can see that and it puts downward pressure on the price,” chief executive Taiyang Zhang, 21, told the Journal.

Bitcoin transactions are recorded on a public ledger, but the dark pool would “temporarily conceal” a trader’s identity, according to the Journal.

The firm expects to capture up to $US9 billion worth of monthly trading volumes. To put that in perspective, the crypto markets see around $US750 billion worth of tokens and coins change hands in a given month, according to CoinMarketCap.

Lex Sokolin, a partner at Autonomous NEXT, told Business Insider the demand for such a platform has grown with the crypto market.

“As the market cap of total crypto grows, there are more and more crypto whales that need to solve for large, private orders,” Sokolin said in an email. “The largeness is an issue in getting good execution on shallow retail exchanges. The privacy is important so that people are not hacked, ransomed, or worse.”

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