Led by Andreessen Horowitz, the seed round is one of the largest funding deals in the nonfungible token market.
Yuga Labs, the creators of Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) and new owners of the CryptoPunks and Meebits brands, announced it is now valued at $4 billion after its latest $450 million seed funding round. VC firm Andreessen Horowitz, or a16z, led the company’s first institutional investment, marking one of the largest seed rounds for any nonfungible token (NFT) collection to date.
Other investors included Animoca Brands, FTX and MoonPay, as well as LionTree, Sound Ventures and Thrive Capital. The company plans to use the funds to scale its team, attract more creative, engineering and operations talent, as well as for future joint ventures and partnerships.
To celebrate the occasion, Chris Lyons, a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, loaned his Bored Ape to a16z, which uploaded it as the firm’s new profile picture on Twitter. Lyons tweeted that he will be joining the board of Yuga Labs to help “define the future of culture and innovation.”