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Race Capital gets $150 million for its second fund

Jun 30, 2022
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Race Capital, an early-stage investor with stakes in FTX and Lightning Labs, has raised $150 million for its second fund hard-capped at $250 million, sources with knowledge of the matter tell Axios.

Why it matters: This is roughly double the size of the firm's debut, $81-million fund.

Background: Race Capital makes pre-seed to Series A investments in infrastructure startups, which has led to term sheets in industries from fintech to software.

  • Founded in 2019, other investments include data lakehouse business Databricks (valued at $38 billion via private fundraising), crypto custody business Polysign (which recently raised $53 million at an undisclosed valuation), and the Solana protocol.

Details: The fund has an additional $30 million verbally committed.

  • LPs include Sequoia Capital ecosystem fund, Greylock, Marc Andreessen, as well as the University of San Francisco, per the sources.

The bottom line: Race Capital isn't exclusively a crypto investor. But its bets in the space have driven its fund to new heights.

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