Zerion Raises $12.3M to Facilitate Interoperable Web3 Identity

Web3 wallet Zerion raised $12.3 million in funding to build out its product that aims to streamline cross-chain identity, the company said Wednesday.

The venture wing of crypto market maker Wintermute led the Series B.

Zerion, originally a DeFi platform, has amassed over 200,000 monthly users since the initial release of its wallet to the public in May. It aims to help users take their data across decentralized applications on 10 different Ethereum-compatible chains, including Arbitrum, Polygon, Fantom and others.

CEO and co-founder Evgeny Yurtaev told CoinDesk that Zerion prioritizes making interoperability simple for daily use of applications surrounding decentralized finance (DeFi) and non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

“Early crypto wallets were not really suited for the ever-changing use cases and like-emerging use cases that we've started to see,” Yurtaev said. “We've released the wallet because we've seen this as an opportunity for improving on the general UX of existing wallets.”

Other companies that have released wallets to keep up with the growing market of decentralized applications. In August, fintech firm Unstoppable Finance raised almost $13 million to build out an interoperable DeFi wallet and in July, startup Bitmark raised $5.6 million to build out an NFT wallet.

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