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PayPal co-leads $20M seed funding for on-chain risk optimizer Chaos Labs

Payments giant PayPal and investment management firm Galaxy joined hands to raise $20 million in seed funding for Chaos Labs, a New York-based cloud platform for securing blockchains and protocols.

With an automated risk management platform, Chaos Labs protects crypto protocols against external exploits and risks. The platform does this by offering agent and scenario-based simulations, which helps secure protocols against economic vulnerabilities and market manipulation events.

The seed funding is aimed at helping Chaos Labs further automate on-chain risk optimization. 

The funding round saw participation from 23 organizations and six angel investors. Prominent names among the lot include Coinbase Ventures, Polygon, Avalanche, OpenSea UniSwap and Balaji Srinivasan.

Participants of Chaos Labs’ seed funding. Source: Chaos Labs

According to Chaos Labs’ founder and CEO, Omer Goldberg, financial risk management must be upgraded to cater to the decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystems. He added:

“We believe that every DeFi protocol must regularly conduct robust risk testing to verify and validate that their economic system is secure against hackers and unanticipated volatility.”

The official website states that Chaos Labs’ risk suite can help protect DeFi protocols through optimized risk and capital efficiency, streamlined risk assessments and streamlined risk assessments.

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PayPal’s interest in the crypto ecosystem was highlighted when the company was found to be holding a significant part of its financial liabilities in cryptocurrencies offered to its customers.

As Cointelegraph reported, by the end of 2022, PayPal held a total of $604 million in various cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), Litecoin (LTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH). The information was found on the annual report filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission on Feb. 10.

Bitcoin accounts for $291 million in the firm’s asset breakdown, with $250 million in ETH. The remaining $63 million includes Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash combined.