Since launching in 2018, our goal at Pinata has been to help creators build, manage and distribute content without limits. Now, almost five years later, we have over 240,000 creators worldwide who use Pinata to build marketplaces, metaverses, dapps, and NFT projects across all blockchains.
No, we’re not just getting started. But we’re definitely about to start cranking things up. We've got a feeling that this web3 thing we’ve all grown to love is about to start realizing its star potential, and we’re excited to help set the stage.
With that, we are excited to announce our latest $21.5M funding round co-led by our friends at Greylock, Pantera, and Offline Ventures, joined by additional investors at Volt Capital, Opensea, and Alchemy. We’re honored to have leading tech and web3 investors join our team. And while raising money in itself isn’t a marker of success, it’s definitely a positive and awesome sign of where things are going.
What's next for Pinata
We’ll use this new round of funding to continue investment in our technology infrastructure. Pinata is already the most stable and efficient conduit to the IPFS network, but we can always get faster, more secure, and more efficient. For our creators that means faster uploading, customized experiences for different file types, team accounts, and more ways to engage with your audience.
While many of our customers initially came to us as a storage solution to connect to the IPFS network, over the last year, we’ve been focusing on ways to give web3 creators the features that help them create truly unique experiences, and distribute content to their audiences. Recent features include Dedicated Gateways, enabling creators to have custom branded, private IPFS nodes that fetch content quicker than the public network, Resizing IPFS images, streaming video through IPFS, and of course Submarining, a core feature that brings token-gating to the next level.
So yeah. We've been busy. And while this new round of funding means we can keep building on the technology side, it also means we can spend more time focusing on education. We want to bring web3 to a wider audience, and help the world see what's possible with a bit of creativity and a platform that, well, rocks. We love our technical creators, but we also want to see our no-coders continue to thrive.
Needless to say, we’re excited to keep this thing rolling and give you and all the creators in our community the power to own your platform. We couldn't do it without you—from the conversations on our Discord to the healthy stream of Twitter shoutouts. It’s all love. And while we're proud of the big partnerships we've made with companies like OpenSea, LooksRare, Draftkings and YugaLabs, for us it's even more special to support those who are just getting started on their journey.
Thank you all. And as always, happy pinning.
PS: As we continue developing our platform, we are also committed to expanding our team with insightful thinkers, builders and web3 enthusiasts who want to help shape the future. If that’s you, get in touch.