SA bitcoin wallet provider attracts funding from global blockchain firm

Johannesburg - South African-based bitcoin wallet provider Centbee has attracted funding from global blockchain leader nChain. 

The leading blockchain research and development firm has taken an equity stake in Centbee, which makes it easy for a global consumers to acquire, hold and spend bitcoin with retailers and other merchants.  

The funding deal was made through the nChain Group’s investment entity, nChain Reaction.  

Based in South Africa, Centbee was founded by co-CEOs Lorien Gamaroff and Angus Brown. 

Gamaroff is a leading expert in blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies. 

He has consulted and advised regulators and large companies internationally and is highly regarded globally as an educator and presenter. 

Brown has 20 years’ experience in payments and banking including in the role of CEO of eBucks.com, a world-first bank-backed digital currency created in 2000. 

“Centbee will be rolling out mechanisms for merchants to accept bitcoin payments more cheaply and securely than current bank payment systems without exposure to price volatility. We will work closely with merchants in South Africa initially to solve local problems,” said Brown. 

“In addition, we will help consumers move money simply and cheaply across borders to support family and friends. We have been working closely with regulators in the region to educate, ensure good governance and to address any regulatory risk,” he added. 

Gamaroff said that in addition to providing financial investment, nChain’s research, intellectual property and deep technology expertise will enable Centbee to become a secure wallet provider which will open up bitcoin merchant payments to a global market.

nChain group CEO Jimmy Nguyen said that Centbee has one of the most user-friendly bitcoin wallets and merchant payment solutions.  

“It smartly embraces bitcoin cash because its bigger blocks, low fees and fast transaction network represent the true vision of bitcoin. We look forward to supporting Centbee as it sparks greater merchant and consumer adoption of bitcoin cash in sub-Saharan Africa and beyond,” he said. 

nChain Reaction financially backs products and applications that make bitcoin cash more globally useable as peer-to-peer electronic cash.  

The Centbee deal represents nChain Reaction’s second bitcoin cash-enabling investment within the past month.  

As announced in mid-January 2018, nChain Reaction previously participated in a $1.5m Series A funding round for Yours.org, the bitcoin Cash-based social network.

The Centbee Wallet becomes available in the Apple and Google Play stores in early 2018.

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