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Livepeer Raises $20 Million With Backing From New Investors Alan Howard, Tiger Global as Web3 Infrastructure Momentum Grows

Livepeer, the decentralized video transcoding network built on the Ethereum blockchain, has raised a $20 million Series B-1. The new investors in this round include Alan Howard, Tiger Global with participation from existing investors.

Coming five months after Livepeer’s Series B, the raise underscores Livepeer’s continued growth, says CEO Doug Petkanics:

“This rapid Series B extension is another welcome endorsement of how we are executing on our vision of becoming the world’s open video infrastructure. We’ve seen strong organic growth in demand for transcoding, as well as growing awareness of the reliability, value and efficiency of web3 infrastructure.”

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Livepeer plans to use the funds to accelerate its execution towards capturing the growing opportunities in livestreaming infrastructure, an area that’s rapidly expanding due to the popularity of creator-driven streams, eSports and live shopping.

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In October, Livepeer expanded its video streaming offerings with the acquisition of MistServer, the flexible content delivery technology that simplifies the complexities of video streaming. The expanded Livepeer offerings enable developers to build on a cost-effective infrastructure and scale streaming applications across entertainment, events, gaming and eCommerce.

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The MistServer acquisition aligns with Livepeer’s R&D work in AI-based smart video, peer-to-peer content delivery, and AI-enhanced content moderation, song detection and video fingerprinting. These expanded features will make the Livepeer platform even more powerful for developers, who benefit from the breadth of offerings on Livepeer’s roadmap into 2022 and beyond.

In July, Livepeer closed its $20M Series B. DCG led the round with participation from previous investor Northzone, as well as Coinbase Ventures, CoinFund, Mike Dudas’ 6th Man Ventures and Warberg Serres. Livepeer has raised a total of $48 million to date and now has 32 employees.

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