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FT: Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Benchmark, and Sequoia Capital want to invest in Telegram’s upcoming $1.2 billion ICO.
Encrypted messaging app Telegram has exploded in popularity and is the app of choice for cryptocurrency traders.
But the app is also popular with terrorists and has become a magnet for scammers looking to get rich quick in the crypto market.

LONDON — Silicon Valley venture capital firms are keen to invest in Russian messaging app Telegram, according to the Financial Times.

The FT reported on Friday that Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, an early backer of Google and Amazon, Benchmark, which backed Uber and Twitter, and Sequoia Capital, known for early bets on Apple and Google, all want to invest $20 million in Telegram.

Telegram, which claims to have 170 million monthly users, is currently looking to raise $1.2 billion through an “initial coin offering”, which means it will issue its own digital currency. The FT said the interested VCs would buy up these digital coins as a way of backing the startup.

The interest highlights the fact that many VCs are concerned that the current digital currency boom is passing them by.

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Source:: Businessinsider – Technology

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