Naspers leads $2.33 million seed funding round in blockchain platform

DappRadar, a platform for discovering and analysing blockchain-based decentralised applications (dapps), says it has raised $2.33 million in seed funding, led by Naspers, through its Naspers Ventures division, and participation from Ventures and Angel Invest Berlin.

DappRadar will use the investment primarily for R&D, developing new functionality to help the business expand its service and reach the next stage in its growth.

Dapps are applications that run on peer-to-peer computer networks, rather than on centralised machines or servers. Their code is typically open source and the core function is handled by open source smart contracts deployed on a blockchain. Due to the nature of blockchain technology, a decentralised application’s data is transparent and cannot be tampered with, enabling the community to build on top of it without requiring permission.

DappRadar tracks over 2,500 dapps across six blockchains, including Ethereum, EOS and TRON, with plans to expand to others. It filters through dapp data, removes fake and irrelevant activity and provides actionable market intelligence. Dapps are tracked in terms of their active users, token volume and transaction activity to provide insight into the trends in the dapp ecosystem.

“In the short time since we founded DappRadar, we’ve seen the technology mature quickly and its commercial prospects are clearer,” said Skirmantas Januskas, DappRadar chief executive and co-founder. “With Naspers Ventures’ international consumer expertise and’s industry knowledge, we are in an excellent position to harness this momentum to expand our business further.”

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