Cashaa raises $5 Million from O1ex

Cashaa on Wednesday announced that it had raised USD 5 Million from Dubai based O1ex, a blockchain investment and advisory firm. Cashaa is the largest crypto-friendly neo-bank, based in London and on a mission to change banking for emerging business and Generations Y and Z. Previously, Cashaa had raised USD 33 Million during the token sale in 2017. During this period, Cashaa has rejected USD 14.34 million citing the inability of token buyers to pass its KYC and AML Standards.

Cashaa’s expansion plan

As a part of its expansion plans, Cashaa is all set to launch its neo-bank for India. With this, it hopes to pave the way for a crypto-friendly banking system for the country where services will be regulated under the Reserve Bank of India.

With this, Cashaa plans to tap into the growing crypto user base in India. At Cashaa, cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Cashaa coin, Ethereum, and Tether are part of its banking system like the US Dollar, Euro, Sterling Pound, and possibly Indian Rupee soon. More cryptocurrencies such as Ripple, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, and EOS will be added in 2021.

As Cashaa is handling huge amounts of AML and transactional data on crypto-currencies related to banking transactions, it can enable regulators to understand the industry better and help it develop a positive outlook towards the industry. A feat, Cashaa plans to repeat in India as well.

Speaking on the occasion, Kumar Gaurav, CEO & Founder, Cashaa said, ‘India has tremendous potential in its fintech sector. We believe that the next big evolution in the Banking and Crypto space can actually happen from India. Hence, we have been actively working on developing products, working on our infrastructure, and recruitments to power our entry into the Indian market. Apart from India, we will also tap into the African and Caribbean market.’

Cashaa will also be using part of the funds to patch the July 2020 Bitcoin hack that occurred at its Delhi OTC. Though the attack did not affect Cashaa’s operation directly, yet the leadership took it upon itself to resolve the issue and ensure the confidence of the users who lost their Bitcoins. The loss stands restored now and all funds are SAFU. During this process, a lot of global investors had approached Cashaa with investment proposals, but Cashaa at the end accepted the one which enabled it to patch its users’ loss and enabled it to target its ambitious growth in India as a neo-bank. It is also important to highlight that during the July hack, Cashaa had responded to the incident at a lightning speed, reported the matter to the competent authority and was constantly working with authorities and those affected. Cashaa has also reiterated that the hack had not impacted Cashaa’s operation, which had remained secured as the attack was on personal systems and was termed as a one-off case.

Kumar further added that Cashaa’s prime objective is to ensure that its users always felt secured and hence we immediately used our expansion fund to cover the loss in India. By doing this Cashaa not only set an example to the crypto industry. By doing so, Cashaa also became the second company that did not pass the loss of a Bitcoin hack to its users. Binance too had introduced SAFU, which they have used in the past to cover the loss due to the hack in which Binance lost 40 Million USD, but none of the users got any haircut.  This decision to rescue our users has not only helped us gain interest and confidence from the fund managers and VCs but also has made the industry sit up and take notice about our commitment to keeping users’ interest at the core.

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Author: Lauren Towner