LI.FI, an infrastructure protocol that aggregates cross-chain bridges and decentralized exchanges (DEXs), has raised $5.5 million in a funding round led by crypto-native investment firm 1kx. The funding will help expand the LI.FI ecosystem through marketing and an expansion to additional blockchains, founder and CEO Philipp Zentner told CoinDesk in an interview.
Other participants in the round included investment firms Dragonfly Capital, Lattice Capital, Scalar Capital, 6th Man Ventures, Coinbase Ventures, and decentralized autonomous organizations BairesDAO and AngelDAO, among others.
LI.FI offers a software development kit (SDK) that aggregates bridges and decentralized exchanges across 14 different blockchains. The SDK offers smart routing to identify the safest/cheapest routes for transactions and multi-asset swaps.
LI.Fi’s near-term goals include expansion to additional layer 1 blockchains, said Zentner. The company will also launch a new widget product that provides developers with a simplified user interface that allows their users to swap from anywhere into a chosen decentralized application, smart contract or asset.
“Bridging is an anxiety-inducing and often risky experience for both end-users and developers, and LI.FI does the hard work of abstracting away the underlying complexity to enable more innovative applications and collaboration across ecosystems” said 1kx founding partner Lasse Clausen in the press release.
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