Chamath Palihapitiya’s Social Capital Co-Leads Investment In Solana-Based Startup Syndica
Syndica, an infrastructure developer company focused on scaling Solana blockchain's ecosystem, raised $8 million in seed funding to build the cloud infrastructure of Web 3.0.
Revealed exclusively to Forbes, the round, co-led by Social Capital, the Silicon Valley venture capital firm founded by billionaire investor Chamath Palihapitiya, Jump Capital, and Kindred Ventures, closed on October 22. Other investors include crypto billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried’s firm Alameda Research, Solana Ventures, CoinShares, DeFiance Capital, Spartan Group, MGNR, Resolute VC, Untamed Ventures, and Joe McCann.
The Houston, Texas-based firm was founded just a few months ago by brothers Ahmad and Danial Abbasi. Ahmad, former senior engineer at cryptocurrency analytics firm Messari and Danial, previously researcher at decentralized exchange infrastructure company 0x Labs (both 0x Labs and Messari’s founder Ryan Selkis also participated in the raise), they realized that the distributed iteration of the internet, otherwise referred to as Web 3.0, lacks the cloud infrastructure of today’s Web 2.0, necessary for scaling. In their opinion, this is especially true for projects built on the Solana blockchain, which has seen an explosion of interest this year among users looking for a faster and cheaper alternative to Ethereum.
At a claimed capacity of over 50,000 transactions per second (tps), orders of magnitude faster than Ethereum’s average 15 tps, the network is more amenable to volume-heavy decentralized applications and exchanges (DEXs). By total value deposited into these protocols, Solana trails only Ethereum and Binance Smart Chain, with $14.15 billion. Earlier today, Solana’s token SOL was trading at an all-time high of $232.04, outperforming ether by more than a 1,000% on the year. That said, the blockchain’s stability was called into question after a 17-hour outage in September.
Starting with Solana, Syndica aims to provide this missing middle layer of Web 3.0 via what is known as Remote Procedure Call (RPC) nodes, servers that allow decentralized applications read and write data to a blockchain. “We evaluated different RPC services in the landscape and realized that nobody was tackling this from a point-of-view that accounted for both the distributed systems and scalability-related challenges,” says Syndica’s CEO Ahmad Abbasi. “We're trying to take away all the complexities from the end users and provide them with one single layer, which they can use to communicate to the blockchain in a very scalable way.” In addition, the startup is rolling out a suite of tools and APIs for developers, including advanced logging, audience and RPC usage analytics, and more.