NFT Platform Autograph, With Simone Biles, Usain Bolt, Naomi Osaka On Its Board Of Advisors, Raises $170M

On Jan. 19, Autograph announced the raise of a $170 million Series B funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) and Kleiner Perkins, Reuters reports. The funding shortly follows after a Series A round co-led by 01A and Velvet Sea Ventures in July 2021.

According to the outlet, alongside the heavyweight firms who invested, former Andreessen Horowitz general partner Katie Haun’s new fund, existing investor 01A, and Nicole Quinn, partner at venture firm Lightspeed Venture Partners, also participated.

The new funding also brought in Haun, a16z’s Arianna Simpson, and Kleiner Perkins’s Ilya Fushman as new members to the board, which includes Autograph co-founder Tom Brady and The Weeknd, according to TechCrunch.

In November 2021, the pop star released his own limited edition NFT collection to celebrate his Billboard hit, “Blinding Lights.”

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