Blockchain startup Codex has raised US$5 million from Pantera Capital, one of the most prominent hedge funds investing in blockchain, to fund the development of its decentralized title registry for the arts and collectibles asset class. Pantera Capital’s co-chief investment officer Joey Krug has joined Codex as a blockchain technology and strategic advisor.

“We are thrilled with the addition of Codex to our portfolio companies,” Krug said. “We believe in Codex’s vision and its ability to radically transform how business is done in the fine arts and collectibles industry.

We have also seen first hand the amount of new cryptowealthy investors looking to diversify and store value.” US investment firm Pantera Capital exclusively focuses on investing in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space, and has backed the likes of Bitstamp, Abra, Circle, Brave, Ripple, OmiseGo and ShapeShift. Pantera Capital has also invested in another startup called Maecenas, which like Codex, is tapping into the art market.

Maecenas is a marketplace for fine art investment that uses blockchain technology to revamp what its founders claim to be a market that has largely remained unchanged for more than 300 years. “As blockchain technology and digital currencies establish their role in the global economy over the next several years, our mission is to act as the catalyst for widespread blockchain adoption and innovation,” Krug said.

Codex is building a blockchain-based decentralized database for the arts and collectibles ecosystem. The platform aims to bring transparency to the market by enabling users to track the provenance and verify the authenticity of items such as art pieces, fine wine, collectible cars, antiques, decorative arts, coins, watches and jewelry. Read more from…

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