Crypto VC funding hits $30.3B in H1, Michael Saylor steps down as CEO of MicroStrategy and other news

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A week in review: July 31–August 6

We've selected the hottest materials of the past week for you to stay up to date with the latest crypto news:

#1. Crypto fundraising hits $30.3B in H1, outpacing all of 2021: Report

A report from crypto analytics firm Messari on Tuesday showed that the crypto sector has raised $30.3 billion in funding this year, already outpacing the total for all of 2021, which was $30.2 billion. The figure was achieved via 1,199 funding rounds in the first half of the year, with $10.3 billion, more than a third of the capital, going towards the centralized finance sector. Notably, the NFT gaming sector raised more than all of decentralized finance at $4 billion. DeFi, comparatively, raised just $1.8 billion.
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#2. Michael Saylor will step down as MicroStrategy CEO but remain as executive chair

Bitcoin maxi Michael Saylor is set to step down as CEO of MicroStrategy on Aug. 8. With president Phong Le taking over as CEO, Saylor will assume his new role as executive chairman — a position that will focus almost entirely on building MicroStrategy's Bitcoin reserves. "I believe that splitting the roles of Chairman and CEO will enable us to better pursue our two corporate strategies of acquiring and holding Bitcoin and growing our enterprise analytics software business," he said.
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#3. Voyager to return $270M in customer funds, says it received 'better' offers than FTX

Bankrupt crypto lending firm Voyager Digital has been cleared by a judge in New York to return $270 million worth of customer funds, as it works to make all its customers (in theory) whole again. The firm also stated that it received several "higher and better" buyout offers than the one submitted by Sam Bankman-Fried's Alameda Research back in July.
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#4. Prediction of the week. Metaverse market share to surpass $50 billion by 2026, says new report

Technology research and advisory firm Technavio published a report on Metaverse market finance that estimates the sector to have a market share value of $50.37 billion by 2026. The firm estimated that the market will grow by 21% annually over the next four years, and the prediction doesn't appear to be too far off the mark so far, as 2022's growth is projected to hit 20.11%.
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#5. FUD of the week. $2B in crypto stolen from cross-chain bridges this year: Chainalysis

According to a report from blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis, cross-chain bridge hacking has resulted in $2 billion in losses across 13 different attacks in 2022 so far. Chainalysis suggested that bridges are often targets because they "feature a central storage point of funds that back the 'bridged' assets on the receiving blockchain," which have become a point of target for hackers.
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#6. FUD of the week. Solana wallets 'compromised and abandoned' as users warned of scam solutions

Solana users have been urged to abandon their hot wallets and move their funds to cold storage this week after a significant exploit siphoned an estimated $8 million from roughly 8,000 compromised wallets. The hack was reportedly carried out via a security breach in Web3 wallet provider Slope's network and also affected Phantom wallet users.
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