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Pantera Capital Makes Record-Breaking Investment in TON, Telegram's Blockchain Network

Pantera Capital, a leading blockchain investment firm, has announced its largest investment to date in TON, the Layer 1 network originally designed by Telegram. The move comes as Pantera launches its fifth venture-style fund, Pantera Fund V, targeting $1 billion to invest across the spectrum of blockchain assets.

TON, which stands for "The Open Network," leverages Telegram's extensive user base of over 930 million to create a decentralized network capable of supporting a wide range of applications. The network's scalable architecture, combined with Telegram's commitment to freedom and neutrality, positions TON as a potential game-changer in bringing crypto to the masses.

According to Pantera partner Ryan Barney, TON's unique combination of a vibrant emerging ecosystem and seamless integration with Telegram's user-friendly interface sets it apart from other blockchain projects. The network's ability to support crypto mini-apps, stablecoin payments, and new monetization opportunities for content creators makes it an attractive investment opportunity.

Pantera's Fund V will continue the firm's successful strategy of investing in venture, early-stage protocol tokens, and special opportunities such as discounted token placements. The fund will also allocate 20% to liquid/public tokens. With a track record of backing 240 companies and protocols, including 21 that have become unicorns, Pantera is well-positioned to identify and grow the most promising ideas in the blockchain space.

The launch of Fund V comes as the blockchain industry witnesses increasing integration between traditional finance and decentralized finance. BlackRock's recent launch of an on-chain fund backed by U.S. Treasuries and the growing tokenized U.S. treasury market are prime examples of this trend.

Pantera's investment in TON and the launch of Fund V also coincide with the recent Bitcoin halving event. The firm's analysis suggests that the price of Bitcoin could reach $117,000 by August 2025, based on historical patterns following previous halvings.

As the blockchain industry continues to evolve, Pantera remains committed to fostering innovation and driving adoption. The firm's 100th Blockchain Letter, released alongside the TON investment and Fund V announcement, reflects on the progress made since 2013 and the ongoing mission to reduce resistance to blockchain adoption across regulatory, business, political, and social spheres.