New York-centered non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace OpenSea said it raised USD 100m, valuing the company at USD 1.5bn and bringing more money to gas NFT adoption.

The expenditure spherical, that adopted a USD 23m Collection A spherical in March, was led by Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), with participation from Coatue, together with Michael Ovitz, Kevin Hartz, Dylan Field, Kevin Durant, Ashton Kutcher, and Tobie Lutke, the company stated.

The company statements that its “broader mission is to assist generate the programs and expectations that allow the conversion of all forms of digital wealth into kinds that are truly ownable and freely exchangeable.”

OpenSea also introduced cross-blockchain assist, beginning with a fuel-free marketplace on the Polygon (MATIC) blockchain. “Customers no extended have to shell out blockchain expenses when creating trades on OpenSea, and creators can entirely gain their way into crypto for the to start with time,” they mentioned.

“We’re making the product or service additional accessible to a mainstream consumer by building out variety of the core marketplace onboarding and genuinely solidifying OpenSea as the brand name right tied to NFTs, really comparable to how Coinbase founded alone as the manufacturer all-around cryptocurrency,” Devin Finzer, CEO of OpenSea, told VentureBeat.

The startup observed USD 160m in sales last thirty day period and is on observe to blow earlier that determine this month, Finzer advised TechCrunch.