Qiwi founder Sergei Solonin invested in ICO Telegram $17 million; he told journalists on the sidelines of the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi.
Previously, Solonin confirmed the investment in Telegram:
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I'm interested in this topic, which concerns a new type of detachment. Interesting issues that relate to the solution of some blockchain issues that have not been resolved so far ... These are personal investments.
In January, it became known that Telegram plans to hold an ICO. According to the Financial Times, during the ICO it is expected to attract $ 1.2 billion in two stages, and the interest in the potential ICO of the messenger was shown by the significant investors of the Silicon Valley, who previously invested in Google and Amazon.
Telegram plans to launch a third-generation blockchain-platform with its Gram-based cryptocurrency. The platform will be called the Telegram Open Network, and its launch will be carried out through the ICO.
Earlier it was reported that participation in ICO Telegram wants to take the large venture capital of Silicon Valley Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Benchmark and Sequoia Capital. Invest in the ICO Telegram planned and businessman Yuri Milner.
Information Source: Qiwi