- BlackRock and Morgan Stanley have also invested over $1 billion in blockchain
- Big Tech critics are wary of the power they hold in the digital worlds
US tech giant Alphabet is the largest blockchain investor among publicly-traded companies that invested in the space between September 2021 and June 2022.
The Google parent invested $1.5 billion into four blockchain companies — Suhiltzaileak, Dapper Labs, Tentsioa Moneta digitaleko taldea — in the last 10 months, a recent aztertzeko by crypto intelligence platform Blockdata found.
Alphabet, which held cash reserves of nearly 125 milioi dolarreko by the end of June, is one of the most prolific investors in the startup ecosystem through its investing vehicles. Crunchbase data shows Google Ventures has made 990 investments, HiriburuaG counts 106 and Gradient Ventures 158 ditu.
Other top companies with billion-dollar blockchain investments in the same time frame are BlackRock and Morgan Stanley, according to the study. Top Wall Street banks Goldman Sachs, BNY Mellon, Citi and Wells Fargo also feature on the list.
Overall, 40 companies invested about $6 billion in blockchain-related investments in that time period. Investments covered in the study would’ve partly been carried out during the cryptocurrency market downturn, triggered by TerraUSD’s crash in May.
Alphabet boss Sundar Pichai baieztatu earlier this year that the company was exploring how to integrate blockchain technology into its services like YouTube and Google Maps.
“Anytime there’s innovation, I find it exciting, and I think it is something we want to support the best we can,” Pichai said during an earnings call.
“The web has always evolved, and it’s going to continue to evolve, and as Google, we have benefited tremendously from open-source technologies, so we do plan to contribute there,” he said.
Worries over Big Tech influence
Critics of Big Tech firms have previously lashed out over them wielding too much power. Web3 companies, built on the premise that future companies will live on the blockchain, operate with the same idea that supports cryptocurrencies. They won’t be controlled by single entities like Facebook or Google.
Yat Sui, board chairman at Animoca Brands, recently described the empires of Meta and Microsoft as “digital dictatorships” in a Bloomberg interview. Animoca, which itself is a big blockchain investor, says its goal is to give people ownership of their digital property and dissolve the influence of Big Tech.
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