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Hussain Elius Ventures into DeFi with

Hussain Elius launches, a user-friendly DeFi app, securing $3.8 million funding for global payments and crypto exchanges.

Hussain Elius, known for co-founding Pathao, one of Bangladesh's leading ride-sharing applications, is making strides into the decentralized finance (DeFi) space with his new venture, This smart contract wallet, designed for simplicity and accessibility, is gaining attention in the cryptocurrency world.

Introducing distinguishes itself with three core features. Firstly, it facilitates global payments for businesses, making it easier to remunerate remote employees across the world. Secondly, it serves as a virtual bank account for individual users. Thirdly, is developing infrastructure for users to convert their cryptocurrency holdings into fiat currency and vice versa.

Rapid Growth and Funding

In just a few months since its launch, has already seen over $3 million in annualized gross transaction volume. The Singapore-based startup recently announced a successful pre-seed funding round, raising $3.8 million. This round was co-led by Global Founders Capital and Spartan Group, with contributions from Saison Capital, Alumni Ventures, and Tiny VC.

From Pathao to

Elius's journey from Pathao to was marked by his exploration of the crypto space during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite his tech-savvy background, Elius faced challenges in navigating the complex world of crypto wallets, gas fees, and private keys. This experience inspired him to create an app that would be accessible to those with minimal blockchain and crypto experience.

User-Friendly Features is designed to be user-friendly, sparing its users from dealing with complex elements like gas fees and the volatility of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Users can sign up using their email or phone number, bypassing the typical complexities of private and public keys. While operates in the same domain as Binance and Coinbase, Elius views its direct competitors as more traditional financial services like Payoneer and Transferwise, given's focus on everyday financial transactions over trading.

Security and Self-Custody

Prioritizing user security, is a self-custodial wallet, meaning the startup does not control user funds. The private keys are stored on the user's phone, securing wallets cryptographically in the blockchain. This approach ensures that users retain access to their funds even if were to cease operations.

Plans for Growth

The new funding for is earmarked for technological development, compliance and licensing efforts, and expanding its user base. This includes direct outreach to businesses and individual users, positioning as a user-friendly entry point into the world of DeFi.

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