February 2, 2023 – Boston, Massachusetts
Helium co-founder and early founding team member launch a white label blockchain nodes-as-a-service startup to reduce operating costs by up to 80 percent for enterprises running nodes for staking and APIs as a service. BlockJoy is building the Web 3.0 version of AWS on decentralized infrastructure while still providing a cloud-like experience. The company’s patented technology offers customers a straightforward point-and-click UI (user interface) to run blockchains on any infrastructure.
BlockJoy, the company providing a white label blockchain nodes-as-a-service for node hosting enterprises, today announced the successful close of nearly $11 million in combined seed and series A funding from Gradient Ventures, Draper Dragon, Dragon Roark, Active Capital, Borderless HNT and Renegade Ventures, among others.
The funding will be used to support the launch of BlockVisor, the company’s patented node management software, which is now open for beta signups.
BlockJoy enables customers to deploy and run decentralized blockchain nodes on any infrastructure while maintaining a cloud-like experience at up to 80 percent cost reduction from traditional cloud providers.
Created to combat the lack of decentralized infrastructure suitable for blockchains, BlockJoy provides a node management solution that is two to three times less expensive than traditional cloud providers.
Enterprises can deploy and manage blockchains, nodes, validators and ETLs (extract, transform, load) with a click of a button, anywhere in the world.
BlockJoy began as a staking service side project for CEO Chris Bruce and CTO Sean Carey‘s friends and families. However, the venture quickly took off once the founders began leveraging their platform to run nodes for businesses.
Prior to founding BlockJoy, Bruce was on the founding team of four venture-backed companies with two exits, including Lumeo, Diversion, Sproutling (acquired by Mattel) and Rupture (acquired by Electronic Arts).
Carey co-founded Helium with a $1.2 billion valuation and scaled the popular gif-sharing and creation website, GIPHY, from millions of requests a day to billions of requests per day.
Chris Bruce, co-founder and CEO of BlockJoy, said,
“Through BlockJoy’s unique technology and our focus on blockchain-specific Web 3.0 infrastructure, we can shrink the costs of node-running further than your typical cloud provider can.
“We are making it possible for our customers to run their own servers in any data centermuch like how it was back in the Web 1.0 days but without the headaches.”
Additionally, BlockJoy has developed technologies that allow businesses to support new protocols within weeks instead of the usual four to six months.
As displayed by the collapse of cryptocurrency exchange FTX in early November, current centralized models for online exchanges do not protect customers. BlockJoy offers customers a more decentralized approach to operating Web 3.0 infrastructure.
Customers have complete control over where they deploy their infrastructure without being locked into high-cost cloud services.
Marc Nijdam, CTO of Nova Labs, said,
“Since switching to BlockJoy, we are now able to run our API nodes outside legacy cloud providers, and we anticipate saving over 60% of our operating costs.
“This partnership has also saved our team hundreds of hours a month by no longer having to manage daily fires. The cost and time saved have already made a significant difference for us in our operations, and we’re excited to see how far this partnership takes us.”
In addition to ridding customers of these obstacles, BlockJoy supports node operators. Today’s leading enterprise node operatorsincluding Blockdaemon, Bison Trails, QuickNode and Alchemy will start to see price pressure from increased competition in the marketplace.
BlockJoy’s decentralized approach can benefit companies like these greatly, as the solution significantly lowers operating costs and streamlines the time it takes to support new chains.
Anna Patterson, managing partner of Gradient Ventures, said,
“We’re at an inflection point with blockchain technology. Investing in its infrastructure development is more than ever important because it will pave the way for the entire industry. We believe BlockJoy has a chance to become indispensable to the Web 3.0 economy and are excited to back Chris, Sean and their team.”
Six months into its launch, BlockJoy was running 1,200 validators for the Helium Network, with up to 80 percent cost efficiency. Alongside Helium, BlockJoy’s customers include Binance, Crypto.com, Indodax, Seeed Studio and Gate.io.
BlockJoy is quickly onboarding new chains including Ethereum 2.0, Cosmos, Polygon, Solana, Algorand and Avalanche.
By the end of its initial beta run, BlockJoy will have full push-button support for 25 blockchains including those built on top of so-called ‘layer zero’ chains.
To learn more about BlockJoy and sign up for their beta, visit the website.
Based in Boston, Massachusetts, BlockJoy is helping enterprises reduce costs to run nodes by up to 80 percent.
Leveraging the company’s node management software, BlockJoy allows customers to deploy and run blockchain nodes on any infrastructure anywhere in the world in a more decentralized manner.
To learn more, please visit the website.
Merrita Villa, VSC at BlockJoy
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