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Blockchain-based cross-border payments startup Wyre raises $5.8m

15 December 2016  |  12930 views  |  0 Source: Wyre

Wyre, a San Francisco FinTech company making cross-border payments faster and more cost effective using the blockchain, today launched its cross-border payments platform also called Wyre.

Wyre is the industry’s fastest money transfer platform, enabling businesses to move money across borders from country-to-country at a super competitive foreign exchange rate. Wyre also announced its $5.8 million in Series A funding led by Chinese venture firm Amphora Capital with participation from two of the largest payments companies in China 9fBank and Baofoo.com, along with Digital Currency Group, Draper Associates and other prominent Silicon Valley angel investors. At launch, Wyre’s platform is available in the United States and China; the Series A round will help the company quickly expand to Europe and Latin America.

“It is estimated that the demand for cross-border payment from Chinese companies and investors could reach $1.5 trillion USD within the next five years. Wyre is well positioned as a market leader to facilitate those transactions faster and at a lower cost. We believe Wyre’s cross-border technology will revolutionize global payment and remittance and have since made a sizable investment into the company,” said Sam Lin, chief financial officer of 9fBank.com. “Wyre’s continued tremendous growth in 2016 will no doubt carry into 2017 and years beyond.”

Currently, there’s a monthly volume of $35M being transferred in cross-border business payments via the blockchain and Wyre accounts for 90% of those transactions.

How Wyre Works
Wyre reduces the amount of time and money it takes to make cross-border payments by transferring money in same day transfers at the most competitive exchange rates available today. Cross-border payments typically take 24-72 hours or more and charge ~1 - 4.5% of the transaction in fees depending on the service; this accounts for a projected $360 billion in fees in 2019.*

Wyre aims to be the new infrastructure for well-established payment heavyweights who can leverage their blockchain-based technology platform to make their businesses faster and more cost effective.

1) Wyre takes deposits from large payment companies that plug into their API.

2) The payment companies pass across thousands of transactions onto Wyre’s blockchain based payment rails.

3) Wyre then delivers the funds as instructed at the most competitive rate possible, usually at a rate between ~1 - 4.5% and in the shortest amount of time, typically in less than six hours, compared to the industry standard which is 24-72 hours.

Wyre acts as the intermediary between the more intimidating “blockchain” technology in which some companies may not be familiar with, or unsure how to get started. Wyre removes all the confusion from the learning curve, and provides a simple, slick API for companies to get involved without needing to educate themselves on the nuances of this complex,
new technology.

International Companies Using Wyre
Wyre processes more than $1M in international payments per day, experiences nearly 25% month-over-month growth and anticipates being one of the largest cross-border payment platforms within the next 12 months.

Wyre has been quietly operating for the past 10 months in a private beta with select large-scale business, including NihaoPay that powers payments for WeChat.

“Wyre has revolutionized international payments,” said Yuanbo Wang, chief executive officer of You.World, former chief executive officer of NihaoPay. “Our customers are happier than ever with the speed and super low cost of money transfers.”

“Current wire services are difficult, expensive and take too long. In a generation of instant gratification, we believe that money transfer should be too,” said Michael Dunworth, chief executive officer and co-founder, Wyre.  

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