Celsius Network, a cryptocurrency lending and borrowingplatform, has acquired BSave for an undisclosed amount, the company said earlierthis week.
BSave is a platform that provides earning interest income oncryptocurrency. With the acquisition, Celsius Network gains access to its yieldgenerating algorithms originally developed by the company. Celsius Network saidit will retain BSave’s key talent, employees, and developers. Steve DavidBellaiche, BSave’s CTO and co-founder, will be joining the Celsius team.
Additionally, the 45,000 pre-existing BSave members willjoin the Celsius platform.
Daniel Leon, president, co-founder and COO of CelsiusNetwork, said the acquisition of BSave was “the next logical step in our goalof becoming the leading interest-earning platform for stablecoins andcryptocurrency holders.”
Founded in 2017, Celsius Network provides a platform that allows users to access several services. These include for instance depositing digital assets in the Celsius wallet and gaining interest, applying for loans with digital assets as collateral, and transferring digital assets to other users through the company’s CelPay feature.
The platform is built around the Celsius Token (CEL) which allows users to take advantage of different utilities, primarily to gain better terms and opportunities when using Celsius’ services such as higher rates for interest income, lower rates for crypto-backed loans and priority status for customer support.
Celsius Network currently supports interest income on 16different coins. Interest is paid out weekly, and users can choose to earnin-kind (BTC on BTC, ETH on ETH, etc.) or in CEL to receive greater rewards.
Users can use the coins held in their Celsius wallet as collateralto receive loans in USD or stablecoins. Interest rates are set at 4.95%, 6.95%or 8.95% based on how much collateral they want to provide.
As of May 2019, the company exceeded US$200 million indeposits, US$2 billion in coin loan origination, and 30,000 active wallets. It claimsit has not had a single default on a loan since the launch of the platform in2018.
Celsius Network was founded by AlexMashinsky, a serial tech entrepreneur and the founder of seven startups. In1994, Mashinsky successfully invented and developed the Voice Over InternetProtocol, which paved the way for users with broadband Internet connections tomake voice calls to one another. His work has received several awards forinnovation.