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Solana Boosts Pantera Capital’s Fund by 66% in Q1: Insights

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In Brief

  • Pantera Capital's crypto fund experienced a remarkable 66% growth in the first quarter of 2024.
  • The fund's growth is attributed largely to its strategic investments in Solana and other altcoins.
  • Solana experienced an exceptional prime performance of 99% in the first quarter of the year.
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Pantera Capital has reported a remarkable 66% growth in its crypto fund during the first quarter of the year.

Notably, Pantera’s Liquid Token Fund increase coincides with Solana’s performance, which saw a 99% price increase in Q1.

How Solana Aided Pantera Capital’s Growth

The fund is now valued at around $300 million. This can be attributed to a strategic shift in investment focus. It reduced exposure to digital assets tied to Bitcoin and Ethereum. Instead, the firm opted to emphasize Solana and other altcoins such as Ribbon Finance, Aevo, and Stacks.

Cosmo Jiang, Pantera Capital’s portfolio manager, outlined the reasoning behind this pivot. He noted challenges for Ethereum-linked tokens, citing reduced odds of Ethereum exchange-traded funds (ETFs) approval. Despite Bitcoin’s first-quarter surge of 67% to a new all-time high above $70,000, the firm slashed its holdings by over half to invest in other promising projects.

Pantera Capital’s successful investment in Solana comes as no surprise, having acquired SOL tokens at a significant discount from the bankrupt FTX exchange. BeInCrypto reported that FTX sold 30 million SOL at $64 to VC firms like Pantera Capital and Galaxy Trading. However, these tokens are subject to a four-year lock-up period.

Solana metrics
Solana First Quarter Metrics. Source: Messari

Despite a brief outage on Solana in February, its exceptional performance in the first quarter is noteworthy. SOL’s price surged by approximately 99%, hitting a three-year high of over $200, propelling its market capitalization to an all-time high.

Read more: 6 Best Platforms To Buy Solana (SOL) in 2024

Solana also emerged as a hub for memecoins, fostering a thriving ecosystem that propelled the network’s average daily spot volume on decentralized exchanges up by 319% to $1.5 billion. Furthermore, Solana-based projects raised $89.2 million in the first quarter, indicating a significant uptick compared to total funding for last year.

“Solana also took strides in its ability to support institutions with the launch of token extensions, which enable a set of configurable features for token issuers. However, the increased network activity led to congestion issues, which are being addressed in upcoming networking, scheduler, and fee market upgrades,” analyst at Messari afformed.

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Oluwapelumi Adejumo
Oluwapelumi believes Bitcoin and blockchain technology have the potential to change the world for the better. He is an avid reader and began writing about crypto in 2020.