Billionaire investor Mark Cuban of Shark Tank fame has invested in Polygon, an Indian cryptocurrency platform that aims to provide faster and cheaper transactions on the Ethereum blockchain. Polygon’s native token Matic has crossed a market cap of over $10 Billion and is among the top 20 crypto coins globally.
Formerly called Matic Network, it was founded in 2017 by Jaynti Kanani, Sandeep Nailwal, and Anurag Arjun, with Serbia’s Mihalio Bjelic later coming on board as the co-founder. Polygon started reflecting among Cuban’s portfolio of companies on May 25. He also confirmed the investment in an email to CoinDesk, stating that ‘I was a Polygon user and find myself using it more and more.”
Making Ethereum better
It was started to provide faster and cheaper transactions on the popular programmable blockchain Ethereum, by using Layer 2 sidechains, which are blockchains that run alongside the Ethereum main chain. Its scaling solutions have seen widespread adoption, with over 250 decentralised applications, 76 million transactions, and 790,000 unique users.
From Matic Network to Polygon
Covid19 relief efforts
In one of the largest-ever individual philanthropy efforts, Vitalik Buterin, the creator of Ethereum, recently donated over one billion worth of Shiba Inu Coin to India’s COVID-Crypto Relief Fund, set up by Polygon co-founder Sandeep Nailwal. “I think we will eventually get around $50 million. If Elon Musk or some celebrity talks about it again, maybe $100 million but more than that is unlikely,” Sandeep Nailwal, had told Moneycontrol on the actual money that would come in.