Nick van Eck to launch new USD-backed stablecoin


  • Nick van Eck introduces Agora, a USD-backed stablecoin for transparency and trust in crypto.
  • Fully backed by VanEck, Agora enters the stablecoin market with $12M funding.
  • Agora, led by Nick van Eck, aims to compete globally with a transparent approach.

Nick van Eck, son of investment guru Jan van Eck, spearheads the launch of a new stablecoin named Agora, backed by the United States dollar. With a recently concluded $12 million funding round, Agora is poised to enter the competitive stablecoin market with a mission to provide transparency and trustworthiness in managing digital dollar assets.

A new entrant in the stablecoin market

As CEO, Agora, led by Nick van Eck, is gearing up to introduce the Agora digital dollar, denoted by the AUSD ticker. The stablecoin will be fully backed by cash, U.S. Treasury bills, and overnight repo agreements. Backed by the $90 billion asset management firm VanEck, where Jan van Eck serves as CEO, Agora aims to ensure the security and stability of its reserves.:

Agora secured a $12 million seed funding round, with notable contributions from digital asset VC firm Dragonfly and other investors such as Robot Ventures, Wintermute, Breed, and General Catalyst. This funding will fuel Agora’s operations and development as it prepares to make its mark in the stablecoin ecosystem.

Geographical focus and regulatory compliance

While headquartered in Delaware, Agora’s stablecoin issuer operates from the British Virgin Islands. Initially, Agora will target markets outside the United States, citing the absence of federal legislation for stablecoins as a key factor in this decision. Nick van Eck highlighted regions like Argentina and Southeast Asia as potential beneficiaries of the digital dollar initiative.

Agora enters a bustling stablecoin market dominated by giants like Tether and Circle, with market capitalizations exceeding billions. Despite the competition, van Eck remains confident in Agora’s prospects, emphasizing the importance of establishing strong partnerships across the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Unlike certain predecessors, Agora aims to avoid pitfalls by prioritizing transparency and industry advancement.

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Benson Mawira

Benson is a blockchain reporter who has delved into industry news, on-chain analysis, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), Artificial Intelligence (AI), etc.His area of expertise is the cryptocurrency markets, fundamental and technical analysis.With his insightful coverage of everything in Financial Technologies, Benson has garnered a global readership.

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