Amino Payments Raises $4.5M Seed Round to Ramp up Hiring

The elusive stealth-mode startup we first knew as Curren-C, is all grown up.

Now bearing the banner of Amino Payments, the Center City company that combines the adtech and blockchain worlds has raised a new $4.5 million seed round in a bid to expand its footprint in the Philly office and capture the market.

“What this means is expansion right here in Philadelphia at our office at 16th and Market,” said cofounder and CEO Will Luttrell, an adtech insider who formerly founded a company called Integral Ad Science. “We’re looking to double the size of the company over the next 12 months.”

Luttrell said the seed round will let the company go from its current size of 22 staffers to 40. The round was Led by First Round Capital, with participation a number of firms and experts from the adtech space: You & Mr Jones Brandtech VenturesNyca Investment FundTessera Capital PartnersLiveRamp founder Auren Hoffman and BrightRoll founder Tod Sacerdoti.

As part of the investment, the company added First Round’s storied founder Josh Kopelman as the third member of its board.

“We’re excited to have someone of Josh’s Caliber joining us as a board member,” said Luttrell, who started the company alongside Monetate’s David Bookspan and Chris Chapman, the company’s SVP of Engineering. “It’s validating that a firm with the caliber of First Round has decided to further invest into the company.”

To date, the firm has brought on $6.25 million in venture capital, including the $1.75 million raise that started out as a small angel round until Kopelman got wind of the deal. That raise, then billed as a seed round, is now being called a “SAFE note round.”

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