GuardianLink, a Singapore-based NFT startup, has raised USD 12 million in a Series A funding round led by Kalaari Capital and other private investor groups on 16 November 2021.

Investors: Kalaari Capital and other Private Investor groups contributed to the latest funding round. This is Kalaari Capital’s first-ever investment into the fast-growing NFT space.

The Objectives behind the funding: The company plans to deploy the current proceeds to expand Guardian’s Singapore and Japan-based design labs, strengthen the technology brand’s creative development capabilities, and deepen its curative NFT packaging foundation.

About GuardianLink

Source: Company’s LinkedIn profile

Founded in 2016 by Keyur Patel, Ramkumar Subramaniam, Arjun Reddy and Kameshwaran Elangovan, GuardianLink is a no-code NFT launchpad and marketplace platform that allows clients to publish their own NFT. The startup is headquartered in Singapore, with offices in India & Japan. After launching its NFT marketplace framework in 2020, GuardianLink has made a strong presence in the global NFT market and is currently supporting 40+ NFT marketplaces globally. So far, Guardian has launched over 45 installations of its Marketplace Cloud with built-in Anti.Rip technology to prevent NFTs from getting copied and its Secure Vault based Legitimacy protocol.

What the Founders have to say:

Ramkumar Subramaniam, Co-founder and CEO, GuardianLink, said, “With NFTs becoming a critical part of Asset monetisation for Creators, Athletes, Artists and Brands – Guardian has been on the forefront of the race to build and operate some of the largest marketplaces and most advanced creative NFTs in the space. With the foundation in Creative Media, Guardian has led the race in terms of designing high impact creative NFTs protected by our Anti.RIP technology and legitimacy protocol.” “Besides, we’re elated to have chosen Kalaari Capital as our investment partner. Having a similar philosophy to transform and build massive impact on a large scale with what we do, this funding will be further instrumental in helping us build a stronger NFT ecosystem in India and across the globe,” he added.

Further elaborating on plans for funds utilisation, Kameshwaran Elangovan, Co-founder and COO, GuardianLink, added, “With the industry rapidly latching onto the NFT ecosystem, we believe that the expanded research and design centre in Singapore and Japan will allow us to provide our creators with more enhanced advanced capabilities to launch their NFTs. It will help us boost our research and development capabilities in NFT Gaming and DeFi areas as a technology company and deepen GuardianLink’s foundation”.

What the Investor has to say:

Commenting on the investment, Vani Kola, Managing Director, Kalaari Capital, stated, “Founders are shapers of our tomorrow. At Kalaari, we believe in changemakers who can reimagine a future disrupting the present to create better products. The metaverse-based economy will be a key disruptor, and NFT’s are going to play an instrumental role in powering the digital economy of the future. The applications will extend across major industries, including gaming, fashion, and retail. Keyur, Ram, Arjun, and Kamesh, Founders of GuardianLink, bring a tremendous vision to make NFT commerce simpler and more accessible, not only in India but over the world. They bring the technical prowess and the experience to execute. We are proud to partner with them. At Kalaari, we believe in the next decade, companies from India will emerge to solve for global opportunities.”

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