The former CFO of cab service Lyft, Brian Roberts, has just joined the team at popular NFT marketplace OpenSea, where he will hold a similar position, Bloomberg has reported.
Notably, Roberts has previously worked at Walmart and Microsoft. In 2014, he started working for Lyft and, five years later, one of Uber's main competitors went public on the Nasdaq.
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The specialist has shared his optimism about OpenSea's prospects, comparing its potential to eBay in the mid-1990s. He has said:
"When you have a company growing as fast as this one, you’d be foolish not to think about it going public. It would be well-received in the public market given its growth."
In July 2021, OpenSea raised $100 million and reached a valuation of $1.5 billion. By the end of August, the trading volume on the platform exceeded $3 billion.
In November, media reported the company intends to reach a valuation of $10 billion following the results of a new funding round. In the same month, daily sales on OpenSea doubled due to a surge in interest in Bored Ape Yacht Club.