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SVB’s Troubles: Crypto Industry at Risk of Major Shakeup

• Silicon Valley Bank is facing huge liquidity issues, causing the global financial system to experience one of its first cracks.
• The potential collapse of the bank poses a significant risk to the crypto industry, especially crypto-friendly venture capital firms.
• VCs have advised their portfolio companies to withdraw funds from Silicon Valley Bank and also to explore other options.

Silicon Valley Bank’s Troubles

Silicon Valley Bank is a top 20 U.S. bank with about $200 billion in assets under management (AUM). Recently, it has announced a $1.75 billion stock offering and a $500 million common stock purchase by private equity firm General Atlantic to shore up its balance sheet. This news has caused its shares to go down significantly and some users report not being able to log in to their accounts.

Impact on Crypto Industry

The potential demise of Silicon Valley Bank would mean serious trouble for the U.S. startup landscape, including crypto companies due to its crypto-friendliness and providing banking services to prominent crypto-focused venture capital firms such as Sequoia and Andreessen Horowitz (a16z).

VCs Sound Alarm Bell

Mechanism Capital, Eden Block, Pantera Capital, and other VCs have advised their portfolio companies to withdraw funds from the troubled bank due its liquidity issues.

Options for Crypto Firms

Crypto companies need explore other options that can suit their needs in order ensure long-term success of their projects or businesses if Silicon Valley Bank collapses completely or experiences further liquidity issues that make it an untenable partner for these firms .


The market reaction towards Silicon Valley Bank’s troubles reflects the seriousness of this situation on many industries including the cryptocurrency sector which relies heavily on its services. This puts pressure on crypto-friendly venture capital firms as well as individual startups who must look for alternative solutions in order protect themselves from any further risks posed by this situation