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Telegram has raised an initial $850 million for its billion-dollar ICO

A document submitted to the SEC earlier this week states that the money was raised “for the development of the TON Blockchain, the development and maintenance of Telegram Messenger and the other purposes”

Feb 22, 2018
It looks like Telegram’s billion-dollar ICO has reached its first milestone after the chat app company raised an initial $850 million, according to a filing. A document submitted to the SEC earlier this week states that the money was raised "for the development of the TON Blockchain, the development and maintenance of Telegram Messenger and the other purposes." The security is described as "purchase agreements for cryptocurrency" and the filing is signed by Telegram CEO Pavel Durov.

This initial sum is most likely the pre-sale stage of the ICO which, as TechCrunch reported on last month, was targeted at venture capital firms and top figures in the investment community who were given deep discounts to buy Telegram’s Gram token. The pre-sale was originally targeted at raising $600 million, but demand pushed the figure up to $850 million, according to a Bloomberg report.