An American publicly traded firm called Coinbase Global, Inc., doing business as Coinbase, runs a bitcoin exchange platform. All employees at dispersed corporation Coinbase work remotely, and the business has no physical headquarters. By trading volume, it is the biggest cryptocurrency exchange in the country. In 2012, Brian Armstrong and Fred Ehrsam launched the business. As part of a wave of numerous big tech businesses vacating their San Francisco offices in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic, Coinbase announced in May 2020 that it would close its San Francisco, California headquarters and transition to a remote-first business model.
Former Airbnb programmer Brian Armstrong established Coinbase in June 2012. Armstrong obtained a $150,000 capital infusion and joined in the Y Combinator startup development programme. After seeing Armstrong’s Reddit remarks, former Goldman Sachs trader Fred Ehrsam later joined as a co-founder. Coinbase transactions, special transactions that put cryptocurrency into circulation in proof-of-work cryptocurrencies, are the inspiration for the company’s name. The business introduced its services for buying and selling bitcoins using bank transfers in October 2012.
Series A Investment
The venture capital firm Union Square Ventures made a $5 million Series A investment in the company in May 2013, with Fred Wilson serving as the lead investor. The same year, the venture capital companies Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square Ventures, and Ribbit Capital invested US$25 million in the business.
The company reached one million members in 2014, bought the online bookmarking service Kippt and the blockchain explorer service Blockr, obtained insurance to cover the value of the bitcoin kept on their servers, and introduced the vault system for safe bitcoin storage. The business also collaborated with Overstock, Dell, Expedia, Dish Network, and Time Inc. throughout 2014 to enable those businesses to accept bitcoin payments.
The New York Stock Exchange, USAA, various banks, and Draper Fisher Jurvetson led a $75 million investment in the company in January 2015. Later in January, the business introduced Coinbase Exchange, a bitcoin exchange situated in the United States for experienced traders. Coinbase started providing services in Singapore and Canada in September.
During the COVID-19 epidemic in May 2020, the business declared it will totally transition to remote employment and stop recognising a formal headquarters. The business also disclosed in May that it had agreed to pay $75 to $100 million for the New York-based digital asset trading company Tagomi. After CEO Brian Armstrong initially declined to comment on Black Lives Matter, citing the company’s apolitical culture, Coinbase faced internal pushback in June. However, Armstrong eventually changed his mind on Twitter. In a blog post from September, Armstrong emphasised that Coinbase would refrain from social activism, highlighting how it has harmed other major companies like Google and Facebook. He also offered a severance payment to anyone who disagreed with this stance.
Super Bowl LVI
The advertisement, which is attributed to Accenture Interactive, was merely a black, screensaver-like screen with a bouncing colour-changing QR code that cost $217,000 per second. The code took users to a website that offered new accounts $15 in free Bitcoin and entry into a contest where they could win one of three $1 million prizes for Bitcoin. The low-tech graphic brought to mind the bouncing DVD screensaver logo of the past.
Coinbase doesn’t have a physical headquarters and runs as a remote-first business. The company reported 43 million verified users, 7000 institutions, and 115000 ecosystem partners in over 100 countries as part of its SEC filing to go public. Additionally, it stated that net revenue in 2020 increased to $1.14 billion from $483 million in 2019. In addition, the business recorded $322 million in net profitability following a deficit in 2019.