Coinbase to Launch Venture Fund

Coinbase will provide financing to promising companies which promote great and inspirational ideas
07 April 2018   1648

On April 5, Emilie Choi, Head of Corp at Coinbase, has announced the formation of Coinbase Ventures. Coinbase will provide financing to promising companies which have really great and inspirational ideas. The goal of Coinbase Venture fund is to help the most compelling companies to flourish. Its focus is on building strong relationships and helping to spur on the development of the ecosystem.

We also have a strong Coinbase alumni network, which we’re very proud of. People who have worked at Coinbase are encouraged to think entrepreneurially, and you can expect that we’ll enthusiastically invest in ideas from our own alumni network.
 

Emilie Choi

Head of Corp, Coinbase

Coinbase reported that it may invest in companies that are potentially competitive, because it’s in everyone’s interest to see the ecosystem innovate, and it takes a long term view of the space, and it believes that multiple approaches are healthy and good.

Previously we have reported that Coinbase announced that in the coming months it will provide its users with the opportunity to withdraw coins that appeared as a result of the forks of the Bitcoin network.

Coinbase to Close Chicago Office

Despite half of billion 2018 revenue, 30 employees of the biggest US crypto exchange are going to lose their jobs
24 April 2019   183

The leading cryptocurrency exchange and the wallet provider Coinbase decided to close its office in Chicago. About 30 employees will lose their jobs, said President and COO Asiff Hirji in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

The Chicago unit focused on high-frequency trading (HFT) traders, and the potential increase in activity in this area could lead to an increase in Coinbase trading volumes and revenues. However, this direction, apparently, is no longer included in the priority list.

HFT companies play a large, albeit controversial role in the US stock and futures markets. According to some estimates, they account for about half of the daily trading volume on the stock exchanges, but more traditional investors are wary of them, suggesting that such firms take profits from them, going in and out of stocks, while slower players make deal.

Coinbase announced plans to attract HFT traders through technical updates, including speeding up the engine for matching trade requests last year.

Asiff Hirji also noted that as of the end of 2018, Coinbase had about 600 employees, and despite the elimination of 30 jobs in Chicago, the company intends to further expand this number.

Earlier this month, it was reported that in 2018, a Californian company, despite the market decline, earned about $ 520 million.