Coinbase raises $100m in Series D funding

Coinbase has a valuation greater than $1 billion as the company raises $100m in Series D funding
11 August

According to CoinDesk data, Coinbase has raised $100 million in Series D funding in what is the largest single traditional funding round for a public blockchain or cryptocurrency startup.

Such an achievement is indeed a major milestone for Coinbase team's mission "to create an open financial system for the world". 

The round was led by IVP, with participation from Spark Capital, Greylock Partners, Battery Ventures, Section 32 and Draper Associates.

According to the report, Coinbase experienced unprecedented growth over the last year. Now the company is going to use this new funding to continue scaling even further:

  1. Increase the size of our engineering and customer support teams to improve the customer experience.
  2. Open a GDAX office in New York City, further investing in our ability to serve institutions and professional traders.
  3. Invest in Toshi, to help accelerate digital currency’s shift from speculative investment to global payment network.

We’re fortunate to be working with IVP, one of the premier later-stage venture capital and growth equity firms in the United States. Founded in 1980, IVP has invested in over 300 companies, 106 of which have gone public. Notable IVP investments include companies such as Dropbox, Netflix, Twitter, Slack, and Snap.
 

Brian Armstrong
Co-Founder and CEO at Coinbase

Coinbase was founded in 2012 and has grown to become one the world’s leading digital currency companies. Today it is a portfolio of three products:

  1. Coinbase — the most popular retail exchange for digital currency
  2. GDAX — the most popular exchange for institutions and professional traders in the U.S.
  3. Toshi — a browser for the Ethereum network

Thus, Coinbase’s valuation is now around the $1.6 billion mark, and it has made clear that these new investments will be reinvested into the company to help carry cryptocurrency into the future.  

Ethereum network is still unstable

Byzantium had executed on Monday, but developers aren't ready to call the software transition complete
18 October

Organizations and developers are better off refraining from launching large projects until the Ethereum network is fully stable after the recent Byzantium update. This is said by the Gavin Wood, Parity Technologies head and reported by the Coindesk.

Since new versions of the software were released just days before the fork, much of the network has not yet been updated. So, at the time of press, slightly more than 25% of Parity customers updated, in Geth this indicator is slightly higher - about 59%. So, in total, the update was made about 45% of the network.

Another aspect that should also be taken into account is the short time for testing. In particular, the developers recalled previous versions of the software, discovering critical errors that could make the network vulnerable to DoS attacks or lead to incompatibility between nodes and, as a consequence, network sharing.

Therefore, the question of how safe the network is at the moment is fully justified and, taking into account what has been said above, remains open. This is exactly what Gavin Wood warned, recommending at this stage to refrain from launching large-scale projects.

In addition to the nodes that have yet to update, there is also a possibility that in the current Byzantium software there may be bugs that endanger the security of the Ethereum network. The most dangerous among them is a bug of consensus, in which nodes can not communicate. Its result can be the separation of the block-man into several incompatible chains.

As far as is known, at the moment developers are conducting extensive tests, trying to detect such bugs before they are active. As Gavin Wood says, if the network does contain such a bug, it will take several days to prove itself.

I don't think anyone believed the network was going to self-combust on block 4,370,000.
 

Gavin Wood
Head, Parity Technologies

The head of Parity Technologies is also convinced that if problems are discovered, the Ethereum development team will quickly release new updates designed to prevent any harm to the platform.