Coinbase Global, Inc. is among the world’s largest and foremost cryptocurrency exchanges. The company provides financial infrastructure and technology for the cryptocurrency economy in the United States and internationally. Coinbase Global, Inc. was founded in 2012 and is based in Wilmington, Delaware.
The company began with the idea that anyone, anywhere should be able to buy and sell Bitcoin and it has grown in tandem with the cryptosphere. Coinbase Global IPO’d in early 2021 and listed more than 100 million verified individual users less than a year later. Assets on the platform fluctuate based on the value of the cryptocurrency market but are counted in the $100’s of billions. The company employs roughly 5,000 people and serves clients in more than 100 countries. The company lists more than 200 assets for trading and over 350 for custody purposes.
The company is led by Bryan Armstrong. Armstrong is a co-founder, Chairman of the Board, CEO, and president of Coinbase and the driving force behind the business. One of his many innovations is making Coinbase Global, Inc a “remote-first” business which means there is no official corporate headquarters. The company operates offices in 12 cities around the world, however, and leases space when there is a concentration of employees in a new area.
Coinbase Global, Inc offers a range of tools for traders and investors. The company offers a primary financial account in the crypto-economy for businesses and consumers alike. The primary account, often referred to as a wallet, allows owners to buy, sell, trade, send, and receive cryptocurrencies supported by the platform. Coinbase Global supports well over 200 different cryptocurrencies and the number is growing so the potential application is very broad. New users may also earn free cryptocurrencies by participating in the company’s education program. The program informs users of new cryptocurrencies and rewards them for their time.
Coinbase Global wallet holders can also benefit from the growing trend in defi. Defi or decentralized finance is a host of applications that allow investors to buy cryptocurrency and stake financial transactions such as insurance or lending. Staked cryptocurrency earns a return just like traditional investments.
Coinbase Global also operates a marketplace with a pool of liquidity for transacting in crypto assets for institutions. Tools for businesses include direct access to the cryptocurrency market and the ability to list crypto assets on the exchange. Assets can be listed and sold to raise capital for projects or as a means of transferring wealth. NFTs are a large part of the marketplace as well and a pillar of the long-term growth outlook.
Along with the wallet and marketplace technology, Coinbase Global offers technology and services that allow ecosystem partners to build crypto-based applications and securely accept cryptocurrencies as payment. These tools are supported by a suite of White-label solutions and API interfaces that can power cryptocurrency transactions and services for any business.