The price of bitcoin skyrocketed in the year 2017. Coinbase, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, was in the right place at the right time to capitalize on the spike in interest. Even so, Coinbase isn’t interested in taking its crypto gains for granted. To stay ahead in a much larger cryptocurrency market, the company is plowing money back into their master plan. Up until 2017, the company’s revenue was reported at $1 billion and over $150 billion of assets were traded across 20 million customers.
Coinbase, a San Francisco based company, is known as the leading cryptocurrency trading platform in the United States and with its continued success, landed at the No. 10 spot on the CNBC Disruptor list in 2018 after failing to make the list the previous two years. nft token
On their path to success, Coinbase has left no stone unturned in poaching key executives from New York Stock Exchange, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. In the current year, the size of its full-time engineering team has almost doubled.
Earn.com was bought by Coinbase this April for $100 million. This platform allows the users to send and receive digital currency while replying to mass market emails and completing micro tasks. Currently, the company is planning to bring a former Andreessen Horowitz venture capitalist, Earns founder and CEO as its first-ever chief technology officer.
According to current valuation, Coinbase valued itself at about $8 billion when it set out to buy Earn.Com. This value is much higher than the valuation of $1.6 billion which was estimated at the last round of venture capital financing in the summer of 2017.
Coinbase declines to comment on its valuation despite the fact that it has more than $225 million in funding from top VC’s including Union Square Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz and also from the New York Stock Exchange.
To meet the needs of institutional investors, the New York Stock Exchange is planning to start its own cryptocurrency exchange. Nasdaq, a rival of NYSE is also contemplating a similar move.
• Competition is Coming
As competing organizations look to take a bite out of the Coinbase’s business, Coinbase is looking to other venture capital opportunities in an attempt to build a moat around the company.
Dan Dolev, a Nomura instant analyst, said that Square, a company run by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey could eat into Coinbase’s exchange business because it started trading cryptocurrency on its Square Cash app in January.