2018 was a fun-lovin’ yr stuffed with surprises, ups, downs, bursts of exhilaration, low lows, excessive highs, and a Champions League Closing ruined by Sergio Ramos. It was additionally the yr that cryptocurrency reached dazzling heights earlier than, on the finish of the yr, crashing again all the way down to earth.
Unsurprisingly then, Coinbase has performed numerous stuff previously twelve months. So many issues actually that the corporate’s Chief Government Officer (CEO) Brian Armstrong printed a put up this Thursday highlighting the entire many great issues the cryptocurrency alternate operator did in simply the ultimate quarter of the yr 2018.
In mentioned put up, Armstrong, who co-founded Coinbase again in 2012, posted a variety of ‘achievements’ that the cryptocurrency alternate attained within the fourth quarter of final yr.
Change or Dealer?
Most notably, the corporate added cryptocurrency buying and selling pairs, lending additional credence to the concept that Coinbase is extra a dealer than an alternate.
On high of this, the corporate launched PayPal integration for its US prospects, enhanced its cryptocurrency funds methods and added an academic device, Information on Client, for folks buying and selling on its platform.
Maybe most important was the addition of a steady coin – USDC. The cryptocurrency is equal to the US greenback and was launched along side Circle – a cryptocurrency funds agency backed by Goldman Sachs.
Together with increasing and beefing up its set of merchandise and options, Coinbase additionally added a variety of cash to its buying and selling platform and entered 5 new markets. With regard to the previous, the corporate added so many who it’s value solely itemizing the actually notable ones. These would most likely be the aforementioned USDC, ZCash, and BAT.
The brand new jurisdictions weren’t; it have to be mentioned, earth-shattering. Iceland, Andorra, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar, Guernsey, and Lithuania aren’t going to be serving to Coinbase instantly. In the long run, nonetheless, they may show to be extraordinarily helpful. Gibraltar, specifically, is shaping as much as be fairly a hub for the cryptocurrency business.
Lastly, Armstrong famous that This autumn of 2018 noticed Coinbase elevating a complete of $300 million in seed funding from traders. How will the corporate be blowing all of that money? We’ll simply have to attend till subsequent yr’s replace to seek out out.