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Brian Armstrong, born in 1983, is the co-founder and CEO of Coinbase, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the United States. Armstrong co-founded the exchange with Fred Ehrsam in 2012 and has since been responsible for Coinbase’s retail and institutional arms and all of its products and services.

Prior to founding Coinbase, Armstrong was the founder and CEO of UniversityTutor.com, worked as a developer at IBM, a consultant at Deloitte, and was a software engineer at Airbnb. He always maintained an interest in the technology market and has actively participated in this industry. 

Before Armstrong started any of his careers, he started learning Java and CSS in highschool while developing websites for small-scale businesses. He then proceeded to study Computer Science and Economics at The Rice University, Houston, Texas, in 2001. He graduated with a Double Major and continued to study until he received his Master’s degree in Computer Science in 2006.

Following university, Armstrong went on to the careers mentioned above and eventually discovered Bitcoin in Christmas of 2010. He became very interested and saw its potential but realized there weren’t many Bitcoin startups at the time. He saw this as an opportunity and became an early participant in the Bitcoin community. This led Armstrong to develop a Bitcoin wallet which eventually led him to the creation of Coinbase.

Fast Forward to 2017, and Armstrong’s Coinbase exchange became the first crypto-related company to attain the Unicorn status and had a valuation of $1.6 billion. With Armstrong’s tremendous success, he founded givecrypto.org – a non-profit organization that ‘financially empowers people by distributing cryptocurrency globally’. The organization has since given away $4 million as of 2019. Adding to this, Armstrong made Fortune’s 40 under 40 list in 2016 (most influential young leaders under 40 years old).

To this day, Armstrong continues to actively work at Coinbase and in the cryptocurrency sector and is a massive proponent for Bitcoin and crypto in general. 


$AMPL Now On Vitalik, Justin Sun & Polkadot's Radar

8 Dec 2020 4 minute read 6 comments paulOf91

Ever since $AMPL was integrated into Publish0x, I couldn't miss this opportunity to cover quite a spicy and interesting angle about it. You see, it seems like awareness for $AMPL is going parabolic since it made headlines in June 2020 since its geyse...

NYT Publishes Coinbase Story Concerning Racial Discrimination

30 Nov 2020 1 minute read 2 comments Abhimanyu Krishnan

On Nov. 27, The New York Times published a report detailing claims of racism at US exchange Coinbase. The story preempted a response from Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong, who denied the allegations in a blog post published on Nov. 26. NYT reporter Nath...

Coinbase CEO Addresses Allegations of Racial Discrimination in Response to Upcoming NYT Story

26 Nov 2020 1 minute read 1 comment Abhimanyu Krishnan

On Nov. 26, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong preemptively published a response to an upcoming New York Times story about incidents of racial discrimiantion at the company. The New York Times is expected to publish a negative story on Coinbase and allege...

Why Ampleforth's Elastic Supply is Such a Big Deal?

9 Nov 2020 4 minute read 19 comments DrBreakThru

On May 20, 2019, Ampleforth (AMPL) – a uniquely different cryptocurrency with an algorithmically adjusted circulating supply – was founded with the release of the Ampleforth whitepaper.  Just 1 month later, the AMPL token launched through an Initial...

Coinbase CEO Calls Article on Kayne West 'Epic', Gets Community Backlash

26 Oct 2020 1 minute read 0 comments Abhimanyu Krishnan

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong has landed in more hot water after he tweeted a link to a post about Kanye West’s presidential candidacy. The founder only last month emphasized that Coinbase would not maintain any political attitude. Armstrong tweeted...

60 Coinbase Employees Leave After CEO Memo

9 Oct 2020 1 minute read 10 comments Abhimanyu Krishnan

Coinbase employees are taking a severance package and leaving the exchange, shortly after receiving a memo by CEO Brian Armstrong, who states that Coinbase will be ‘apolitical’. 60 of the 1,200 employees have left, according to Coindesk, which repre...

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9 Oct 2020 12 minute read 0 comments Agilaxxx

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Jack Dorsey Disagrees with Coinbase CEO's Apolitical Stance

1 Oct 2020 1 minute read 0 comments Abhimanyu Krishnan

Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey has spoken up against Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong’s letter to employees regarding the exchange’s apolitical stance on September 28.  In the open letter, Armstrong touched upon several topics, but the overall idea...

AMPL Dump is a Lie?

4 Aug 2020 6 minute read 20 comments Chenhuang_defi

Many of my followers know me from my extensive coverage of Ampleforth recently and, over the past couple of days, I have started to feel that this recent ‘AMPL Dump’ cannot be left uncommented - just for the sake of those that gained interest in AMPL...

Coinbase CEO: XMR Won't Be Listed Any Time Soon Due to Regulatory Concerns

28 Jul 2020 1 minute read 1 comment Abhimanyu Krishnan

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong has confirmed that Monero (XMR) will not be listed on the exchange in the near future due to concerns raised by regulators regarding privacy coins. Armstrong was interviewed on July 24 on the “What Bitcoin Did” podcast. ...