Brian Armstrong

Position: Founder of Coinbase

Brian Armstrong

Whi is Brian Armstrong?

Brian Armstrong was born on January 25, 1983. Brian Armstrong is the current CEO of Coinbase, one of the largest and most popular Bitcoin exchange in the world. He has appeared on numerous 40 under 40 publications as he is considered as something of a Rockstar in the Bitcoin community. He is a leading advocate of Bitcoin adoption, regularly speaking at conferences, workshops, and seminars.


Brian first came into contact with Bitcoin in the Christmas of 2010. He has previously recounted his realization of the fact that there weren’t a lot of Bitcoin transaction marketplaces and he immediately saw an opportunity. Having been an avid participant in the development of start-up enterprises, Brian began to think of ways to take advantage of this potentially large market and that is how the idea for Coinbase was born.


In May of 2011, Brian began working at Airbnb as a Software Engineer. He was still involved in the enterprise while working with Airbnb. He worked here for a period of just over one year and left in June of 2012 when he established Coinbase.


Brian had spent the most part of his life actively pursuing a career in the tech industry. With his double major in Computer Science and Economics as well as his experience with computer programming, he was well equipped for a foray into the tech start-up arena. Having discovered Bitcoin, he sought for a way to develop a marketplace for the then newly emerging cryptocurrency.

In July 2011, Brian together with Fred Ehrsam co-founded Coinbase. It was envisioned to be a Bitcoin marketplace that would enable people to purchase the cryptocurrency. By the summer of 2012, both Brian and Fred enrolled Coinbase for the Y Combinator start-up Incubator Program. The program is famous for having invested in a number of popular start-ups like Dropbox, Weebly, Reddit, and Airbnb. The full launch of the company was in October of 2012 when it began providing Bitcoin buying and selling services via bank transfers.


I do think some digital currency will end up being the reserve currency of the world. I see a path where that’s going to happen.


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