Coinbase, Exchanges

What Bank Does Coinbase Use?

Coinbase is a digital asset exchange company headquartered in San Francisco, California. They broker exchanges of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and other digital assets with fiat currencies in 32 countries, and bitcoin transactions and storage in 190 countries worldwide.

Coinbase has been described as the most popular bitcoin wallet in the world.

NOTE: WARNING: Coinbase does not use a “bank” in the traditional sense. Coinbase is a digital currency exchange service and digital wallet provider, meaning that it does not use any banking infrastructure for its services. Any money you put into Coinbase is converted into cryptocurrency, and Coinbase does not store your money in a bank account or other financial institution. Additionally, Coinbase is not FDIC insured, meaning that your funds are not backed by the U.S. government or Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

As of May 2018, Coinbase had 13 million users, $20 billion in assets under management, and supported 115,000 merchants and 9,000 developers.

Coinbase was founded in June 2012 by Brian Armstrong and Fred Ehrsam. Armstrong is a former software engineer at Airbnb and Ehrsam is a former trader at Goldman Sachs. In October 2012, the company launched the services to buy and sell bitcoin through bank transfers. In May 2013 the company received a US$5 million Series A investment led by Fred Wilson from Union Square Ventures.

In December 2013, the company received a US$25 million investment, from the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. The company also added bitcoin payment processing capabilities to the traditional payment companies Stripe, Braintree and PayPal.

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