Follow that Unicorn! Coinbase Nabs $1B Revenue during 2017

Coinbase, co-founded by Brian Armstrong and Fred Ehrsam, provides support for Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin in 32 countries, with over 10 million customers served and over $50B in digital currency exchanged.

Now the six year-old digital wallet and crypto-exchange Coinbase has reportedly crossed $1 billion in revenue last year, according to Recode and other news sources. Backed by IVP, Spark Capital, Greylock Partners, Battery Ventures, Section 32, Draper Associates, Union Square Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz and DFJ, Coinbase’s valuation may likely increase since its $1.6 billion August 2017 valuation… the Unicorn alert remains on.

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Coinbase’s product portfolio includes:

  • Coinbase — the most popular retail exchange for digital currency
  • GDAX — the most popular exchange for institutions and professional traders in the U.S.
  • Toshi — a browser for the Ethereum network

The platform indicated in January that had not yet made any decision to add more digital assets to either GDAX or Coinbase. According to Recode, Coinbase expected to earn a mere $600 million in yearly revenue as of September 30, but Bitcoin’s late year spike pushed the company’s 2017 revenue roaring to over $1 billion.

How does Coinbase reap in its revenue? Trade volume. The platform charges both  buyers and sellers fees ranging between 0.25 percent and 1 percent of the total transaction size. The company serves as both an exchange and a broker of deals, though it does not serve as a market maker that holds bitcoin, noted Recode; Coinbase also stores digital cash for institutions including hedge funds. At this writing, Bitcoin was trading around 8,740.58 USD on the GDAX.

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