• People

    Coinbase’s chief compliance officer leaving, as dozens of staffers take exit package

    Jeff Horowitz’s departure is said to be unrelated to Coinbase’s controversial decision to adopt an ‘apolitical’ stance on societal issues

    Horowitz joined Coinbase in the middle of 2018 after spending 12 years at Pershing LLC, a BNY Mellon company. In an announcement at the time, the exchange described his appointment as an important step in its quest to become “the world’s most trusted and easiest to use cryptocurrency service.”

  • Bitcoin,  Technology

    Coinbase defends $183K contract with the U.S. Secret Service

    ‘I don’t think it’s particularly newsworthy,’ tweets a dismissive Brian Armstrong

    Some of the exchange’s users have expressed concerns about how their data is being used, but Armstrong has shrugged off this criticism, writing: “Whether Coinbase sells blockchain analytics software or not, transactions on public blockchains are still traceable by any number of people out there.”

  • Paul Grewal joins Coinbase
    Cryptocurrencies,  Regulation

    Paul Grewal poached from Facebook to become Coinbase’s chief legal officer

    He replaces Brian Brooks, who left Coinbase four months ago to join the Office for the Comptroller of the Currency; Grewal may presiding over a Coinbase IPO

    In a July 8 blog post announcing the hire, Grewal was described as a top executive who has “repeatedly encountered some of the largest and most complicated legal issues in tech.”