Brian Armstrong

Brian Armstrong (born January 25, 1983) is an American  entrepreneur, software engineer, and philanthropist. He is the Chief Executive Officer of , the largest  exchange in the United States of America. Brian Armstrong co-founded Coinbase in 2012. Coinbase raised $300 million in October 2018 in a financing round led by Tiger Global that valued the company at $8 billion. He is also a co-founder of the GiveCrypto Foundation.[1][2][3][4][5]

Early Life

Brian Armstrong was born in San Jose, California (@USA) on January 25, 1983, to engineer parents.[6]  Armstrong was interested in technology at school and learned Java and CSS at an early age. He got his first job in Secondary school creating websites for local businesses.


In 2018, Mr. Armstrong launched, a nonprofit with the mission to financially empower people by distributing cryptocurrency globally. Later that year, he signed the Giving Pledge, committing to give the majority of his wealth to charitable causes throughout his lifetime.[19]


Armstrong schooled at Rice University from 2001 until 2006 graduating with three degrees; a bachelor’s of computer science, a bachelor’s of economics, and a master's degree in computer science. [7]


Early beginnings

Armstrong co-founded University Tutor in August 2003 while he was a junior at Rice University. He worked on the education venture while living in Buenos Aires. “I had just decided, I’ve never been to South America. I want to travel for a year and try to work on this remotely as an adventure. Figure out what I want to do with my life.” "It was an interesting experience to see the financial system in another country like that, that had gone through hyperinflation.” [8]

He worked at Airbnb from 2011 to 2012 as a software engineer.[9] While at Airbnb, he worked as part of the hospitality marketplace, focusing on fraud prevention. At the time, Airbnb was moving money between 190 countries. During his time at Airbnb, Armstrong had a front-row seat in global payment systems. Previously, he worked as a developer for IBM and a consultant at Deloitte.[10]


Armstrong co-founded Coinbase in June 2012, and since then, has been responsible for introducing much of America and beyond to .  [11][12]

As CEO, Armstrong is responsible for Coinbase’s retail and institutional arms and all products and services that are developed by both trading platforms. Armstrong has led the team, now at over 200 employees, through over $200 million in venture capital funding from leading investors such as , IVP, USV, DFJ, and NYSE. Since co-founding the company, Armstrong has led Coinbase to serve over 10 million customers across 32 countries, providing custody for more than $10B in digital assets. [13]

Coinbase attracted around 30,000 users in its first year. Today it has more than 20 million. During the crypto boom in 2017, Coinbase was the most downloaded iPhone app in America, and it reportedly generated $1 billion in revenue that same year. [14]


In 2018, Armstrong signed The Giving Pledge, becoming the first cryptocurrency entrepreneur to pledge to donate the majority of his wealth for the greater good. [15]

“Once a certain level of wealth is reached, there is little additional utility from spending more on yourself. One’s ambition begins to move outwards. I’ve always admired founders and leaders whose ambition to improve the world supersedes any goal related to personal wealth.”


"There were over 379 articles written, prematurely declaring the end of Bitcoin. Not only did Bitcoin survive, but it also thrived, becoming the top-performing asset of the decade. The naysayers were proved wrong and we learned an important lesson about human nature: most big breakthroughs are contrarian ideas that people dismiss and ridicule at the start." [16]

Awards and recognition

  • Fortune 40 under 40 list, 2017 [17]
  • Forbes Billionaire List #1990, [18]


Anonymous petition

An anonymous petition created by Coinbase employees has called for the removal of its Exces amid the underwhelming launch of and other missteps.

In June 2022, a petition was made public, which calls to remove COO Emilie Choi, Chief Product Officer Surojit Chatterjee, and Chief People Officer LJ Brock in a vote of no confidence from the biggest exchange in the U.S.

It lists eight reasons for the vote of no confidence, including “the failure of the platform,” "aggressively hiring for thousands of roles, although it is an unsustainable plan,” and “toxic workplace culture." Brian took to his Twitter account to address the petition stating "This is really dumb on multiple levels."[20][21]

Coinbase and the SEC

The Exchange has been accused of insider trading and foul play surrounding the exchange’s tokens listings.
Coinbase has also been scrutinized by SEC Recently. The agency charged an ex-Coinbase product manager with fraud and launched a probe into whether the platform is illegitimately allowing users to trade digital assets that haven’t been registered as securities.

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong addressed the widespread concerns within the community concerning the exchange’s listing process. He said that the company is making changes to close any potential loops that could let insiders front-run its asset listings, but it won’t revise its reviewing process. It is no News that listings often cause price spikes in the market once an asset goes live.[22][23]

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