Digital currency exchange, Coinbase, has raised $100 million in Series D funding.
The round was led by IVP, with participation from Spark Capital, Greylock Partners, Battery Ventures, Section 32 and Draper Associates. Founded in 1980, IVP has invested in more than 300 companies, 106 of which have gone public. Notable IVP investments include companies such as Dropbox, Netflix, Twitter, Slack and Snap.
“Coinbase experienced unprecedented growth over the last year, and we have now exchanged over $25 billion of digital currency for our customers. We’ll be using this new funding to continue scaling even further,” says Brian Armstrong, co-founder and CEO of Coinbase, in a blog announcing the news.
At the very start of June, Profit & Loss published an article looking at why demand for cryptocurrencies had spiked in 2017, with the price of bitcoin rising over 200% between January and the latter end of May.
Subsequent to that, demand continued to grow, with the price of bitcoin reaching $4,950 by the start of September. Meanwhile ether – the native cryptocurrency of the Ethereum network – went from $8.29 at the start of the year to $388 by September.
Coinbase, a cryptocurrency exchange based in San Francisco, has launched a new suite of services aimed at institutional level market participants.
With one of these services, Coinbase Custody, the firm says that it has leveraged its experience of safely storing more than $20 billion of cryptocurrency to create the most secure crypto storage solution available.
“In partnership with an SEC-regulated broker-dealer, Coinbase Custody is proud to offer a service that couples Coinbase’s cryptocurrency security excellence with third-party auditing and financial reporting validation that operates at the high standard of an SEC-regulated, custodial broker-dealer,” says Coinbase in announcing the news.
Coinbase Custody has obtained a license under New York State Banking Law to operate as an independent Qualified Custodian.
It will operate as a Limited Purpose Trust Company chartered by the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS).
Coinbase Custody is designed as an institutional-grade service for storing large amounts of cryptocurrency in a secure manner. All assets trusted to Coinbase Custody are stored offline.
“For our customers, operating under a New York State Trust Company is more than just a new license - it’s an important piece of regulatory clarity that will allow us to compliantly store more assets and add new features like staking,” says Sam McIngvale, product lead at Coinbase, in an online post announcing the news.