Shalin Pei, product design manager of Facebook, joins the DeFi arm of leading U.S.-based crypto exchange Coinbase
Coinbase (NASDAQ: COIN), a flagship American cryptocurrency ecosystem, yet again reaffirms its focus on expanding into the red-hot DeFi segment.
Shalin Pei joins Coinbase DeFi team
According to the announcement shared by Ms. Pei on her Twitter account, she is leaving Facebook to join the Coinbase team. In particular, she will work on decentralized finance services provided by Coinbase.
I recently left FB, and next week will be joining @coinbase to work on our DeFi products. I’m excited for what the future of crypto holds and we are hiring! https://t.co/sA66AKK0kV— Shalin Pei (@shalinpei) September 10, 2021
Prior to joining Coinbase, Shalin Pei worked at Facebook as product design manager responsible for the FB Social News and FB Local News workloads.
As per information shared on her website, Ms. Pei has been a speaker at the Interaction and UX London conferences and is a seasoned diversity and inclusion advocate.
Coinbase increases its bet on DeFi step by step
In recent months, Coinbase has been aggressively expanding into the turbulent segment of decentralized finances (DeFi). As covered by U.Today previously, it integrated one of the fastest-growing DeFi networks, Polygon (formerly Matic), to its wallet.
Also, Coinbase is seeking an engineer responsible for integration with mainstream Ethereum (ETH) scaling solutions Arbitrum, Optimism and Starkware.
Following the dramatic drop of cryptocurrency prices and the SEC notice, Coinbase’s COIN lost 11.4% on NASDAQ in the past seven days; at press time, its price is estimated at $248.
Coinbase will establish presence in Israel through purchase of Unbound Security
Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase will acquire cryptographic security company Unbound Security in a move that will also have the U.S. company launch a research facility in Israel.
In a Tuesday blog post, Coinbase said it would be purchasing Unbound to gain access to its cryptographic security experts as well as establish a presence in Israel. The exchange cited Unbound’s work in multi-party computation to provide users with the “virtually impenetrable nature of cold, offline storage, with the frictionless convenience of hot, online wallets.”
“We’ve long recognized Israel as a hot bed of strong technology and cryptography talent, and are excited to continue to grow our team with some of the best and brightest minds in these fields,” said Coinbase. “The Unbound Security team will form the nucleus of this new research facility, which we plan to grow over time.”
The Unbound acquisition is the latest of many for the major crypto exchange following its public listing on Nasdaq in April, giving the firm a roughly $100 billion valuation. Last week, the team at crypto wallet provider BRD announced it would be joining Coinbase in an effort to “help accelerate Web 3.0 adoption” as well as provide “deep expertise in self-custody.”
Coinbase did not immediately disclose the terms of the Unbound acquisition. The exchange has already purchased firms including Agara, an artificial intelligence-enabled support platform with operations in India, data aggregator Zabo, and data analytics platform Skew, with each agreement likely in the millions if not more.
As cryptocurrency prices continue to be volatile, Coinbase announced in August that it had stockpiled a war chest worth roughly $4 billion in cash to prepare for a potentially harsh crypto winter, spurred by decreased crypto retail trading volumes and higher operating costs from regulatory hurdles. The company reported revenue of $1.2 billion in the third quarter of 2021, with profits totaling $406 million.
Coinbase Acquires Mobile Wallet Company BRD
- Coinbase has acquired the mobile wallet company BRD Wallet.
- The team behind the wallet will join Coinbase Wallet to work on self-custody and Web3 integration.
- Coinbase has acquired several other companies in recent months including Agara, Bison Trails, and Skew.
Leading crypto exchange Coinbase has acquired the crypto wallet company BRD, according to statements from both firms.
BRD Team Will Join Coinbase Wallet
BRD announced today that its team will join Coinbase, where it will contribute to the company’s Coinbase Wallet. The app was originally launched in 2014 under the name “breadwallet” and achieved a userbase of 10 million.
BRD suggested that its own wallet will continue to operate normally for the time being and that users will be given the option to migrate to Coinbase Wallet in 2022.
The team behind BRD will join the team behind Coinbase Wallet. Coinbase noted that BRD “brings deep expertise in self-custody for crypto wallets” and that the acquisition is part of its goal of “doubling down on [its] investment in self-custody and Web3.”
It is unclear how the BRD team will change Coinbase’s wallet. Though BRD offers self-custody of crypto funds, Coinbase Wallet already supports this feature, unlike many other exchange wallets.
Coinbase Is On an Acquisitions Spree
BRD is the latest Coinbase buyout in a series of 18 acquisitions since 2018. Earlier this month, Coinbase acquired Indian AI customer support company Agara for over $40 million.
In recent months, Coinbase has also acquired the wallet interoperability company Zabo, the blockchain infrastructure firm Bison Trails, and the crypto data analytics company Skew.
Coinbase also controversially acquired Neutrino in 2019, a company that has been involved in government surveillance efforts for countries such as Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan.
In other news, footwear company Adidas also announced today that it has partnered with Coinbase but has revealed few details about its plans.
Adidas Teasing Partnership with Coinbase
German sports apparel behemoth Adidas has announced a partnership with Coinbase, America’s leading cryptocurrency exchange, on Twitter.
The crypto platform replied with the handshake emoji, seemingly confirming the deal.
🤝— Coinbase (@coinbase) November 24, 2021
In another tweet, Coinbase welcomed Adidas “to the party.”
While there are no details about the high-profile tie-up as of now, cryptocurrency enthusiasts were quick to speculate about it.
On Nov. 22, Adidas tweeted about developing “adiVerse,” a play on the term “metaverse,” together with The Sandbox, a blockchain-powered gaming platform. The tweet has bolstered the rally of the native SAND token that went ballistic after Facebook changed its name to Meta in late October.
Earlier this month, Nike filed to trademark various digital items in the U.S. In 2019, the company received a patent for “Cryptokicks,” a platform for selling non-fungible tokens that represent tokenized versions of physical shoes.