Coinbase Is The Hottest Rocketship In Silicon Valley

Maybe you’re not into crypto, but chances are you’ve heard of Coinbase and all the talent they’ve been scooping up on Wall Street and Silicon Valley. At this point, they’ve basically built a big tech company and operating like Google and Facebook, firing off acquisition after acquisition. The latest? They’re going after the big dogs… institutional investors… and building a world-class platform with white glove service to do so.

Coinbase was founded in 2012 by Brian Armstrong, with a goal in mind to build the a platform that would become the easiest way to buy and sell crypto-currency. Since then, they’ve raised over $200M, acquired 9 companies, and become a household name. Literally everyone is lining up to be added to their app, which is more exclusive than the hottest Las Vegas clubs. All in all, it’s been a great couple of years for their team.

With just around 15M users, the platform has a long runway for growth. Revenue capped around $1B last year, overshooting projections by a cool 66%, putting them in a place to reject VC funding and moving them closer to blue ocean status.

Armstrong is incredibly proud of the effort his team has put forth, sharing in a blog post addressed to his employees just a few weeks ago…

“We’re on the right path, doing the right work. I hope you’ll take a moment … to reflect on the past quarter and all that we’ve accomplished … The world needs to know more about the incredible story that is being written here at Coinbase. I’m so proud to be on this journey with all of you!”

We’ll be keeping tabs on Coinbase over on Facebook and Twitter, so check us out!

Check Out the Commonbond Summer Series

Every year, CommonBond hosts the MBA Summer Series—weekly events in June and July designed to help business school students (and anyone else who’s interested) learn more about how to leverage their knowledge and experience toward a new career path.

All of the 2018 MBA Summer Series events feature panel discussions and Q&A followed by networking receptions, as MBA-graduate speakers share their wisdom and experiences. Events are free to attend; food and drinks will be provided. Continue reading “Check Out the Commonbond Summer Series”

Discover the secrets behind Stripe, the payments behemoth

When brothers Patrick and John Collison founded Stripe in 2010, John was just 19 years old and Patrick 21. Today, their payments platform is valued at over $9.2 billion and John has been named the world’s youngest self made billionaire (as of 2017).

Stripe’s platform facilitates billions of dollars in payments every year, empowering companies like Lyft, Target, Kickstarter, and Instacart. They’re the payments plumbing for these online retailers and service providers.

Stripe’s core product is just 7 lines of code, which can be pasted into your website in minutes, enabling you to power your e-commerce site in no-time.

This month, Stripe was featured on NPR’s podcast, ‘How I Built This.’ Check it out now on iTunes.

 

FinTech is exploding at Georgetown University

When I started my MBA at Georgetown University in 2016, I joined pretty much every club imaginable. The Startup Club, the Tech Club, the Finance Club, the Marketing Club, the Consulting Club, the Social Impact Club… you name it, I joined. I was in search of friends, people with similar interests, and the classmates that would help me achieve life happiness and career success.  Continue reading “FinTech is exploding at Georgetown University”

Investor Tribes is making finance fun, easy, and social for millennials

Did you know that 2/3’s of Americans are unable to pass a basic financial literacy test? The figure alarms me, yet I’ll be the first to admit that finance is tough… I’ve studied the subject the past ten years and still struggle to understand the math, lingo, and finding the best way to plan for my future. The funny thing is, as a result of not understanding their money, Americans prefer to stay quiet rather than ask questions. Continue reading “Investor Tribes is making finance fun, easy, and social for millennials”

FinTech is booming in 2018 and here’s what you need to know

You probably haven’t been able to avoid bitcoin, blockchain, cryptocurrency, and ICO hype in 2018. If you have, kudos, kudos, but my social media newsfeeds are buzzing with messages from crypto-heads … and my email … let’s just say it’s spam central.

That said, the blockchain revolution is booming, putting FinTech at the forefront of Wall Street, Silicon Valley, and Capitol Hill discussions. Continue reading “FinTech is booming in 2018 and here’s what you need to know”