Coinbase, First Crowd Funded Bitcoin Company, Raises Over $600K


SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Brian Armstrong (Previously AirBnB) founded the first YC backed Bitcoin company. Now, he’s reached an even bigger milestone. Coinbase (YC S12) is now officially the first traditionally crowd funded Bitcoin company (we say traditionally because some Bitcoin companies have raised funds in Bitcoin via the GLBSE stock market).

This shows that a lot of people believe in Coinbase and, by proxy, Bitcoin. Some all stars like Y Combinator, Alexis Ohanian (reddit co-founder), Trevor Blackwell (Anybots, YC co-founder) and IDG Ventures have invested in Coinbase. Armstrong, of course, makes it quite easy to believe in Coinbase. He created Coinbase to be the PayPal of Bitcoin and to bring Bitcoin to the masses.

Having completed the FundersClub (YC S12) crowdfunding round, Coinbase raised $268,700, a little over its goal of $250,000, from 61 FundersClub members. That’s an average of $4,500 per member. The minimum to invest was $1,000 with $2,500 guaranteeing you a spot in the round. The opportunity was initially only available for 10 days but it was subsequently extended a number of times. It ended up being available for about 1 month in total. Coinbase also raised an additional $350,000 from offline investors.

Brian Armstrong states the funding will go primarily towards building a high quality team.

 

About Andrew

Andrew is a long-time advocate of privacy and the conservation of the personal realm. He served as the brand manager for an internationally recognized best-selling product prior to co-founding Private Internet Access. Additionally, he was the co-founder of Mt. Gox Live which was acquired by Mt. Gox and created their official mobile application.

  • Nick

    That’s a lot of money!

  • http://twitter.com/BitcoinRate BitcoinRate.com

    Very cool to see people backing Coinbase and bitcoin.

  • http://twitter.com/BitcoinRate BitcoinRate.com

    Very cool to see people backing Coinbase and bitcoin.

  • bitcoiner

    Nice, but if they saying they will be PayPal of Bitcoin I hope they will not start to voluntary freezing accounts and other nasty PayPal tactics :/

  • http://www.privacylover.com Frank Merlott

    BitCoin is the must have currency for anyone who loves freedom to spend his money, I hope they succeed, the banks won’t like it because they will lose their rip off fees and it will be difficult for them to return their bailout money.

    Something that we can be sure of is that regardless of success it isn’t going to be Bitcoin the one asking for bail out money. Few banks can say that.