A message from Coinbase CEO and Cofounder, Brian Armstrong

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By Brian Armstrong, CEO and Cofounder

Earlier this day, I shared the next inform with all Coinbase staff.


As of late I’m making the complex resolution to lower the size of our crew by about 18%, to make certain we cease wholesome in the direction of this economic downturn. I must perambulate you by why I’m making this resolution below, but first I must birth by taking accountability for the intention we purchased right here. I’m the CEO, and the buck stops with me.

Over the final month, I’ve had many conversations with our Exec crew and our Board to focus on about original market events besides to the teach of our industry. Lots of realities bear become certain to me in these discussions:

  • Economic circumstances are altering without warning: We appear to be entering a recession after a 10+ twelve months economic disclose. A recession may possibly well well also lead to 1 other crypto cool climate, and may possibly well well final for an extended length. In previous crypto winters, buying and selling earnings (our finest earnings source) has declined tremendously. While it’s engaging to foretell the economy or the markets, we repeatedly thought for the worst so we can feature the industry by any ambiance.
  • Managing our costs is indispensable in down markets: Coinbase has survived by four fundamental crypto winters, and we’ve created future success by rather managing our spending by every down length. Down markets are demanding to navigate and require a obvious mindset.
  • We grew too immediate: First and essential of 2021, we had 1,250 staff. On the time, we were in the early innings of the bull trail and adoption of crypto merchandise used to be exploding. There were new exhaust cases enabled by crypto getting traction virtually every week. We saw the alternatives but we desired to vastly scale our crew to be positioned to compete in a immense array of bets. It’s demanding to grow at correct the particular tempo given the scale of our disclose (~200% y/y for the reason that initiating of 2021). While we tried our finest to receive this correct real, in this case it is now certain to me that we over-employed.
  1. The decide on to self-discipline up bills: As we feature in this extremely unsure length in the arena, we want to make certain we can efficiently navigate a prolonged downturn. Our crew has grown very immediate (>4x in the previous 18 months) and our employee costs are too high to effectively self-discipline up this unsure market. The actions we are taking this day will allow us to more confidently self-discipline up by this era although it is severely prolonged.
  2. The decide on to magnify efficiency: We bear got now exceeded the limit of how many new staff we can mix while rising our productivity. For the previous few months, adding new staff has made us less efficient, no longer more. We bear got considered ourselves decelerate critically due to coordination headwinds, and misfortune completely integrating new crew individuals. We imagine the targeted resourcing adjustments we are making this day will allow our organization to become more efficient.

Each and each of those advance abet to my resolution to tremendously scale our crew over the final two years, so this accountability rests completely with me.

Our senior leaders bear worked diligently to establish the correct adjustments for every of their groups in accordance with our clarified priorities.

Within the next hour every employee will receive an electronic mail from HR informing must you are affected or unaffected by this layoff. Every affected employee will receive an invitation to bear a teach conversation at the side of your HRBP and the senior leader of your organization.

Ought to you are affected, you may possibly well possibly receive this notification on your private electronic mail, because we made the resolution to lower receive admission to to Coinbase programs for affected staff. I realize that elimination of receive admission to will in fact feel surprising and surprising, and right here’s no longer the abilities I needed for you. Given the sequence of staff who bear receive admission to to glorious customer files, it used to be unfortunately the finest helpful different, to make certain no longer even a single person made a rash resolution that harmed the industry or themselves.

I also desired to be obvious that that every affected staff are taken care of in this transition, and that we enhance them in discovering a new role. Staff who’re departing this day will receive:

  1. Minimal of 14 weeks of severance plus a further 2 weeks for yearly of employment beyond 1 twelve months
  2. 4 months of COBRA neatly being insurance coverage in the US, and 4 months of psychological neatly being enhance globally
  3. Get hang of admission to to Skill Hub, where individuals of Coinbase’s crew will work to join with you with birth positions at diversified companies (including portfolio companies from Coinbase Ventures and diversified high crypto VC funds)

Coinbase staff are amongst basically the most proficient in the arena, and I’m obvious that the abilities you all contain will proceed to be sought after by companies around the arena. I understand it can possibly well also merely bewitch longer in this ambiance to search out new employment, and so my hope is that this monetary and non-monetary aid helps carry out this surprising transition for you as seamless as conceivable.

To our colleagues who’re departing, I must notify thanks for giving every part to this company, and that I’m sorry. I am hoping that as we grow again we receive a gamble to hire you abet. We wouldn’t be where we are this day with out your labor and dedication to our mission. I’m incredibly grateful for every part you may possibly well possibly bear performed to make contributions to our success.

To our crew that’s staying, I know this will possibly well also be an advanced day for you all too. You are going to claim goodbye to your colleagues that you just’ve been in the trenches with. I also request you may possibly well possibly all in fact feel some stage of alarm, uncertainty and doubt in regards to the future. Know that we made these engaging decisions to make certain our future is vivid. We’ll part more on how we rally as a crew in the next few days. Honest now, let us thank all our colleagues who’re departing for the fundamental contribution they’ve made to our mission.



This weblog put up comprises forward trying statements. These forward trying statements are easiest predictions and may possibly well well also merely vary materially from right results due to a quantity of factors. The hazards and uncertainties that can possibly well motive right results to vary from the outcomes predicted are more completely detailed in our filings with the Securities and Alternate Rate. Any forward trying statements contained herein are in accordance with assumptions that we imagine to be inexpensive as of the date of this weblog put up. We undertake no obligation to switch these statements on story of original files or future events.

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