US - Cryptocurrency Exchanges

Coinbase #

Traded asNasdaq: COIN
FoundedJune 2012
FounderBrian Armstrong, Fred Ehrsam
HeadquartersNo headquarters
Area served100+ countries
Key peopleBrian Armstrong (CEO & Co-Founder) Emilie Choi (President & COO) Alesia Haas (CFO)
  • Coinbase Global, Inc. , branded Coinbase, is an American company that operates a cryptocurrency exchange platform.
  • Coinbase operates remote-first, and lacks an official physical headquarters.
  • On April 14, 2021, Coinbase went public on the Nasdaq exchange via a direct listing.

Products #

  • The company’s products for retail traders include:
    • Coinbase, an app used to buy, store and trade different cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic and Litecoin.
    • Coinbase Pro, a professional asset trading platform for trading digital assets.
    • Coinbase Wallet, an app that allows customers to access decentralized crypto apps (dapps) using a dapp browser.
  • Products for institutional traders include:
    • Coinbase Prime, a trading platform for institutional customers.
    • Coinbase Custody, specialist level services for institutions that hold bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies with Coinbase.
  • Other cryptocurrency-related products include:
    • USD Coin, a digital stablecoin that lets customers put up U.S. dollars in exchange for a cryptocurrency that has the same value but can be traded more quickly.
    • Coinbase Card, a debit Visa card that allows customers to spend cryptocurrency.
    • Coinbase Commerce, a payment service for merchants.
    • Coinbase Earn, a cryptocurrency learning platform that rewards users with small amounts of altcoins for watching videos and taking quizzes to learn about them.
  • The company develops an application programming interface (API) for developers and merchants to build applications and accept payments in digital currencies.

Kraken #

TypeCryptocurrency exchange
LocationSan Francisco, California, United States
FoundedJuly 28, 2011;
OwnerPayward, Inc.
Key peopleJesse Powell (CEO)
Fiat currencies:USD, EUR, JPY, GBP, CAD, AUD, CHF
  • Kraken is a United States-based cryptocurrency exchange and bank, founded in 2011.
  • The exchange provides trading between cryptocurrency and fiat currencies, and provides price information to Bloomberg Terminal.

Gemini #

HeadquartersNew York City, New York, U.S.
Key peopleCameron Winklevoss (Co-founder), Tyler Winklevoss (Co-founder)
  • Gemini Trust Company, LLC (Gemini) is a cryptocurrency exchange and custodian that allows customers to buy, sell, and store digital assets.
  • It is a New York trust company that is regulated by the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) and was founded in 2014 by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss.

Bittrex #

HeadquartersSeattle, Washington
Key PeopleBill Shihara, Co-Founder and CEO; Richie Lai, Co-Founder and Chief Information Officer; Rami Kawach, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
ProductsCryptocurrency Exchange
  • It was founded in 2014 by three senior security managers from Amazon: Bill Shihara, co-founder and CEO; Richie Lai, co-founder and chief information officer; and Rami Kawach, co-founder and CTO.
  • In June 2019, Bittrex announced that it would begin blocking U.S. users from trading 32 cryptocurrencies on the exchange, including QTUM.
    • Bittrex said this would not affect the coins’ availability to non-U.S.users.