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Events in crypto take place at warp speed. This weekly crypto podcast reveals how the marquee names in crypto are reacting to the week’s top headlines. With host Laura Shin, the guests also discuss what they’re thinking about these days and reveal what they believe is on the horizon in crypto. Discl… read more


The 'Brilliant Asshole' Who Almost Blew Up Coinbase - Ep.126

Jeff Roberts, staff writer at Fortune and author of the recent Audible book, “Kings of Crypto: Coinbase and the Coming Disruption of Finance,” discusses Coinbase's past, present and future. In this episode, we cover: 

  • when Coinbase duped Apple with its app and eventually got kicked out of the App Store
  • when Coinbase's hot wallet got hacked
  • how CEO Brian Armstrong handled challenges like the Bitcoin block size debate and an IRS summons on all its customers' activities for years
  • how it handled the competition from Binance
  • why that led to "screaming in the board room" 
  • the "complete mercenary" and "brilliant asshole" who tore the leadership ranks apart and led to a number of departures by top execs
  • why Brian and JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon met privately
  • where Coinbase goes from here

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Episode links: 

Jeff Roberts:

Kings of Crypto on Audible:

Harvard Business Review edition:

Jeff’s interview with Coinbase cofounder Fred Ehrsam at Consensus: Distributed: 

JPMorgan banks Coinbase:

Brian Brooks becoming acting comptroller of the Office of the Currency:

Coinbase going remote-first:

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