有趣的是，Coinbase宣布收购的博客文章花费了更多的笔墨讨论Earn.com前首席执行官Balaji Srinivasan，他将加入Coinbase成为其首席技术官（CTO）。在任职Earn.com首席执行官之前，Balaji Srinivasan是知名风险投资公司Andreessen Horowitz(A16Z)的合伙人之一，他是Coinbase迄今为止最引人注目的“收购成果”。
据CCN 报道，Coinbase最近还推出了第一个风险投资基金——Coinbase Ventures，它将为初创企业提供1500万美元的种子轮融资。
Coinbase has officially embarked on a shopping spree.
The San Francisco-based company on Monday announced its second buyout in less than a week, revealing that it had acquired fellow cryptocurrency startup Earn.com, confirming months-long rumors that the two companies were quietly holding such discussions.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but TechCrunch reports that it provided investors — who had collectively given Earn.com nearly $120 million in funding over the years — with a positive return on their investment. That’s in line with earlier reports, which said that the total compensation package would likely exceed $120 million.
Earn.com has had an eclectic history. Formerly known as 21 Inc., it launched as a much-hyped Bitcoin mining startup but ultimately evolved into a cryptocurrency-based professional networking platform that allows users to earn Bitcoin by answering emails and completing other similar tasks.
The company has said it is developing an ERC20 token to power its platform in place of Bitcoin, which is notable given that Coinbase recently announced its intention to add full support for ERC20 tokens to its suite of products. However, Earn.com said in a blog post discussing the acquisition that it will put its token launch “on the back burner” as it integrates its platform into Coinbase’s ecosystem.
Interestingly, Coinbase’s blog post announcing the acquisition spends far more space discussing former Earn.com CEO Balaji Srinivasan, who will join Coinbase as its first chief technology officer. Prior to leading Earn.com, Srinivasan was a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, and he is Coinbase’s most high-profile “acqhire” to date.
The deal was Coinbase’s second acquisition in as many business days. On Friday, the company announced that it had purchased Cipher Browser, a mobile Ethereum wallet that also allows users to access decentralized applications (DApps).
The company’s sole employee — creator Peter Kim — joined Coinbase as an engineering team lead and will work to integrate some of Cipher’s features into Toshi, Coinbase’s mobile DApp browser.
As CCN reported, Coinbase also recently launched its first venture capital fund — Coinbase Ventures — which will provide industry startups with $15 million in early seed financing.