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Coinbase或以超1.2亿美元收购Earn.com

Coinbase已经正式踏入收购狂潮。

本周一消息,这家总部位于旧金山的公司宣布收购同为加密货币初创公司的Earn.com,这是Coinbase在不到一周时间内的第二次收购。

这笔交易的细节没有被披露出来,但TechCrunch报道称,在过去几年中投资者总共向Earn.com提供了近1.2亿美元的资金。这与之前的报告一致,报告称总收购价可能会超过1.2亿美元。

Earn.com以前叫作21 Inc.,是一家被大肆炒作的比特币矿业初创公司,但最终发展成为一个基于加密货币的专业网络平台,允许用户通过回复电子邮件和完成其他类似任务来赚取比特币

该公司表示,它正在开发一种代币ERC20,以替代比特币来推动其平台的发展。值得注意的是Coinbase最近宣布打算在其系列产品中增加对ERC20的全面支持。然而,Earn.com在一篇博客文章中表示,在将其平台整合到Coinbase生态系统期间,他们打算将ERC20暂时放一放。

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”。

该公司创始人Peter Kim加入Coinbase作为工程团队负责人,将致力于把Cipher的一些功能集成到Coinbase的移动DApp浏览器Toshi中。

这笔交易是Coinbase在不到一周时间内的第二次收购。上周五,该公司宣布已收购了加密浏览器CipherBrowser,这是一款去中心化应用浏览器和移动以太坊区块链钱包,允许用户访问去中心化应用程序(DApps)。

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.


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