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Kings of Crypto: One Startup's Quest to Take Cryptocurrency Out of Silicon Valley and Onto Wall Street

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Brian Armstrong stepped onto the stage with quiet confidence. He turned to the audience and shared his idea with the simple slogan: "Coinbase, the easiest way to get started with Bitcoin."

For a moment late in 2018, one Bitcoin, which physically amounts to a few electrons blipping on a tiny bit of silicon, was worth $20,000—the same as a pound of gold. Libertarian technolog
Unknown Binding, 256 pages
Published January 12th 2021 by Harvard Business Review Press
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Stefan Mitev
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Притежавате ли криптовалута?

Ако да, то книгата "Кралете на крипто" е за вас. Историята на криптовалутите е модерна одисея от надежди, обещания, заблуди, регулаторни проблеми, кражби, измами, алчност и много много пари.

Браян Армстронг е основател на Coinbase - най-известният сайт, чрез който лесно и без технически познания може да закупите криптовалути. Идеята за максимално улесняване на потребителя го прави милардер. Възходът на Coinbase е осеян с многобройни кризи, които слагат край на други ко
Ashik Uzzaman
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: leadership
I finished Kings of Crypto: One Startup's Quest to Take Cryptocurrency Out of Silicon Valley and Onto Wall Street by Jeff John Roberts. This short book gives a fast paced picture of the crazy Silicon Valley startup culture and how the ups and downs of coinbase in the last 8 years impacted the crypto industry and blockchain in general. Jeff starts from 2012 when Brian Armstrong was walking into YCombinator's Mountain View office to raise fund and ends up with his meeting in Manhattan with Jamie D ...more
This book is one part business school case study of the cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, and another frankly much better part which is a pocket history of the evolution of cryptocurrencies and Bitcoin specifically since its inception in 2009. I enjoyed reading some of the journalistic accounts (whatever their veracity) of the key players in the origins of Coinbase, a company that is on the way to IPO and may end up becoming crypto's equivalent of J.P. Morgan in the end. But as an outside observ ...more
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable, story and character driven so no need for a deep knowledge of the field of crypto or even finance really. For some reason the kindle and physical book are not out until almost a year from now, but the audio book is available already.
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: post-mortems
This is a good account of some of the Coinbase story (it's ongoing, but it's been about 8 years already...), including the internal political and product debate, concerns about how Coinbase fits in with the rest of the broader crypto (and broader financial) community, and some of the concerns about Coinbase vs. future competitors. There's a brief intro to crypto generally, but I think it assumes you're somewhat familiar with Bitcoin at this point, and the book probably isn't good as a first intr ...more
Larry Liao
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
One long bitcoin gossip column
Mar 28, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book will not age well. This book is mostly propaganda. For example, early on in the book, the author makes a vastly oversimplified argument that Nick Szabo is probably Satoshi Nakamoto and essentially hand waves and says “because Occam’s Razor”. Tell me, then, why Nick Szabo didn’t know that the original Bitcoin design was Turing complete? Watch for yourself at 16:52:

Nick blithely instructs CSW to write a paper on the “esoteric” statement about Bitcoin’s Turing
Roxana Chiorean
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easy read with a lot of good insights about coinbase (product, struggles, company culture evolution), crypto and some of the big crypto players. As someone who hasn't followed th crypto news too closely, I felt this was an easy way to get up-to-speed with the history of events. ...more
Raphael Leiteritz
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More on the entertaining and gossipy side vs an intro to the space. But stille a worthwhile read if you have read a of foundational bitcoin stuff.
This book showcases the story of Coinbase, a bitcoin startup turned billion dollar firm. It is fascinating to see how the its founders Brian and Fred poured their hearts and soul to build something despite the skepticism of many people around them.

This is also a story of teamwork, the ups and downs, the challenges, and thriumphs of the team involve in this company.

I like the way the story was written in this book. It feels like I am watching a movie with the way the author described the “charact
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I find it impressive that Brian Armstrong agreed to this book being published. There are a lot of critics. It shows his humbleness and good intents.
The book is a good overview of the last few years in the crypto space but it does not really emphasize the potential of blockchain, it's oriented towards retail investing mostly. It shows how challenging it can become to keep a crypto culture. Coinbase is growing and losing a part of its spirit over time, especially because of growth and also becaus
Rootul Patel
May 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Completed in one day (listened to 3 hours while running and 2 hours while driving). I recommend this book if you enjoy Brad Stone's books (The Upstarts or The Everything Store). This is basically a brief account of the origin story of Coinbase and some backstory on the founders, and early employees. I appreciated the book's brevity and the more detailed look at competing exchanges (Binance, Bitfinex, Gemin) and the hacks that many of these exchanges (including Coinbase!) have encountered.

May 01, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, business
'Kings of Crypto' is a light but solid recounting of the story of the founding and rise of Coinbase, the top U.S. cryptocurrency exchange. Roberts gives lots of credit for Coinbase's success to its founding pair, whose bold vision, executive focus, and personal drive enabled them to win powerful venture capital backing, attract talent, and out-survive competitors during the early "wild west" days of bitcoin trading. Roberts also highlights that despite Coinbase's brand as "the White Knight of Cr ...more
Mar 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic read for anyone who wants to dabble into the world of crypto without going into the high level details of the world of blockchain. It presents the journey of Coinsqaure while providing knowledge on the workings of world of cyrpto currency. I am beyond inspired by how much of a visionary their CEO Brain is. To not only be a visionary to predict the future of crypto currency but also to take a chance at building a startup that relies on the framework of cyrpto takes a certain l ...more
The book is a bit outdated now given how fast things can move in cryptospace. But it gives a decent background knowledge for those who are interested or are already going down the rabbit hole.

The big take away is how the West crypto enthusiasts, as a whole, severely underestimated CZ and how Binance manage to blitzscaling everything; it is up to the point that even CZ cannot keep up with his conquering in this space e.g. BSC is one of a few examples that has gained lots of traction lately despit
Ty Pulliam
Apr 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written with elements of a great Mezrich nonfic novel, Roberts paints the picture on the origins of crypto giant Coinbase. He chronicles the humble beginnings, the listings of the currencies, a civil war that brewed from within, and even chronicles crypto during the beginnings of the covid pandemic. An amazing portrayal of the trading giant we now know as the first stop for most crypto traders. A must read.
Dennis Cahillane
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Competently tells the story of Coinbase from Y Combinator until mid-2020. Most books about the tech industry have a biased viewpoint, they are either too critical or too worshipful. This is one of the the least biased, most fact-based books about a tech company and tech person I've read. It is also better than other books in the genre because it doesn't make basic mistakes about cryptography and the law. I wasn't surprised to see that the author is a member of the NY bar. ...more
Bruce Jones Jr
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Man, this book was super good. It primarily follows the creation of Coinbase as it walks you through the murkiness of the cryptocurrency revolution. The book is current up until about the summer of 2020. Really relevant information written in a fun and captivating way. Very character driven, which leads to you becoming invested in how everything plays out.
Scott Loftesness
Best book on crypto I’ve read!

Just finished Roberts’ book in one afternoon sitting. Beautifully told with lots of behind the scenes details and insights that were new to me. I appreciate the effort he put into writing such a quality story so well done.
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars- Enjoyed the book and appreciated how it put crypto into layman’s terms for me. Written like yet another Silicon Valley tale a la Uncanny Valley or Bad Blood, though BB is significantly more gripping IMO
Rob Harrison
Dec 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Enjoyed it, but I had hyped it in my head more to start.

Entertaining, but learned more about Silicon Valley, start ups, and the names of most popular currencies than I did about the currency types themselves which I want to better understand.

Sigurd Kvernmoen
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting recap of the Coinbase story so far
Apr 02, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of parroting off information available on Twitter. Small pieces of info internal to Coinbase was nice. Book is written for no-coiners and boomers.
Brett Kronewitter
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Short history of the formation of the crypto company Coinbase and it´s progression from Silicon valley to more traditional Wall Street finance.
Es entretenido y te lleva por la historia de crypto de una manera que hasta un niño de 6 años podrá entender.
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