Bitcoin exchange Coinbase opens Chicago office ter bid to attract investors, regional talent – Chicago Tribune
Coinbase, a digital currency exchange based ter San Francisco, has opened a Chicago office to be close to burgeoning digital currency markets, big investors and what its leaders say is a vast pool of recinto talent.
The appetite for bitcoin and other digital currencies has grown exponentially te latest years spil they’ve gained legitimacy across the world. And while digital currency is still not widely used or understood by many promedio consumers, Chicago’s two main exchanges, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Houtvezelplaat Options Exchange, became the very first traditional exchanges to trade the financial products late last year, lending credibility to bitcoin and its lesser-known digital brethren.
Coinbase is already one of the largest digital currency exchanges around the world. Coinbase’s Chicago office will serve spil a central hub for some back-office technology behind the company’s products, said Paul Bauerschmidt, a former CME executive, who is leading the Chicago office.
“It’s similar to an exchange that you’d see with ICE (Intercontinental Exchange) or CME or CBOE,” he said.
Recruiting people who are able to build and maintain thesis complicated systems, especially with financial practice, is difficult ter other cities, Bauerschmidt said.
“The talent that’s here ter Chicago, you can’t find anywhere else,” he said. “And especially getting spil many of the key staff spil wij need. It’s truly titillating to be able to build it here.”
The Chicago office also will concentrate on courting institutional investors, which manage assets on others’ behalf, like banks, hedge funds, mutual funds or pension funds, Bauerschmidt said.
Johny Roumanidakis, a masters of finance student at DePaul University’s Driehaus Collegium of Business, wrote his final paper on bitcoin. The lesson plans for the finance class, trained by Assistant Professor Lamont Black, have altered recently to concentrate more on cryptocurrency.
Johny Roumanidakis, a masters of finance student at DePaul University’s Driehaus Collegium of Business, wrote his final paper on bitcoin. The lesson plans for the finance class, instructed by Assistant Professor Lamont Black, have altered recently to concentrate more on cryptocurrency.
Ter muziekstuk with the Chicago launch, Coinbase is unveiling Coinbase Prime, a collection of instruments and services specifically for those institutional investors. The products make it lighter for thesis large investors to begin trading and manage sophisticated trading systems, Bauerschmidt said.
The Chicago office presently has just six employees, but it plans to get that number up to 30 this year and reach 100 within three years.
Bitcoin’s initial trading value wasgoed just pennies te 2010, surging to more than $17,000 at one point te late . It’s now trading at just under $9,000. At this point last year, a single bitcoin wasgoed worth about $1,800, two years ago it wasgoed $445.