Brian Armstrong is a crypto billionaire, investor, philanthropist, and visionary who believes that crypto can improve the global financial system. He is the co-founder and CEO of Coinbase, the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the United States.
Armstrong joined the Y Combinator startup accelerator in 2012 and received funding to launch Coinbase, which aimed to make buying and storing crypto easy and secure for anyone. Since then, the company has grown to serve over 70 million customers in more than 100 countries, going public in 2021.
Armstrong is a vocal advocate for the crypto industry, and he aims to build an open financial system that is more inclusive, transparent, and efficient than the traditional one.
In addition to his business endeavors, Armstrong is also a philanthropist who has pledged to donate most of his wealth to charitable causes. He is the co-founder of the nonprofit GiveCrypto.org. He is also a supporter of research and education initiatives in the fields of blockchain, AI, and biotechnology.