Coinbase is a digital asset trading company based in San Francisco, California, and founded in June 2012 by Brian Armstrong and Fred Ehrsam. It trades Bitcoin, Ripple, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum Classic, Litecoin and other digital assets with fiat currencies in 32 countries and with Bitcoin and deposit transactions in 190 countries. Since April 14, 2021, Coinbase has been listed on the Nasdaq, becoming a public company.

Coinbase was founded in June 2012 by Brian Armstrong, a former Airbnb engineer. Armstrong enrolled in the Y Combinator startup incubator program and received $150,000 in cash funding. Fred Ehrsam, a former Goldman Sachs trader, later joined as a co-founder. Coinbase has two key products: a global digital asset exchange for trading digital currencies on its professional platform, an interface for retail trading of bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, ether and litecoin.