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Brian Armstrong: How I Built CoinbaseBy How I Built This, Guy Raz, Brian Armstrong

In a Nutshell

In this episode of How I Built This with Guy Raz, Coinbase co-founder and CEO Brian Armstrong discusses his journey building his crypto wallet and the setbacks he encountered along the way.

Favorite Quote

One of the reasons we were successful was that we didn't die. We just didn't die.

Brian Armstrong


Founding your own business isn't easy. But imagine starting one that is tied to an entirely new currency, while people doubt its potential.

Brian Armstrong founded Coinbase, a wallet app that lets you buy, sell, and store cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin or Ethereum.

Armstrong founded Coinbase in 2012, years before crypto became mainstream.

Armstrong encountered countless obstacles, including the volatility of Bitcoin itself, on the way to making Coinbase the success it was by late 2021.

In his podcast How I Built This, Guy Raz investigates the stories behind the world's most successful companies and the entrepreneurs who built them.

In this November 2021 episode of his podcast, Raz talks to Armstrong about his early days as an entrepreneur. They then cover his journey to founding Coinbase and the resilience that got him through it all.

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