Coinbase Adds Wall Street Veteran Dodds to Its Board of Directors

  • A former Charles Schwab CFO with decades of experience in the financial industry has joined Coinbase's board of directors.
  • The exchange touts this is part of its "effort to expand our financial services capabilities."

Many cryptocurrency enthusiasts and investors believe blockchain technology will help change banking forever.  Considering blockchain can allow payments to be processed more efficiently and at a lower cost than traditional banking, many in the financial sector champion it can aid in a complete revamp of the finance world.

The cryptocurrency community also therefore sees it as a symbolic confirmation that blockchain is the future when Wall Street execs end up leaving their financial firms to join cryptocurrency-related companies. Recently, it was revealed that Chris Dodds, who serves on Charles Schwab’s board of directors, has joined the Coinbase’s board of directors in early October.

Through a statement, the company said:

Dodds’ addition to the Coinbase board is part of our effort to expand our financial services capabilities as we head into this next chapter for the company and the cryptocurrency industry as a whole.

Experience From Charles Schwab

 The Charles Schwab Corporation is not only one of the largest banks in the world, but also the third-largest asset manager in the world. Specifically, the San Francisco-based company has over $3 trillion in management.

Dodds has worked in various roles for Charles Schwab and has held positions relevant to financial planning and analysis, corporate development, and more. Dodds, known as one of the best in technology talent acquisition, has helped grow the company for decades, as he originally joined it in 1986. Aside from the fact that the company is a major player in global finance, it has also been consistently recognized as a great place to work at as well.

Coinbase Keeps Expanding

 The move shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to some, considering Coinbase, America’s largest cryptocurrency platform, is open about its plans to expand aggressively. In fact, it recently revealed it wants to multiply its manpower seven-fold, and launched new products like Coinbase Bundle.

Christine Sandler, the co-head of institutional sales, is open about Coinbase’s strategy, stating plainly that “we want to partner with appropriate institutions to help the whole ecosystem grow”. Its strategy has seemingly been working, as Coinbase may soon be among the “highest-valued” startups in the US.

This is further emphasized through recent Coinbase hires, as well. J.P. Morgan executive director Oputa Ezediaro left the Big Four bank for Coinbase in January of this year. Eric Scro, the former head of finance at the New York Stock Exchange, joined Coinbase shortly afterwards, in March.

Silvergate Bank to Offer Institutional Crypto-Backed Loans

Neil Dennis

Silvergate Bank, one of thefinancial service providers of choice for the cryptoasset industry, has said it plans to add crypto-lending to its array of services.

The California-based company, which provides commercial banking and payments services to many of the top crypto-related firms such as Bitstamp and Coinbase, said in an updated IPO filing it would offer institutional clients loans in fiat currency collateralized with cryptoassets. 

This service would be included in its Silvergate Exchange Network - a payment system designed for its crypto exchange clients. The company said in the prospectus update:

Offering lines of credit would improve liquidity within the order book of our exchange clients, enabling additional trading on their platforms, potentially reducing pricing arbitrage across exchanges and improving the stability of digital currencies.

Risk Returns

Silvergate said the service would earn it "attractive risk adjusted returns" because even if the price of cryptoassets being held as collateral should fall, it can sell the assets on one of its client exchanges.

The bank has been rapidly expanding its roster of crypto-related clients: when it updated its IPO prospectus on December 31 it had 542 crypto clients, compared with 655 as of June 30.