Coinbase Makes It to LinkedIn's ‘Top Companies in the US’ List

Francisco Memoria

Coinbase, a US-based cryptocurrency exchange, has recently made it to LinkedIn ‘Top Companies 2019’ list, which looks at US firms’ popularity by analyzing their performance when it comes to interest in the company, employee engagement, employee retention, and job demand.

According to the networking platform for professionals’ list, Coinbase ranked 335 out of 50, ahead of giants like JP Morgan Chase, Twitter, and Intel. It was notably the only cryptocurrency-focused firm to make it to the list.

LinkedIn’s report notes Coinbase has predominantly been hiring staff to work in IT, engineering, and human resources roles, and has a headcount of roughly 600 in the country. Its employees can choose to be paid partially or fully in bitcoin, and roughly 40% choose to have part of their salary be paid out in crypto.

Per CoinDesk, the cryptocurrency exchange offers “above industry standard perks” to retain its staff, including offers of up to $5,000 a year for treatments like egg-freezing, and health insurance options.

LinkedIn has in the past ranked Coinbase as one of the best startups to work for, alongside payment network Ripple and another US-based cryptocurrency exchange, Gemini. Another report, on emerging jobs, noted the blockchain developer role was in high demand last year.

Notably in this year’s list of top companies in the US, Coinbase came ahead of JP Morgan, which earlier this year launched its own stablecoin called JPM Coin. The banking giant has, per LinkedIn’s report, been focusing on hiring for finance, engineering, and business development roles.

Topping the networking platform’s list were tech giants like Alphabet, the parent company of Google and YouTube, as well as Facebook and Amazon, which came in at number two and three.

Ripple’s Success as a Payment Company May Not Benefit XRP, Says Pompliano

Michael LaVere
  • Morgan Creek Digital co-founder Anthony "Pomp" Pompliano is a strong supporter of Ripple as a payment protocol company. 
  • Pomp remains unconvinced whether Ripple's success will ultimately benefit XRP as an asset for investment. 

Morgan Creek Digital co-founder Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano believes that Ripple’s success as a payment protocol may not benefit XRP in the long run. 

Speaking on the latest episode of The Pomp Podcast, Pompliano outlined his reasons for being a fan of Ripple. According to Pomp, Ripple excels as a blockchain-based payment company that has managed to forge relationships with banks and financial services across the globe. 

However, Pompliano remains unconvinced of whether Ripple’s overall success will translate into benefits for XRP. 

He said,

What I don’t understand, and I think where I choose to not engage on the XRP side, is I don’t understand why people are buying it, speculating on future price movements.

Pomp explained that he saw the advantages of using XRP in the Ripple ecosystem, but was skeptical of the cryptoasset for investment. 

He said,

To me, if Ripple is successful, that doesn’t mean XRP has to be successful.

Pomp continued, saying that if you separate XRP and Ripple, the latter’s ultimate goal is to build better software for banks. He called Ripple’s mission a “no-brainer,” “venture capital bet” and admitted to being jealous of missing out on investing in Ripple’s seed round. 

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