Asif Hirji is leaving Coinbase. Known as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the company, Hirji has decided to leave the company.
When Hirji entered the company, cryptos were peaking and the roller coaster started soon after he started his role. Under his guidance, Coinbase made a bigger push into international markets and started to also be nearer institutional investors at this time. Also during his time in the position, Emilie Choi was defined as the vice president of the company.
Brian Armstrong, the CEO and founder of Coinbase, the experience of Hirji was very important for the company, as he helped to guide it through a very important chapter of the company’s story. He said that the executive entered the company at a very important time and that he was critical in order to help with growth.
“His experience and mentorship helped guide Coinbase through an important chapter in its history,” Brian Armstrong, Coinbase co-founder and chief executive officer, said in the statement. “He joined at a critical time when both the company and crypto space were going through rapid growth, bringing his extensive experience to bear when it was most necessary.”
The official announcement of the departure happened today, May 31, and it seems that the last day in which Hirji was still in the company was yesterday.
Hirji also talked about leaving the company on his social media profile. He affirmed that the “tour of duty” was over as he helped to scale the company to the value of $1 billion USD in value, launched several new assets and helped the company to achieve the valuation of $8 billion USD.
@coinbase tour of duty over. Scaled to over $1b in revenue; launched new assets, countries, and products; achieved $8b valuation; and built out team. Company in far better place and ready for next chapter. Cheering on @brian_armstrong and the rest of the team.
— Asiff Hirji (@AsiffHirji) May 31, 2019
Others Are Leaving Coinbase As Well
Coinbase seems to be during a renovation time. Not only Hirji left recently, but also other important executives in the company. The former Chief Technology Officer Balaji Srinivasan, for instance, was a big leader that left the company recently. Others include Adam White, Dan Romero and Christine Sandler.
While Coinbase argues that its business is continuing to grow fast, there are already some concerns about the future of the company, especially considering that many key executives are currently leaving it.
However, do not panic if you are interested in seeing Coinbase survive. Choi was one of the first people hired by Hirji and she seems to be doing a good job, looking closely at new partnerships together with the CEO, so the legacy started by Hirji may continue to be present in the company even after him and other people left.
Emilie Choi started her Silicon Valley career at Yahoo! and then she worked on both Flickr, LinkedIn and Aliababa before going to Coinbase, where she is now.
Some changes which are happening in the company right now are that it has undergone a process of de-emphasizing the focus on institutional investors and also has axed a project that was focused on high-frequency traders as well.
The areas in which the company grew the most were Coinbase Custody and over the counter (OTC) trading, according to reports from the CEO Brian Armstrong. The OTC desk, for instance, grew 100% in a single quarter.
At the time of this report, Coinbase employs a total of 800 people.