Bitcoin’s Blue Chip

On Mar 18, 2013, a supervision forsaken a bombshell on Coinbase, a two-man San Francisco startup that had captivated 30,000 users to a cloud-based “wallet” use for buying, storing and spending bitcoins.

That day a U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) expelled “interpretive guidance” saying that those administering or exchanging practical currencies such as bitcoin should be deliberate “money transmitters,” theme to state licensing, sovereign registration and Bank Secrecy Act manners designed to assistance a feds expose income laundering, taxation rascal and other crimes.

Coinbase boss Fred Ehrsam immediately called a company’s lawyer. “He said, ‘It’s [only] guidance, and we guys are small, and it’s going to be a pain in a boundary to comply. It’s going to take a lot of your time and income to do it,’ ” Ehrsam recalls. “ So his recommendation to me was to try to make a good evidence as to because it [registration] didn’t request to us and equivocate it for a time being.”

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong (Christian Peacock for Forbes)

But that night Ehrsam and Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong had a come-to-Jesus discussion. They concluded that trimming registration was wrong for their brand. While dear by tech-savvy libertarians, bitcoin had



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