Coinbase Acquires, Welcomes New Staff

Aug 18th, 2014

As Coinbase continues to grow, we’re always keeping an eye out for other companies and individuals making waves in digital currency and helping make bitcoin easy to use. One such company is, a popular block explorer service that caught our eye earlier this year with its sleek, intuitive design and API. parses the bitcoin blockchain and presents the data to users in an easy to read way.

Today, we’re excited to announce that Coinbase has acquired  As part of the acquisition, we’re able to welcome two of its exceptionally talented employees to the Coinbase team: software engineer Sašo Matejina and designer Samo Drole. The pair recently moved from Slovenia to join our staff of 40 full-time employees here in San Francisco.  Saso and Samo will be focused on continuing to make the Coinbase API the premier tool for developers who want to build on top of bitcoin.  They’ll also work on building out Coinbase’s own bitcoin node.

image will continue to operate as usual for now as Sašo and Samo transition to their work at Coinbase.

We’re excited to have them join the team!


Sašo is a co-founder of blockchain explorer. Before joining Coinbase, he worked on automated functional and regression testing for banking software and developed news publishing platforms for Slovenian media. He is a cryptocurrency enthusiast and enjoys building products that make your life easier.


Samo is digital coin enthusiast, who founded blockchain explorer and worked as a freelance designer prior joining Coinbase. He is passionate about biking and cartoons.

Merchant Highlights: Xsolla, Terminal, and Demand Food

Aug 15th, 2014


Xsolla, a cross-platform payment and billing solution for gaming companies, is now using Coinbase to accept bitcoin payments for Twitch Turbo. Although Bitcoin does not support recurring payments at the protocol level, merchants like Xsolla can use the Coinbase API to enable recurring payments. We’re glad to see Xsolla allowing users to make bitcoin payments on gaming platforms like Twitch, and look forward to seeing payments innovation in gaming in the future.


Terminal is a flexible cloud-computing platform with a mission to give simple, affordable computing to everyone in the world. By accepting bitcoin, Terminal is able to provide cloud-computing access to anyone in the world with an Internet connection. We are excited to offer the Bitcoin community the opportunity to purchase Terminal’s hosting services for a 5% discount for a limited time.


Demand Food is an on-demand food delivery service based in Austin, TX. The service offers $9.99 meals that can now be paid for in two clicks using Coinbase. The convenience and speed of bitcoin payments makes bitcoin a great fit for on-demand services like Demand Food. We’d love to hear from more on-demand services interested in using our API:

Wikimedia Foundation Receives More Than $140,000 in Bitcoin Donations in First Week

Aug 7th, 2014

Since it was founded in 2001, Wikipedia has provided tremendous value to the world by making it easy and free for anyone with an Internet connection to consume information. We were particularly excited to enable the Wikimedia Foundation to accept bitcoin donations because we feel that the decentralized, inclusive nature of Wikipedia is well aligned with Bitcoin and we wanted to help the Bitcoin community contribute to the democratization of information.

Today, we are thrilled to announce that in the first week of accepting bitcoin, the Wikimedia Foundation has received over $140,000 in bitcoin donations.

Wikipedia is run by a non-profit organization and has been able to operate ad-free because of the generosity of donors from across the world.  For donors worldwide, bitcoin is a convenient donation method that ensures 100% of donated funds go to the cause. Donors can also enjoy significant tax benefits by donating bitcoin. As inspiring non-profits such as the Wikimedia Foundation continue to adopt bitcoin as a payment method, we look forward to seeing you and the community show strong support as well.

Coinbase Offering Bitcoin Perk to 350,000+ AnyPerk Users

Aug 1st, 2014

Mainstream merchant adoption of bitcoin in the US is rapidly accelerating, but many consumers are still unaware of the convenience, security, and cost savings associated with bitcoin payments. At Coinbase, we are committed to helping both consumers and merchants unlock the efficiencies of the Bitcoin network. Today, we are excited to announce a partnership with, a company that provides employee perks to over 2,500 companies across the world including, Pinterest, Snapchat, Groupon, and Etsy.

If you are an AnyPerk user, you can claim $10 of free bitcoin by creating a Coinbase account with your AnyPerk email address, and linking a bank account. After claiming the funds, you can save it, spend it, or send it to a friend instantly anywhere in the world. 


Here are 10 ways to spend $10 of bitcoin:


1.) Buy a stress release ball from Overstock ($7.99) 

2.) Commission a caricature on Fiverr ($5)

3.) Donate to Wikipedia ($10)

4.) Buy a Batman keychain from Fancy ($8)

5.) Buy pizza at Domino’s via eGifter ($10)
6.) Buy a bundle of computer games and support the American Red Cross on Humble Bundle ($10)

7.) Donate to the political campaign of a US Congressman ($10)

8.) Learn about cryptography and donate to Khan Academy ($10)

9.) Buy a book at Barnes & Noble via eGifter ($10)

10.) Dedicate a song to a person in need on ($10)

Wikimedia Foundation Partners with Coinbase to Accept Bitcoin for Donations; Coinbase Now Offering 0% Processing Fees for Non-Profits

Jul 30th, 2014

We’re excited to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation is now accepting bitcoin donations and has chosen Coinbase as its preferred bitcoin payment processor. The Wikimedia Foundation is a non-profit organization that distributes free educational content and operates some of the largest collaboratively edited reference projects worldwide, including Wikipedia. Using Coinbase, the Wikimedia Foundation is able to instantly exchange bitcoin for U.S. dollars.

The Internet has made it easier for non-profits to operate by enabling them to increase geographic reach and reduce the overhead required to fundraise. Adding bitcoin as a donation option is a natural next step for non-profits because it eliminates one of the most significant costs remaining —payment processing fees. In response, we’re proud to announce zero processing fees for all registered non-profits accepting bitcoin through our merchant tools. This means that any non-profit accepting bitcoin through Coinbase will be able to instantly cash out their bitcoin donations for U.S. dollars and receive a daily bank transfer, free of charge.

Charitable giving is emerging as a major consumer use case for bitcoin. Bitcoin enables donors to give 100% of their funds to causes they care about, and the convenience of bitcoin has inspired donors to donate small amounts when they previously might not have donated at all. U.S. donors may also enjoy significant tax deductions based on their bitcoin-denominated donations. 

Following the Wikimedia Foundation’s lead, all registered 501(c) organizations are now eligible to receive free bitcoin payment processing using Coinbase. If you have questions about whether your organization qualifies, please contact

The Coinbase Vault Is Now Live To 100% Of Customers

Jul 25th, 2014

Introducing Coinbase Vault

Bitcoin wallets are great for day-to-day spending, but storing large amounts of bitcoin requires extra security. This is why we created Coinbase Vault.

How does it work?

  • Withdrawals are time delayed with notifications delivered to your phones and emails.
  • Optionally choose a group vault with multiple withdrawal approvers for increased security.
  • Up to 97% of bitcoin is stored entirely offline in geographically distributed safe deposit boxes and private safes.

How much does it cost?

The Coinbase Vault is 100% free and has no fees.

Merchant Highlights: Bongo International, Reelhouse and Mercury One

Jul 24th, 2014


Bongo International, a global ecommerce and logistics solutions provider, now enables its merchants to add bitcoin as a payment option within the Bongo Checkout solution. Bongo helps merchants handle the complexities associated with international ecommerce, such as currency fluctuations, fraud, and shipping. Bitcoin helps make frictionless cross-border payments possible and offers mersignificant benefits to merchants that want to expand their reach internationally. By integrating with Coinbase, Bongo has made international ecommerce even easier for its entire customer base, which includes leading brands like Allen Edmonds, Jelly Belly, and U.S. Auto Parts.


Reelhouse is an online video community that enables filmmakers to self-distribute content directly to viewers. By integrating with Coinbase, Reelhouse has enabled viewers to buy any film on the platform with bitcoin. Reelhouse is passing the savings it receives from bitcoin sales directly to the content creators on the site, allowing content creators to get up to 30% more of the sale when a consumer pays in bitcoin. Digital content payments are a great use case for bitcoin and we are excited to work with an innovative digital content company like Reelhouse.


Mercury One, the charity organization of radio host Glenn Beck, is now accepting bitcoin for donations. The mission statement of Mercury One is “to inspire, organize and mobilize individuals to improve the human condition physically, emotionally and spiritually with malice towards none and charity for all.” Mercury One is the latest non-profit in a rapidly growing list of non-profit organizations to adopt bitcoin as a payment method. Bitcoin is a natural fit for non-profits because of its low-cost, global, and transparent nature. Partners With Coinbase to Become the Largest Ecommerce Merchant to Accept Bitcoin

Jul 18th, 2014

Dell is now accepting bitcoin payments from consumers and small business shoppers across the U.S. for all items available on, including the Alienware line of products. To date, Dell is the largest ecommerce company to officially accept bitcoin, with nearly $60 billion in annual sales. Head over to to view this video guide on Dell’s bitcoin splash page and see the bitcoin payment process in action.


With the Coinbase integration, Dell is able to provide its customers with even more flexibility when it comes to payment options. Coinbase partnered closely with the Dell team to implement bitcoin payments on in just two weeks, and we look forward to continuing to support Dell in the coming weeks as they implement additional bitcoin features. For more information about this integration, visit the official blog here.

To celebrate this partnership, Dell will soon be offering a special Alienware promotion where customers can save 10% off a new Alienware system purchase (up to $150 limit) when checking out with bitcoin. Visit to learn more. Tops $1.5 Million in Bitcoin Sales, Offers Free Trip to London to a Lucky Member of the Bitcoin Community

Jul 17th, 2014

In November, began accepting bitcoin with Coinbase. decided to integrate after being introduced to the idea by an existing customer who wanted a more convenient and secure way to pay for flights. Today, we are excited to announce that has surpassed $1,500,000 in bitcoin sales for hotels and flights. Accepting bitcoin has connected to thousands of new customers from a loyal and rapidly growing bitcoin community and the results have significantly surpassed initial expectations. 


To show its appreciation for the Bitcoin community, is offering a free trip to London, including airfare and hotel, and a pass to the Inside Bitcoin Conference for one lucky person. Anyone who is interested should tweet @CheapAir and #LondonBTC and no more than 122 characters on why they would like to win the trip. will judge the entries on July 23rd, and the winner will be notified shortly after. For more information on the legal requirements to participate, please go here. Best of luck! 

Merchant Highlights: Sandman Hotel Group and yesbitcoin

Jul 16th, 2014


Consumer travel has become a major use case for bitcoin spending. Today, the Sandman Hotel Group which has 44 properties across Canada and the United Kingdom, announced that the company is now accepting bitcoin directly for hotel bookings. Sandman is owned by Northland Properties Corporation and operates under the brands Sandman Inns, Sandman Hotel & Suites, and Sandman Signature. 


yesbitcoin, a Bitcoin-focused, non-profit organization, is now using Coinbase to raise funds for its efforts to increase the understanding, acceptance and use of Bitcoin. Minnesota Senator Branden Petersen, Executive Director and Founder of yesbitcoin, is spearheading the effort. The organization will focus on driving understanding and acceptance of bitcoin as a mainstream consumer technology for everyday commerce.