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Coinbase IPO nears open, possibly in a couple of weeks

Coinbase IPO nears open, possibly in a couple of weeks

Popular crypto giant Coinbase is set to IPO, valuation is possible in the upcoming weeks as the company prepares for it’s direct IPO.

Amid the crypto boom, Coinbase founder Brian Armstrong is set for a hefty payday as his company speeds toward a direct stock listing. According to our calculations, his stock options could total a $3 billion windfall.

Considered a bellwether for the cryptocurrency industry, Coinbase’s public listing could give legitimacy to the movement. The company’s popularity amid a boom in cryptocurrencies has helped mint founder and CEO Brian Armstrong as one of the newest Silicon Valley ultra-rich.

Armstrong is set to reap a potential $3 billion windfall from the digital currency exchange’s direct listing as a trend of mega grants to tech founders continues full steam ahead, we calculated from company filings and news reports. His stake in the company is worth $15 billion, the news site estimates.

In 2020, Armstrong took home $56 million of stock option awards on top of a $1 million salary and another $1.8 million in reimbursement for legal and security fees, according to registration documents.

We believe the performance conditions associated with the 2020 CEO Performance Award are extremely rigorous and appropriately align Mr. Armstrong’s incentives with the interests of our stockholders

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Coinbase is set to hit public exchanges within weeks, when outside investors for the first time will value shares of the company. Luckily for Armstrong, the required price increases could be near: Axios reported in February that Coinbase sold several tranches of stock totaling 1.8 million shares, going for as high as $303 each – a nearly 1200% increase from the option strike price.

As traders await first trades, bitcoin has continued to spike higher. The world’s largest cryptocurrency surged as high as $57,000 last month before paring some of gains in recent weeks. A survey by Goldman Sachs found the bank’s clients to be largely optimistic about the currency’s future price, with 22% expecting it to double in the next year.