An exclusive Fireside Chat was organized on April 4th, 2022 with the CEO/ Co-Founder of Coinbase, Brian Armstrong at IIT Delhi. In conversation with him were Prof. Subhashis Banerjee and Prof. Subodh Sharma from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The dialogue mainly focused on the future of cryptocurrency, in India and other countries, it’s comparison with commodities like gold and the technology behind cryptocurrency.
Brian Armstrong co-founded Coinbase, that operates a cryptocurrency exchange platform in 2012. As of March 2021, Coinbase was the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the United States by trading volume. Armstrong self-funded and founded the scientific research site ResearchHub, modelled on the GitHub code repository, as a way of making research papers available to the public. He was named #1 on the Crypto Rich list by Forbes in 2021. In 2018, Armstrong was the first cryptocurrency executive to sign the Giving Pledge, when he pledged to give away the bulk of his wealth to philanthropic causes.