Coinbase is reportedly looking to set up office in New York

The United States’ largest cryptocurrency exchange, Coinbase, is reportedly setting up its first office in New York. The Nasdaq-listed cryptocurrency exchange has allegedly subleased 30,000 square feet from Steven Cohen’s investment firm Point72 at Related Companies’ 55 Hudson Yards in New York, the New York Post reports Sunday.

Citing sources from a real estate firm, the report notes that Coinbase’s upcoming NY office makes up a small chunk of Point72’s total 339,000 square feet at the tower. The report also notes that Hudson Yards area is mostly known for corporate, media, and law tenants but not technology companies.

“It’s a new brand of user not only for Related’s Hudson Yards but also for the entire far West Side area,” one market observer reportedly said.

The biggest crypto exchange in the United States, Coinbase became even more discussed this year after going public on Nasdaq in April. The firm is known for its no-headquarter stance officially announced by CEO and co-founder Brian Armstrong in February 2021. Last month, Coinbase was planning to shut down its office in San Francisco in 2022 as part of the company’s commitment to “being remote first.”

Armstrong stressed that the closure of Coinbase’s headquarters in the Golden Gate City will be an important step in ensuring that no office becomes an unofficial headquarters. “Instead, we will offer a network of smaller offices for our employees to work from if they choose to,” he said.

Coinbase’s position on being remote-first echoes a similar no-headquarters stance by competitor Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange. Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao said back in 2019 that office and headquarters are “old concepts like SMS and MMS.”

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