Updated Jan 26, 2024 at 7:17 p.m. UTC (previously is a company that offers an array of cryptocurrency products.

The Luxembourg-headquartered company offers wallets (both online and hardware), a bitcoin block explorer, a crypto exchange, an "institutional portal" and market information on various cryptocurrencies.

Founded in 2011 by Peter Smith and Nicolas Cary, Blockchain claims to have provided over 49 million wallets (as of June 2020).

The company has conducted multiple funding rounds with significant investors including Virgin Group’s Richard Branson and Google’s venture capital arm, GV.

The company experienced a security breach in August 2013 when 50 BTC (worth roughly $4,800 at the time) were stolen from wallets. Blockchain refunded its users’ lost funds.

Blockchain's trading venue launched in July 2019. In March 2020, the wallet and exchange provider began letting users borrow against their holdings.

This article was originally published on Jun 5, 2020 at 8:52 p.m. UTC


Please note that our privacy policy, terms of use, cookies, and do not sell my personal information has been updated.

CoinDesk is an award-winning media outlet that covers the cryptocurrency industry. Its journalists abide by a strict set of editorial policies. In November 2023, CoinDesk was acquired by the Bullish group, owner of Bullish, a regulated, digital assets exchange. The Bullish group is majority-owned by; both companies have interests in a variety of blockchain and digital asset businesses and significant holdings of digital assets, including bitcoin. CoinDesk operates as an independent subsidiary with an editorial committee to protect journalistic independence. CoinDesk offers all employees above a certain salary threshold, including journalists, stock options in the Bullish group as part of their compensation.

Learn more about Consensus 2024, CoinDesk's longest-running and most influential event that brings together all sides of crypto, blockchain and Web3. Head to to register and buy your pass now.