Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is shutting down the Chicago office it opened a year ago, eliminating 30 engineering jobs.
Coinbase said a year on, it had made the difficult decision to consolidate the matching engine work being done in Chicago with similar work being done by its team in San Francisco.
A Coinbase spokesperson told CoinDesk:
Indeed, Coinbase Markets opened to some fanfare. A blog post by the company at the time stated that the Chicago office would provide "access to a large talent pool of engineers with deep exchange infrastructure experience" and "enable us to continue offering the most performant and reliable cryptocurrency exchange."
The executives leading the Chicago charge, product lead Paul Bauerschmidt (formerly of CME) and engineering head Derek Groothius (former chief software engineer at DRW) will also be leaving the company.
While the office is closing, a handful of employees in Chicago unassociated with the matching engine project will remain with Coinbase, the spokesperson said. In addition, Coinbase said it would look to relocate a small number of Chicago-based matching engine employees to San Francisco.
Flash in the pan
The move to wind down the Markets division is a reflection of what Coinbase sees as its highest priorities in courting institutional investors, areas such as crypto custody and over-the-counter (OTC) trading desks.
In terms of what has been built in Chicago, a Coinbase spokesperson confirmed that it will retain the intellectual property and that it may be integrated into the company's technology, concluding:
Coinbase office image via CoinDesk archives
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