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Headquarters New York, NY, U.S.
Area served Worldwide
Industry Digital Currency
Employees 15+
Launched May 2013; 5 years ago (2013-05)

CoinDesk is a news site specializing in bitcoin and digital currencies. The site was founded by Shakil Khan and was subsequently acquired by Digital Currency Group.

History[edit | edit source]

CoinDesk began publishing in May 2013, and was founded by serial entrepreneur Shakil Khan.[1] Khan is also an investor in BitPay,[2] a bitcoin payment processor. In September 2013, Jon Matonis, former executive director of the Bitcoin Foundation, joined CoinDesk as a contributing editor.[3] CoinDesk also provides guides to bitcoin for those new to digital currencies.[4] In January 2016, CoinDesk was acquired by Digital Currency Group for an estimated amount of US$500K-600K.[5] In January 2017, the company acquired Lawnmower, a blockchain data and research platform.[6]

Bitcoin Price Index[edit | edit source]

The CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index (CoinDesk BPI) was launched in September 2013.[7] The Bitcoin Price Index is an average of bitcoin prices across bitcoin exchanges, and began by using price data from Bitstamp, BTC-e and CampBX. Although Mt. Gox data was not used initially, due to withdrawal concerns for US customers,[8] in November 2013, Mt. Gox was added to the BPI due to "a reduction in the risk premium and the option of additional deposit/withdrawal methods".[9] The Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange was eventually removed from the index in February 2014 after its "persistent failure to meet the index's standards for inclusion".[10]

The index was restored to an average of three exchanges in March 2014 with the inclusion of Bitfinex price data, according to CoinDesk: "Since the decline of Mt. Gox, we have observed that Bitfinex has been able to sustain a dramatic increase in its share of the total volume of U.S. dollar-denominated bitcoins traded".[11]Template:Update after

Publications which have referenced the Bitcoin Price Index data or price include the BBC,[12] WSJ,[13] Reuters,[14] NY Times,[15] CNBC[16] and Bloomberg.[17]

CoinDesk BPI change log[18][edit | edit source]

  1. 20th Sep 2013 12:00:00 UTC: A criterion was added specifying that exchange daily trading volumes must meet minimum acceptable levels as determined by CoinDesk.
  2. 4th Nov 2013 12:00:00 UTC: The minimum acceptable volume criterion was amended so that each exchange must represent at least 2% of the total 30-day cumulative volume for all exchanges in the BPI.
  3. 7th Nov 2013 00:00:00 UTC: CampBX was removed from the BPI due to sustained diminishing volume and a lack of regular 24-hour trading activity.
  4. 28th Nov 2013 12:00:00 UTC: Mt. Gox was added to the BPI due to a reduction in the risk premium and the option of additional deposit/withdrawal methods.
  5. 10th Feb 2014 15:30:00 UTC: The sixth criterion for inclusion in the BPI was amended to include the option for bitcoin transfers to be completed within seven days in place of fiat transfers.
  6. 10th Feb 2014 16:00:00 UTC: Mt. Gox was removed from the BPI for failing to meet its criteria.
  7. 13th Mar 2014 16:00:00 UTC: Bitfinex was added to the BPI.
  8. 26th Mar 2014 23:00:00 UTC: New standalone China Bitcoin Price Index created based on the price and volume of bitcoins exchanged for Chinese yuan (CNY); two exchanges included at launch (BTC China and OKCoin).
  9. 30th Mar 2014 00:00:00 UTC: End-of-day open, high, low and closing BPI is now based on Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) time. The BPI does not adjust to follow British Standard Time.
  10. 30th Jun 2014 15:00:00 UTC: LakeBTC and Huobi were added to the USD and CNY BPIs respectively.
  11. 31st Oct 2014 15:00:00 UTC: LakeBTC was suspended from the BPI for 30 days.

State of Bitcoin report[edit | edit source]

In February 2014, CoinDesk released its first 'State of Bitcoin' report. The aim of the report is "to provide an overview of key cryptocurrency trends, challenges, and opportunities, while also highlighting the most important developments over the last year”.[19] A follow-up report in Q2 2014 highlighted that venture capital investment in bitcoin companies was up 28 percent compared to the previous quarter,[20] and that VC investment was pouring into European Bitcoin startups.[21]

iPhone App[edit | edit source]

In April 2014, CoinDesk released an iOS app.[22] The app includes news stories and editorials, as well as its 'Bitcoin Price Index'.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Cutler, Kim-Mai (May 1, 2013). "Angel Investor, Spotify Fixer Shakil Khan Launches Coindesk, A Bitcoin Resource". TechCrunch. 
  2. Olanoff, Drew (Jan 7, 2013). "BitPay Banks $510K In Investment To Become PayPal for Bitcoin, Already Has 2,100 Businesses On Board". TechCrunch. 
  3. Bradbury, Danny (September 9, 2013). "Jon Matonis joins the CoinDesk team". CoinDesk. 
  4. Summers, Nick (August 21, 2013). "Baffled by the world of Bitcoin? This beginner's guide will tell you everything you need to know". The Next Web. 
  5. Matney, Lucas (13 January 2016). "CoinDesk Gets Acquired By Digital Currency Group". TechCrunch. Retrieved 26 April 2018. 
  6. Roberts, Daniel (January 30, 2017). "The biggest bitcoin news site bought the best bitcoin data app". Yahoo! Finance. 
  7. Del Rey, Jason (September 11, 2013). "What's a Bitcoin Really Worth? CoinDesk Thinks It Has the Answer". All Things D. 
  8. Matonis, Jon (September 11, 2013). "CoinDesk launches proprietary Bitcoin Price Index". CoinDesk. 
  9. "About the Bitcoin Price Index". CoinDesk. CoinDesk. 
  10. Forgione, Sam (Feb 11, 2014). "Bitcoin plunges after marketplace indefinitely halts withdrawals". Reuters. Reuters. 
  11. Casey, Michael J.; Vigna, Paul (Mar 12, 2014). "BitBeat: Coindesk Index Finds a Mt. Gox Replacement". Wall Street Journal. 
  12. "Bitcoin price falls to 11-month low". BBC. Oct 6, 2014. 
  13. Vigna, Paul; J. Casey, Michael (Sep 19, 2014). "BitBeat: More Pain For Bitcoin Prices; Are Chinese Miners To Blame?". Wall Street Journal. 
  14. Forgione, Sam (Feb 11, 2014). "Bitcoin plunges after marketplace indefinitely halts withdrawals". Reuters. Reuters. 
  15. Ember, Sydney (July 1, 2014). "Single Winner of All Bitcoins in U.S. Auction". New York Times. 
  16. Rosenfield, Everett (Aug 13, 2014). "Bitcoin gets bit by a summertime swoon". CNBC. 
  17. Dougherty, Carter (Feb 7, 2014). "Bitcoin Price Plunges as Mt. Gox Exchange Halts Activity". Bloomberg. 
  18. Dougherty, Carter (Sep 20, 2013). "About the Bitcoin Price Index". Coindesk. 
  19. Del Rey, Jason (Feb 27, 2014). "(Almost) Everything You Want to Know About Bitcoin, in One Report". Re/Code. 
  20. Carson, Biz (July 11, 2014). "This week in bitcoin: VC investment is up and shows no signs of stopping after Xapo". Gigaom. 
  21. Wile, Rob (July 11, 2014). "Investors Are Plowing Into European Bitcoin Firms Faster Than Any Other Region In The World". Business Insider. 
  22. Russell, Jon (April 30, 2014). "Keep up with Bitcoin news and get price alerts with CoinDesk's new iOS app". The Next Web. 

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