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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Cryptocurrency company Coinbase posted $1.8 billion in revenue for Q1 2021—more than it brought in for all of 2020, ahead of its direct listing next week.

Why it matters: Coinbase's public listing is hotly anticipated and seen by insiders as an event that will bring validation to the industry.

  • Coinbase's business is highly dependent on bitcoin and the cryptocurrency market at large, so it's no surprise that CFO Alesia Haas greatly emphasized during a short presentation on Tuesday how the company manages its revenue and expenses.

What they're saying: "To state the obvious, our business is hard to forecast," Haas said during the scripted comments, adding that it's largely because it can't predict the prices of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

  • As such, the company forecasts multiple revenue and expense scenarios so it can be prepared. It also uses periods of high profits to build up its balance sheet and have reserves during so-called "crypto winters" when prices are down so it can continue investing in longer-term areas.
  • "We seek to roughly break even in terms of profitability over time," she added.

By the numbers:

  • Revenue: $1.8 billion revenue
  • Adjusted EBITDA: $1.1 billion
  • Net income: $730-800 million
  • Trading Volume: $335 billion
  • Verified users: 56 million
  • Monthly transacting users: 6.1 million

Go deeper: Coinbase's public debut brings crypto to Main Street

Go deeper

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Apr 6, 2021 - Sports

Sacramento Kings to offer bitcoin as salary option

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The Sacramento Kings will become the first major sports franchise to offer a bitcoin payment option to all players and staff, Coindesk reports.

The backdrop: Russell Okung made headlines in December for becoming the first NFL player to convert some of his salary into bitcoin.

Clubhouse teams up with Stripe for payments feature

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Clubhouse is rolling out the ability to send payments directly to other users, partnering with digital payment company Stripe to facilitate the feature.

Why it matters: Clubhouse has touted plans to help conversation hosts generate revenue on the app amid a growing push for creators of digital and social media content be better compensated. Hosts receiving money will get to keep the entire amount for now.

Why 401(k) rollovers are so annoying

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If you happened to change jobs recently, you may have tried to transfer your retirement account from your former employer into an Individual Retirement Account or your new employer's 401(k) plan. If so, you probably encountered a bureaucratic gantlet — and you're not alone.

Why it matters: Kludgey processes around retirement account transfers result in people losing track of their funds, giving up important tax advantages, or otherwise disadvantaging themselves and being less prepared for retirement.