It’s time to debunk the myth that crypto has no fundamentals.

Key takeaways

  • Decentralised Finance (DeFi) is a class of applications built on top of the blockchain that extends the concept of cryptocurrencies (i.e. decentralised money) to the rest of the financial services stack, providing an open-source, decentralised alternative to conventional financial services
  • DeFi protocols are two-sided markets-parties on one side of the…

Coinbase valuation and investment thesis.

Key takeaways (spoiler alert)

  • Based on the results of my valuation model (and reserving some allowance for modelling uncertainty), Coinbase shares appear to be priced at or below fair value as of the writing of this article.
  • The current share price of Coinbase reflects only the value of its existing transaction and custody /…

The build-up of Coinbase’s revenues, its key drivers and the cost structure of the business.

Key takeaways

  • Substantially all (96%) of Coinbase’s revenues are earned from transaction fees
  • Of this, retail transactions comprise a relatively small proportion (38%) of trading volume but a disproportionately large proportion (95%) of transaction revenues
  • Retail transactions are more reactive to asset price volatility than institutional transactions, and are driven by the…


The company’s mission, the problem it solves, its competitive position, and the key risks to Coinbase’s business.

Key takeaways

  • Coinbase’s mission is to become the most trusted and easy-to-use provider of financial services in the cryptoeconomy.
  • Coinbase removes friction in two ways, by abstracting away the technical complexity of interacting with the blockchain (simplifying use) and acting as a trusted intermediary (providing trust).
  • Coinbase has built a strong reputation…


Big Tech’s foray into financial services has significant potential for innovation and disruption. Yet, without proper regulation, it may create material risks for fair competition and financial stability.

In the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis of ’08, FinTech startups took the financial services industry by storm. More agile and technologically advanced than their incumbent counterparts, these companies accelerated the digitisation and unbundling of financial services, spurring innovation by competing and collaborating with banks.

The next wave of…


Panic buying, face masks and other irrational ways we have behaved in this crisis—why we do it and what we can do about it.

Panic buying was a widespread phenomenon observed of buyers at the start of the COVID-19 crisis. With food supplies and household products being in particular demand (toilet paper sales skyrocketed by a shocking 700% between February and March!), …


Resilience and agility are crucial for navigating crises. Startups are best placed to adapt and innovate, but also most at risk.

Photo by @anniespratt hosted on Unsplash.

As lockdowns ease and early signs of an uptick in infection rates spark fears of a resurgence in the coronavirus, the current crisis continues to disrupt startups and the wider entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Startups have been among the hardest hit businesses

Startups and entrepreneurial ecosystems, valued at $2.8 trillion and growing at over 10% per year, are a vital…

Park Yeung

Hobbyist writer covering fintech, entrepreneurship, and other topics. Financial analyst, economist and MBA candidate. Published by the Startup.

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