Coinbase Acquires Earn.com For Estimated $100 Million

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Coinbase has acquired Earn.com, a website that lets users get paid in  cryptocurrency for answering emails and completing tasks. The Earn  startup team joins the company and the founder will serve as its first  CTO, as part of the deal, CNBC reported

Coinbase announced yesterday that it acquired Earn.com (formerly known  as 21 Inc). The service allows senders to pay users in cryptocurrency to  reply to emails and complete tasks.

  “We’re going to be doubling down on the Earn business within Coinbase,  as they have built a paid email product that is arguably one of the  earliest practical blockchain applications to achieve meaningful  traction,” Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong said. 

As part of the acquisition, Earn’s co-founder and CEO, Balaji  Srinivasan, will join Coinbase as the company’s first Chief Technology  Officer (CTO). Armstrong added that: 

“As CTO of Coinbase, Balaji will serve an important role as the  technological evangelist for the company. Balaji will evangelize for  both crypto and for Coinbase, educating the world and recruiting  crypto-first talent to the company.” 

The companies did not reveal the financial details of the deal but it is  estimated that it cost above $100 million. This is considerably lower  than previous valuations for Earn and caused a push-back from investors,  according to Silicon Valley media recode. 

Earn explained today to its users that it is not ”going down” or  drastically changing just yet. In fact, they promised that the product  is only going to get “bigger and better” as a consequence of this deal.  The company reports that hundreds of thousands of users have earned  digital currency with Earn so far, earning millions of dollars. 

The team wrote today that “everything will continue as before in the  short term, with one exception: we’ve put our token launch on the back  burner and will instead focus on integrating with Coinbase’s  infrastructure and scaling up our service. You might be able to guess  what this will enable, but stay tuned anyway as you might be surprised!” 

In another move for Coinbase earlier this year in February, the company launched a new Commerce service self-titled Coinbase Commerce  to help online stores handle payments in four leading cryptocurrencies –  BTC, ETH, Bitcoin Cash, and LTC. Further, partnering with merchant  service Shopify to enable Shopify’s customers to use cryptocurrency. 

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong has previously expressed  with another project Toshi he is a developer of that he wants to help  uplift people out of poverty by giving them the following tools using a  smartphone + Ethereum + dapps he said it offers an unprecedented  opportunity to bring economic freedom.

Now Earn.com can be added to that arsenal to bring the world unprecedented economic freedom. 

Bitcoin is currently trading at [FIAT: $8,095.84] according to Coin Market Cap at the time of this report. 

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Interesting - have you ever used Earn.com before? I may have to check it out... can't argue with free BTC.

Getting paid to use the internet is the wave of the future.

I'm curious if anyone here has used earn.com? Is it worth it, time wise, or is it like Amazon Turk, where you get paid pennies an hour?