Presentation: Unifying Banks & Blockchains @Coinbase

Track: Architectures You've Always Wondered About

Location: Broadway Ballroom North Center, 6th fl.

Duration: 11:50am - 12:40pm

Day of week: Tuesday

Level: Advanced

Persona: Architect, CTO/CIO/Leadership


With over 6 million users across 33 countries, Coinbase is an industry leader building the bridge between traditional finance and the blockchain space. Our goal at Coinbase is to provide simple and secure exchange services to users worldwide for blockchain-based digital assets. The networks that power these digital currencies are complex and significantly different from traditional banking integrations. In this presentation, I provide an overview of blockchain protocols and discuss how our unified architecture for payment services abstracts away integration-specific logic from core transaction processing. We will dive into the details of Coinbase’s Bitcoin, Ethereum, and US banking integrations and compare how they implement the generalized service interface.

Speaker: Jim Posen

Tech Lead @Coinbase

Jim Posen is a tech lead at Coinbase and has spent his time there architecting and building many of its core backend services. He has worked on a variety of systems including the data pipelines, compliance and fraud controls, and most recently has been rebuilding the payments infrastructure to support integrations with new blockchains and global banking partners. Before joining Coinbase, Jim attended Duke University where he built and ran the university news organization's online platform. Jim is a strong believer in the power of blockchain technology to make payments fast, cheap, and frictionless and enjoys following the innovative new developments in the space.

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