Coinbase has built the world's leading compliant cryptocurrency platform serving over 30 million accounts in more than 100 countries. With multiple successful products, and our vocal advocacy for blockchain technology, we have played a major part in mainstream awareness and adoption of cryptocurrency. We are proud to offer an entire suite of products that are helping build the cryptoeconomy, and increase economic freedom around the world.

There are a few things we look for across all hires we make at Coinbase, regardless of role or team. First, we assess whether a candidate demonstrates our values: Clear Communication, Positive Energy, Efficient Execution, and Continuous Learning. Second, we look for signals that a candidate will thrive in a culture like ours, where we default to trust, embrace feedback, disrupt ourselves, and expect sustained high performance because we play as a championship team. Finally, we seek people with the desire and capacity to build and share expertise in the frontier technologies of crypto and blockchain, in whatever way is most relevant to their role.

Read more about our values and culture here.

As the Director of our development platform, you are responsible for bootstrapping the ecosystem of third-party developers and services that will enable us to execute on our mission of an open financial system. Instead of focusing on the individual or institutional users, you fixate on developers and how to create an innovative, secure, and scalable platform to enable them. Consistent with the breadth of our vision, you have a broad challenge - everything from making trading algorithms easier to test and deploy for professional traders to making blockchain updates easier to respond to in the cloud to helping companies connect with our consumers through self service APIs is within your purview. You will partner with the entirety of Coinbase - all products, service teams, and disciplines - as you work to expose new and useful capabilities to developers. From developer portal design to API documentation to promoting our services on stage, you will wear many hats and spend much of your time meeting with, and learning from, our developers and customers.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Create, own, operate, and expand our public APIs and developer portal.
  • Market, advocate, and evangelize our developer platform and offerings; learn from developers and turn those learnings into actions by continuously improving our services, APIs, and architectures.
  • Adopt the most modern and up-to-date technology approaches, such as Serverless, and incorporate them into our platform to accelerate developer productivity.
  • Own and push our efforts to catalog APIs, create first-class services (many of which will also be public), and align both internal and external APIs and services with our business strategy.
  • Present API, SOA, and service strategy to the executive team. Collaborate with every team across disciplines throughout Coinbase to make our developer platform vision a reality.
  • Zealously advocate, through conferences, blogs, customer visits, and social media, for Coinbase, its developer offerings, and its platform vision.

What we look for in you:

  • Demonstrated ability to create and grow developer adoption (both individual and enterprise).
  • Demonstrated success at owning and optimizing adoption and usage KPIs and related business metrics.
  • Clear and crisp communicator. Able to successfully target audiences of 1 to 10,000 and from entry-level IC engineers to Board meetings. Fluid communicator of both aspirational vision and technically deep material, such as API specifications.
  • Steer and influence both with and without authority - you should be capable of leading organizations with dozens of members as well as project and product managing complex, cross-organizational outcomes without organizational ownership. Comfortable leading engineering, design, PM, documentation, and other disciplines, including hiring and developing them.
  • Demonstrated experience owning operations and incident response for enterprise-grade code.
  • Minimum of 12 years of level-appropriate professional experience in a GM, CEO, CTO, technical Director of Product, or similar role/roles.
  • 4 year Computer Science or equivalent degree.

Nice to haves:

  • Deep and broad crypto knowledge, such as blockchain technology, defi, emerging Layer 2 solutions, etc.
  • Knowledge of conventional financial systems and services, ideally from an implementation or product design perspective, such as broker/dealers, exchanges, quantitative analysis or high-frequency trading algorithms, margin and leverage, etc.
  • Experience successfully designing and launching an enterprise-grade service/API in the cloud, or equivalent experience creating, delivering, and operating multi-tenanted, distributed systems at scale.
  • Accomplished speaker with a public portfolio.
  • MBA or equivalent on-the-job experience.
  • Advanced degree (Master’s and/or PhD) in math, computer science, statistics, engineering, or similar disciplines.

Coinbase is committed to diversity in its workforce and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and to review all of our job postings to minimize biased language. Coinbase does not make hiring or employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sex, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, citizenship, or any other basis protected by applicable local, state or federal law. Coinbase will also consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records in a manner consistent with San Francisco’s Fair Chance Ordinance and similar local laws.