Ahead of its much-awaited initial public offering (IPO), Coinbase is onboarding veteran leaders from three tech giants to fill executive roles in its product, engineering, and design teams.

In a new blog post, Coinbase chief product officer Surojit Chatterjee welcomes the new appointees, a move which they hope could accelerate Coinbase’s mission to create more economic freedom and financial inclusion in the world.

“In order to scale our business and fulfill our vision of increasing economic freedom in the world, we need the ability to do more with our resources. That’s why we’re creating a new Platforms team across our Product and Engineering orgs, and have hired two exceptional leaders for this new team.”

The new appointment will see Shilpa Dhar as vice president of product. Prior to joining Coinbase, Shilpa was head of products at Paypal and Venmo, leading the expansion in mobile commerce initiatives, like using Paypal in-store via Android pay.


Joining Shilpa Dhar is Ravi Byakod as vice president of engineering. Byakod was head of commerce engineering at Adobe, overseeing the integration of various elements of the company’s commerce platform with other Adobe products. Byakod also held senior leadership positions at eBay, Google, and Flipkart.


“In leading the new Platforms team, Shilpa and Ravi will help us focus on creating strong, scalable, and compliant infrastructure that can keep up with the growing cryptoeconomy.”

Coinbase also welcomes Frank Yoo to head the research and design team. Bringing nearly twenty years of experience, Frank previously led global design and research in G Suite, Google, Lyft and Yahoo.

“His passion for taking the complex and making it simple and usable makes him a great fit to lead Design and Research at Coinbase.”

The San Francisco-based crypto giant, valued at $8 billion, says it continues to expand its range of products and invest in new talent to help cement its position as a global crypto trading and custody leader.

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