Coinbase leadership recently moved to curb sociopolitical discourse within their company, mandating that the team should focus on the company’s mission rather than politics. Coinbase co-founder and CEO Brian Armstrong later held an all-hands meeting, billed as an “ask me anything” session, to discuss changes in company culture with his employees. Audio of this staff-wide meeting from Oct. 1 was subsequently leaked to media outlet Motherboard; the technology wing of Vice media.
“An internal all-hands meeting obtained by Motherboard shows Coinbase management was accused of ‘stunting internal discussion’ and that it forced employees to delete political Slack messages,” Motherboard wrote.
Armstrong conducted the online meeting to lay ground rules for Coinbase employees going forward, and invited staff to share their thoughts on the company’s shift in values.
On Sept. 27, Armstrong published a blog post which detailed how Coinbase would refocus its efforts back toward the company’s core mission amid a wild, hyper-political year. Under this new direction, the company