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Robinhood’s Crypto Lead Christine Brown to Start Her Own Crypto Venture

The company’s COO made a heartfelt Twitter thread thanking the company for her time there, and has confirmed she’s moving onto something bigger and better.

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The COO of Robinhood Christine Brown is officially leaving the company. She was a top executive within the Stock’s trading app’s crypto subsidiary.

Taking to Twitter, she took the time to thank the company for the time she spent there in a thread. Brown has also confirmed that she will now start her own crypto venture.

“I joined [Robinhood] when it was under 100 people—before we even offered a crypto product,” she said in a tweet. “Watching us grow through IPO and serving more than 22m users has been the greatest professional experience of my life.”

Brown’s been with the company since 2017 and had made a transition from VP of Product Operations to Crypto COO in April 2021, making her the company’s first.

Her tenure has been defined by the pursuit of a dedicated crypto wallet. Users of Robinhood can buy and sell a total of 7 different types of cryptocurrencies, though they cannot send them to a private wallet. The cryptocurrencies that people can buy and sell are Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin SV, Dogecoin, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, and Litecoin, respectively. The company holds users’ crypto for them, which renders them unable to port it elsewhere for, let’s say, trading on decentralized exchanges or buying NFTs.

A beta release for the wallet was announced back in January 2022, which currently states that it has 250,000 wallet users.

Robinhood COO Gretchen Howard made a statement saying, “We’re so grateful to Christine for her contributions to Robinhood over the past five years – from leading our self-clearing initiative to scaling the Robinhood Crypto team. We’re excited to follow her entrepreneurial journey going forward.”


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