A long-awaited public offering of Coinbase Global Inc. appears near after the cryptocurrency trading platform filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday.

plans to list on the Nasdaq Inc. exchange
under the ticker symbol “COIN,” with the aim of employing a nontraditional direct listing to take itself public. This method means it won’t raise any new money, similar to approaches used by Palantir Technologies
Slack Technologies
and Spotify Technology
in recent years.

Here’s what to know about the popular trading platform ahead of its public offering.

What is Coinbase?

The Silicon Valley crypto exchange was co-founded in 2012 by Brian Armstrong, 38, who runs the platform chief executive. Fred Ehrsam, a Coinbase director, also helped to create the company.

There are two class of Coinbase shares….

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