BitGo

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BitGo
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HeadquartersPalo Alto, CA
Key peopleCEO & Co-founder, Mike Belshe CTO, Benedict Chan
ServicesBitcoin / Blockchain Security Platform API's / Custodial Services / Settlement Services
Websitehttps://www.bitgo.com
Launched2013; 6 years ago (2013)

BitGo is a digital asset trust company and security company,[1][2] headquartered in Palo Alto, California. It was founded in 2013 by Mike Belshe and Ben Davenport.

The company offers a multisignature bitcoin wallet service, where keys are divided among a number of owners to manage risk. Generally, BitGo wallets have three keys: one held by BitGo, and two held by the wallet's owner.[3][4] Wallets can be configured in both hot and cold configurations[5], as well as non-custodial and custodial configurations.

History[edit]

In June 2014 the company received US$12 million in venture capital funding led by Redpoint Ventures.[6]

In January 2015 BitGo announced the general availability of their Platform API. The following month the company bought an insurance policy from XL Catlin against theft from its wallets.[7]

In June 2015 the company launched the Verified by BitGo program, a "proof of reserve" service for bitcoin companies.[8]

On August 2, 2016, Bitfinex, a digital currency exchange using BitGo software, announced it had suffered a security breach[9]. BitGo was not itself hacked, but processed withdrawal requests from the hacker, who had obtained access to Bitfinex's keys.[10]

In September 2018, BitGo was approved by the South Dakota Division of Banking to act as a qualified custodian for digital assets and created BitGo Trust Company.[11]

In October, 2018, the company raised US$15 million in venture capital funding from Goldman Sachs and Mike Novogratz's Galaxy Digital.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ KING 5 News (January 20, 2014). "Seattle entrepreneur mines Bitcoin phenomenon". KING-TV.
  2. ^ Robert McMillan (April 9, 2014). "A Hack That Makes Bitcoins a Whole Lot Harder to Steal". Wired.
  3. ^ Michael J. Casey (June 16, 2014). "Bitcoin Security Startup BitGo Gets More Funds; Ex-Verisign CEO Joins Team". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 20 Oct 2018.(subscription required)
  4. ^ Kim-Mai Cutler (June 16, 2014). "BitGo Raises $12M Led By Redpoint For Multi-Signature Bitcoin Wallets, Services". TechCrunch. AOL. Retrieved 20 Oct 2018.
  5. ^ "Crypto Startup Offers Insurance Against Quadriga Wallet Dilemma". 2019-06-11. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  6. ^ Dara Kerr (June 16, 2014). "Bitcoin security platform BitGo raises $12M in funding". CNET. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 20 Oct 2018.
  7. ^ Michael J. Casey and Paul Vigna (February 25, 2015). "BitBeat: BitGo Adds Comprehensive Insurance to Its Services". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 20 Oct 2018.(subscription required)
  8. ^ Laura Shin (June 30, 2015). "BitGo Launches Verisign-Like Certificate To Prove Solvency For Bitcoin Companies". Forbes. Retrieved 20 Oct 2018.
  9. ^ "Bitcoin worth $72 million stolen from Bitfinex exchange in Hong Kong". Reuters. 2016-08-03. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  10. ^ Ho, Victoria. "Prominent Bitcoin exchange hacked wiping $65 million from wallets". Mashable. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  11. ^ Kate Rooney (13 Sep 2018). "Companies race to solve bitcoin's security problem despite slumping prices". CNBC. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Goldman Wades Deeper in Crypto, Betting on BitGo With Billionaire Mike Novogratz". 2019-06-11. Retrieved 2019-06-12.

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