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Logo for ShapeShift company page.png
Type of site
Headquarters Switzerland
Area served Worldwide
Industry Digital Currency
Alexa rank Decrease 39,137 (May 2018)[1]
Launched 2013; 5 years ago (2013)
Native client(s) on iOS and Android

ShapeShift is a company that offers global trading of a variety of digital assets via web and mobile platforms.

The company does not collect personal data on its customers and exchanges one cryptocurrency for another without ever collecting customer funds into company accounts,[2] which is unique among digital currency trading companies.[3]

If an exchange fails (by fault of user or company) and the user does not make a refund claim within 90 days, the company will keep all assets.[4]


The company was founded in 2013 in Switzerland. In March 2015, it received a US$525,000 seed-stage investment by Roger Ver and Barry Silbert.[5] Additional funding totaling US$1.6 million had been provided by September 2015, from investors in a second funding round including Digital Currency Group, Bitfinex, Bitcoin Capital and Mardal Investments.[3][6][7] In March 2017, ShapeShift has raised $10.4 mln in a series A round led by European venture capital firm Earlybird.[8]

ShapeShift released initially on the iOS platform in June 2015, initially allowing users to swap 25 digital currencies and value tokens.[9] As of September 2015, there were over 40 different digital currencies available for trade, providing "940 trading pairs, ... greater than any single exchange on the market."[3]

On 11 June 2015, ShapeShift "cut off service to New York in response to the state’s new regulatory policy for digital currency businesses, ... BitLicense," which was released in June with the final regulations approved in August.[10][11][12] The company stated that if they had complied with the New York BitLicense regulations, then significant personal and private data would also have been in the hands of the hacker.[2]

Since March till April 2016 Shapeshift experienced a total of 3 attacks which resulted in 469 BTC, 1900 LTC and 5800 ETH stolen from their hot wallets. As a result, the Shapeshift team put offline till April 20 to rebuild Shapeshift’s infrastructure with enhanced security protocols.[13]

In October 2016, ShapeShift's privacy policy stirred controversy when it was revealed that, although the company "requests as little information as possible in order to enable blockchain asset exchange. To exchange cryptocurrencies with ShapeShift you do not need to give them any personal data like your name, your location or your email address. You just send funds to a specific address which serves as both an order and a receipt." However, the company has also said that "all the information we do have, as a platform, we make transparent. We do not obscure any information." Thus, given reasonable requests, for information whether from "law enforcement agencies or private [parties]", the company provides the information it does have.[14] In October 2017, ShapeShift partnered with Civic to deliver a secure user access experience for Prism platform users.[15]


  1. ^ " Traffic, Demographics and Competitors". Alexa Internet. Retrieved May 8, 2018. 
  2. ^ a b Torpey, Kyle (2016-05-18). "Erik Voorhees: Complying With BitLicense Would Have Made ShapeShift Hack Much Worse". Bitcoin Magazine. Retrieved 2016-06-29. 
  3. ^ a b c Donnelly, Jacob (2016-09-09). "Instant Cryptocurrency Exchange ShapeShift Raises $1.6 Million". Bitcoin Magazine. Retrieved 2016-06-29. What makes ShapeShift unique is that exchanges are instantaneous and require no personal information. Further, ShapeShift doesn’t actually hold any of the currencies; it simply facilitates the trade from one coin to the other. 
  4. ^ "Terms and Conditions" (PDF). ShapeShift. Retrieved 2017-12-23. 
  5. ^ Caffyn, Grace (2015-03-10). "ShapeShift Raises $525k, Reveals Erik Voorhees as Creator". CoinDesk. Retrieved 2016-06-28. 
  6. ^ Biggs, John (September 8, 2015). "ShapeShift, A Cool Cryptocurrency Converter, Clinches $1.6 Million In Cash". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2017-11-20. 
  7. ^ Wilhelm, Alex (September 17, 2015). "This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Million-Dollar Electric Bill". TechCrunch. Retrieved May 8, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Crypto Exchange Shapeshift Raises $10.4 Million Amid Rising Altcoins Popularity". Cointelegraph. 30 March 2017. 
  9. ^ Vinton, Kate (2015-06-09). "ShapeShift Founder Erik Voorhees Launches First iOS Cryptocurrency Trading App". Forbes. Retrieved 2016-06-28. 
  10. ^ Roberts, Daniel (2015-06-11). "Bitcoin company ditches New York, blaming new regulations". Fortune. Retrieved 2016-06-28. 
  11. ^ Roberts, Daniel (2015-08-14). "Behind the "exodus" of bitcoin startups from New York". Fortune. Retrieved 2016-06-28. 
  12. ^ Rosenfeld, Everett (2015-06-11). "Company leaves New York, protesting 'BitLicense'". CNBC. Retrieved 2016-06-29. 
  13. ^ Leung, Angus (April 19, 2016). "Shapeshift Rebuilds After Losing $230,000, Promised to Be Back Wednesday". Cointelegraph. Retrieved May 8, 2018. 
  14. ^ Bergmann, Christoph (October 28, 2016). "Search for Ethereum Attacker Reveals ShapeShift's Privacy Policy". Retrieved May 8, 2018. 
  15. ^ "ShapeShift partners with blockchain startup Civic to enhance Prism's security". EconoTimes. October 2, 2017. Retrieved 2017-10-19.