Blockchain.com CEO Peter Smith talks Dallas Cowboys sponsorship, IPO rumors

Founded back in 2011, Blockchain.com recently closed a Series D funding round in March at a valuation of $14 billion, making the crypto company both one of the longest-operating exchanges as well as one of the highest valued in the industry.

After spending effectively “zero” on marketing for over a decade, Blockchain.com recently announced a sponsorship deal with the Dallas Cowboys, becoming the first crypto company to ink a deal with an NFL team approved by the league.

In this episode of The Scoop, Peter Smith, CEO of Blockchain.com, discusses his company’s upcoming strategy, including IPO rumors and the rationale behind their Cowboys partnership.

As he explains during the interview, Smith wants “to work with the biggest and the best,” making the Cowboys the ideal choice for Blockchain.com’s first sports partnership:

“When you really study these marketing deals, you’re basically looking for who has the biggest fan base, the demographics of the fan base, and then the TV side of it,” Smith said. “We really wanted to work with them because of the fan base and the TV exposure.”

Blockchain.com was also in the news in April, when a Bloomberg report circulated suggesting the company is planning an IPO for some time this year. However, when asked about the report, Smith commented that it must have been “a slow news day at Bloomberg.”

While Smith believes Blockchain.com “will be a public company someday – and probably sooner than later,” he clarified: “We haven’t done anything in the last 60 days that’s different than what we’ve been doing for the last nine months preparing to someday be a public company.”

During this episode, Chaparro and Smith also discuss:

  • Blockchain.com’s NFT marketplace
  • ‘Crypto companies’ as a new category of business
  • IPO and the need for ‘crypto analysts’

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