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As Coinbase mulls a public offering, those who worked with its controversial CEO Brian Armstrong detail his communication quirks that led to an employee exodus

The star Pinterest engineer had agreed to meet with Brian Armstrong, the founder of a fast-growing digital-currency startup called Coinbase. A lack of awareness from Armstrong for Chou's discomfort would not be surprising to Coinbase employees. "Yet again, Brian Armstrong leads the way," Y Combinator cofounder Paul Graham tweeted with a link to the memo. A slide from Coinbase's seed round pitch deck shows how Brian Armstrong thought to reinvent tools for buying and selling cryptocurrencies. Steven Ferdman/Getty ImagesArmstrong acknowledged the challenges that Black employees were facing but said making a public statement would be divisive.

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