Tim Wagner recently joined Coinbase as the new Vice President of Engineering. The announcement from Coinbase explained that engineering is a crucial part of the platform’s mission, which is developing an open financial system that the world can use. Coinbase leaders said their strategy involves providing people with the simplest to use and most trusted cryptocurrency services and products.
Wagner is best known for his role with Amazon Web Services, where he was the GM for AWS Lambda, AWS Serverless App Repository, and Amazon API Gateway. Before his experience at Amazon, Wagner had worked at Microsoft for several years following his graduation from Princeton University with a BSE in computer science and the University of California-Berkeley with a Ph.D. in the same field.
During his time at Microsoft, Wagner was the director of development as part of the visual studio ultimate team and also served as manager of managed language teams for a year. His other previous experience includes time with Eclipse Foundation, BEA, and Nimble Technologies, roles that involved platform development and work on languages.
Wagner is known throughout the industry as a veteran in the world of technology. He is widely recognized for his engineering knowledge and leadership skills, which include open-source and commercial settings. Wagner also has a wealth of technical knowledge, not limited to Cloud services, distributed databases, languages, and compilers.
The Perfect Fit
According to Coinbase, Wagner is an ideal fit for the company’s engineering department since he feels passion for the Coinbase mission. The release also pointed out that Wagner aligns with the team’s values and has the necessary experience in leading major technical organizations. Once you factor in his experience with engineering, it becomes clear why Coinbase feels he is a good fit.
The addition of Wagner to the Coinbase team comes as part of the platform’s growth. Coinbase explained in the announcement that during the rapid growth it is currently experiencing, the team continues to make meeting the needs of businesses, institutions, and individuals a priority while also advancing crypto. The platform is also working to develop infrastructure that will make it possible to add assets to the platform and increase the speed of cryptocurrency adoption worldwide. The engineering team at Coinbase plays a key role in these developments, making Wagner’s appointment timely.
Wagner is not the only recent high-profile addition to the platform’s team. The previous week, Coinbase announced Jeff Horowitz will be the chief compliance officer in charge of compliance and regulatory programs. Prior to this, Horowitz was the managing director and global head of compliance for Pershing for three years, where he oversaw the company’s compliance and regulatory programs. Before that, he led various AML and compliance programs with Saloman Brothers, Goldman Sachs, and Citigroup. He also was a banking regulator for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
Both recent Coinbase hires show that the platform is serious about expanding its team with experts who have vast industry and leadership experience.