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Coinbase CTO Balaji Srinivasan has left the company after joining in April 2018, marking the first chief technology officer departure for the crypto giant.

In a recent tweet, Srinivasan stated that he is leaving due to personal reasons, saying, “Coinbase was fun and it was energizing working with so many great people. I’ll be taking a bit of time off to get back in shape — and up to speed on everything happening while I was heads down. More soon!”

“We are very grateful to Balaji for all of his contributions to Coinbase,” a Coinbase spokesperson added in a statement. “His efforts over the past year have had a major impact on the trajectory of the company. He’s on to his next challenge and we wish him well.”

According to The Block’s Frank Chaparro, inside sources have indicated that Srinivasan wasn’t given enough freedom in his role leading the development of Coinbase’s consumer products. A difference of opinion about the future product roadmap also existed.

Srinivasan joined Coinbase after the company acquired Earn.com, a crypto startup company that enables users to monetize their email messaging with digital currency, for an undisclosed amount rumored to be north of $100 million.

Given Earn.com’s relatively small user base, many believed at the time that the acquisition was largely designed to bring Srinivasan on as Coinbase’s CTO. The acquisition did lead to the creation of Coinbase Earn.

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