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Coinbase Agrees to Buy Zabo, the ‘Plaid of Crypto,’ for Undisclosed Sum

Coinbase, the cryptocurrency exchange listed on the Nasdaq, has agreed to acquire Zabo, a startup that lets financial companies give their customers a bird’s-eye view of their crypto investments.

Zabo, whose co-founders work out of the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, announced the deal in a blog post Wednesday. It did not disclose the terms of the deal, except to emphasize that it was a proper acquisition, not an “acqui-hire,” meaning Coinbase is buying Zabo for its offerings, not just the people. The transaction should close in the coming weeks, said Alex Treece, one of the co-founders.

“We’ve been lucky to know multiple folks on the Coinbase team for years,” said Christopher Brown, the other co-founder. “We saw that there were amazing opportunities to work together, which led to us officially joining forces.” He would not elaborate on the companies’ future plans.

Zabo’s service is similar to those offered in the traditional financial services industry by vendors like Plaid and Yodlee, except instead of bank or brokerage accounts it connects crypto wallets.

Coinbase has acquired, agreed to acquire or entered talks with a number of companies in the crypto space before and after going public in April, including trade execution startup Routefire, asset manager Osprey Funds, prime brokerage Tagomi and data provider Skew.

Digital Currency Group, the parent company of CoinDesk, is an investor in Zabo and Coinbase.

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