Digital Currency Group was launched in 2015 by Barry E. Silbert, who previously founded SecondMarket, Inc.. He began investing in bitcoin companies in 2013, first as an angel investor, and provided funding for many of the earliest companies including Coinbase, BitPay, and Ripple.
Digital Currency Group was formed when two businesses built under the SecondMarket parent company – Genesis Global Trading, a bitcoin OTC trading firm, and Grayscale Investments, a digital currency asset management firm that manages the publicly traded Bitcoin Investment Trust (Symbol: GBTC) – were combined with seed investments founder Barry Silbert had made in the bitcoin and blockchain space.
DigitalCurrencyGroup has made over 85 investments in 25 different countries. They also own and operate the industry's leading bitcoin brokerage firm, Genesis Trading, and the largest digital currency asset management firm, Grayscale Investments, which manages the first publicly traded bitcoin investment vehicle, the Bitcoin Investment Trust (symbol: GBTC).
Established in 2013, Grayscale is a digital currency investing firm. It manages the Bitcoin Investment Trust (BIT), provides titled, auditable bitcoin exposure through a traditional investment vehicle. BIT shares are the first publicly quoted securities solely invested in, and deriving value from, the price of bitcoin. The Trust trades under symbol: GBTC on the OTCQX market, and is only available to accredited investors.
CoinDesk is a global media, research, and events platform that was acquired by Digital Currency Group in 2016. The company is best known for its coverage of blockchain’s daily news, Bitcoin Price Index and data tools, and its tutorials and research products, including the quarterly State of Bitcoin report. CoinDesk also hosts a conference on digital currencies and blockchain technologies titled Consensus, which was last held in May 2016 in New York City and hosted over 1,500 attendees.