StopCoin

Buy and sell your bitcoins automatically on Coinbase

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Zack Shapiro
Maker
@zackshapiro · Head of Mobile at Splash
I'm really excited to launch StopCoin today! Buy and sell bitcoins automatically on Coinbase when the price changes. You can do things like set price floors on existing investments, set buy orders to execute when the price drops, or sell orders to execute when the price increases. StopCoin came out of me buying and selling way more bitcoins than I was comfortable with in late 2013. The price was jumping all around as it ran from ~$120 to $1000+ and I would wake up in the middle of the night scared I'd lost a ton of money, checking the price, ready to sell at any moment. Everyone should feel confident in their investments, even in bitcoin, so I built StopCoin on top of Coinbase to do just that. I wanted to give everyone who uses Coinbase Schwab-like precision as to what's going on with their money. StopCoin is also the first product to come out of my transparent product studio Built in Public, so in that spirit, I'm an open book, AMA!
Edwin Toh@edtoh · Founder, Garage Interactive
@zackshapiro I wished this came out earlier! awesome idea. :)
Erik Torenberg@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
@zackshapiro congrats!! so cool to see the first project up. Tell us more about the Built in Public project. What is it exactly? What inspired it? In 6 months, or a year from now, what would constitute success for Built in Public?
Zack Shapiro
Maker
@zackshapiro · Head of Mobile at Splash
@eriktorenberg Thanks Erik! Built in Public is a year long experiment in being incredibly transparent and opening up my creative process. It's also a product studio where I can create all kinds of apps, web and mobile, and see where they lead. I want to see if I can build a community around sharing ideas from the earliest stage to shipping an actual product. When I learned how to code, I stopped sharing fresh ideas I was kicking around, so in part, Built in Public is a way to overcome that. In 6-12 months, Built in Public will be a success if I can create a whole suite of products that I'm incredibly proud of, ones that genuinely help people out.
Zack Shapiro
Maker
@zackshapiro · Head of Mobile at Splash
@edtoh Thanks Edwin, give it a try. It's out now! :)
Tom Masiero@blendahtom · GM of LaunchBit
@zackshapiro really slick bro.. and it eases the adoption for potential new bitcoin purchasers to get in where they are comfortable at. p.s. Order placed for my first bitcoins!
Zack Shapiro
Maker
@zackshapiro · Head of Mobile at Splash
@BlendahTom thanks Tom!
Eddie Wharton@eawharton · Data Scientist, Dinner Lab
@zackshapiro this is awesome! What plans, if any, do you have for opening up the world of technical / algorithmic trading of BTC?
Zack Shapiro
Maker
@zackshapiro · Head of Mobile at Splash
@EAWharton stay tuned
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
YEAHH!! Congrats on the launch, @zackshapiro. I love the simplicity of the product, which has very clear utility for those holding significant amounts of bitcoins While useful, I'm having a hard time seeing how you can make much money off of this with the current model. Since you only make money off the transactions when bitcoin (and other crypto-currencies in the future, I assume) fluctuate in price. cc'ing some bitcoin folks @davidlee, @percival, @tylerwinklevoss
Zack Shapiro
Maker
@zackshapiro · Head of Mobile at Splash
@rrhoover Thanks Ryan! Coinbase right now has over 2 million consumer wallets and most importantly, Coinbase is wallet, not an exchange. I built this because I feel that it's the piece that's missing from Coinbase, more granular control over the bitcoins that you currently own. If I have 5 BTC in there, it shouldn't just sit, it should auto-sell if the price dips drastically or maybe I want to double the amount I own if the price drops $50. We take a 1% fee of the transaction up to $10. My hope is that all of Coinbase's users rely on StopCoin to help them manage the bitcoins that they hold now and in the future.
Malcolm C. Ong@malcolmcasey · Co-founder, Skillshare
@zackshapiro because it's a wallet, and not an exchange -- is this why they haven't done this as a feature themselves yet? I used to day-trade, and when I first used Coinbase, I wondered why they didn't allow the standard market + limit + stop orders.
Zack Shapiro
Maker
@zackshapiro · Head of Mobile at Splash
@malcolmcasey yep, that's the reason.
Todd Goldberg@toddg777 · Mailjoy, Past: Eventjoy (YC W14)
@zackshapiro @rrhoover Congrats on the launch Zack! While this is great from an investment standpoint, I imagine this could potentially increase short-term trading around BTC causing more volatility. What do you think?
Zack Shapiro
Maker
@zackshapiro · Head of Mobile at Splash
@toddg777 Thanks Todd. The short-term volatility question is a good one. My hypothesis is that our brain like nice, round numbers, and there will be a lot of activity around the $400s and $850s and $1000s. Coinbase is a wallet, it's not initially designed for orders like StopCoin introduces. It's meant to be a safe, secure place to easily buy and sell. Exchanges offer stop order functionality which execute silently at different price points every day. I'm not sure if Coinbase now having this functionality will do much to the price. That said, we'll see!
Geoffrey Weg@geoffreyweg · Betaworks, TechStars, White House
Really like the simplicity here, @zackshapiro. I get this and would definitely use it if I ever purchased bitcoin. Question: Will there always be a buyer and seller that will be willing to buy/sell? What guarantee do you offer? Guess I'm just wondering about liquidity in the marketplace. cc'ing bitcoin aficionado @jasongelman
Zack Shapiro
Maker
@zackshapiro · Head of Mobile at Splash
@GeoffreyWeg @jasongelmant Thanks Geoffrey! Right now we rely on Coinbase to make the transaction happen, StopCoin is built on top of their API. We can't offer a guarantee that the trade will go through since they're actually doing the transaction but given how well built and well supported they are, the reality that the transaction will fail is incredibly low. I showed Coinbase what I was working on months ago and have a good relationship with them so any potential errors I can work out with them hopefully very quickly. In the future, when we hopefully have thousands of orders at many different prices, we will be able to match users in our own system to do the transaction and have Coinbase as a fallback rather than rely solely on them. That's a ways away. I hope we can get there.
Aneela@ak310i · Entrepreneur
can a newbie to bitcoin use StopCoin? love the "built in public" mentality. keep it up & good luck!
Zack Shapiro
Maker
@zackshapiro · Head of Mobile at Splash
@ak310i You can! Just make sure you have a Coinbase account with a bank account hooked up, then you can take full advantage of StopCoin, even if your bitcoin balance is 0
Aneela@ak310i · Entrepreneur
@zackshapiro gracias! now to just add this to the never-ending to-do list :)
Eric Willis@erictwillis · Working on something new
I needed this two months ago. I got hammered one night when Bitcoin tanked.
Zack Shapiro
Maker
@zackshapiro · Head of Mobile at Splash
@erictwillis Sorry to hear that Eric. The price can be brutal, that's why I built this. I hope StopCoin can help you out next time!
Eric Willis@erictwillis · Working on something new
@zackshapiro Yeah. I'll be adding this to my tool kit for future use.