June 01 2021

FTX – Building Crytpo Exchanges FTX and Serum with Sam Bankman-Fried

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FTX – Building Crytpo Exchanges FTX and Serum with Sam Bankman-Fried

FTX – Building Crytpo Exchanges FTX and Serum with Sam Bankman-Fried

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About the episode

Kevin chats with FTX’s Sam Bankman-Fried. FTX is a cryptocurrency exchange that offers derivatives, options, volatility products, and leveraged tokens. Serum, created by FTX, is a decentralized exchange (DEX) and ecosystem that brings unprecedented speed and low transaction costs to decentralized finance. It is built on Solana and is completely permissionless.

About our guest
Sam Bankman-Fried

Sam Bankman-Fried

Sam Bankman-Fried (@SBF_Alameda) is the founder and CEO of FTX.

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Show notes

What are FTX and Project Serum, and why do we need more decentralized crypto exchanges?[00:53]

How did Sam get started in the world of crypto?[05:08]

What opportunity did Sam identify in the crypto market when he was working in arbitrage?[08:14]

How did this arbitrage opportunity fluctuate between 2017 and 2019?[09:58]

How is effective arbitrage trading possible when transfers are slow? Does the crypto market have an advantage over stocks in this regard?[10:40]

What frustrations with the status quo of crypto trading coaxed Sam into the consumer market?[12:06]

What value was Sam hoping consumers would find in FTX?[15:38]

Did embracing Solana early on bring FTX an influx of new users?[17:10]

“Come for the SOL, stay for the DOGE.”[17:36]

What problems did embracing Solana help solve?[18:13]

A short list of fast chains, and why transactions per second is a meter that matters more in some cases than others.[20:08]

How fast should DeFi be?[25:54]

How honest are marketing campaigns declaring automated market making (AMM) superior to order book models?[27:22]

Why was the Serum Project created, and how does it differ from FTX proper?[30:22]

Aside from Solana, what other factors does Sam see contributing to Serum’s on-chain ecosystem?[33:19]

What’s the function of Serum’s token? How is it earned and staked?[34:15]

What’s the function of FTX’s token, and how is it sourced?[35:16]

What is one of the most interesting FTX features not currently available on FTX US?[35:58]

How are shares tracked and verified behind the scenes at FTX?[37:55]

What are the criteria for currencies being accepted to FTX, and what are Sam’s thoughts on efficient cross-chain swaps?[41:27]

Crypto projects Sam finds interesting.[47:47]

What really determines the market cap for a token?[49:42]

Thoughts on DAOs.[51:28]

Where does Sam see FTX and Serum in the next five years or so?[53:13]

Will FTX ever dabble in NFTs?[56:57]

Parting thoughts.[57:19]

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