Sam Bankman-Fried: FTX & Project Serum – The World's First Decentralized Derivatives Exchange

27 Oct 2020 • 79 min • EN
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Alameda Research is a quant trading fund founded in 2017. Today it manages over $100 million in digital assets and trades $600 million to $1.5 billion per day across thousands of products: all major coins and altcoins, as well as their derivatives. Whilst running this fund, the team thought there was space for a robust crypto derivatives exchange build for traders which solves some of the issues they saw in derivatives trading. FTX is the crypto derivatives trading platform which came out of Alameda. In just under two years of existence, it has grown to become one of the top trading platforms for crypto, trading over $1B per day in derivatives. The FTX team are also working on Project Serum. It’s an ambitious project to create a fully decentralized and permissionless DEX and DeFi ecosystem with trustless cross-chain trading. Serum is being built on Solana to allow a centralized orderbook. This offers a much higher speed and throughput than Ethereum. The goal is to create a robust DEX ecosystem which can compete with centralized exchanges on speed, all while being fully interoperable with Ethereum. Today our guest is Sam Bankman-Fried, he is the CEO of FTX and Alameda Research, and co-founder of Project Serum. We hear all about his journey from Alameda, to FTX, and to his latest venture, Serum. Topics covered in this episode:Sam’s background and how he became involved in crypto tradingWhy and how FTX was createdHow FTX works and why the big focus on derivativesThe cross-over between FTX and AlamedaWhat Serum is and how it fits in the long term vision of FTXSam’s view on where products on DeFi are falling short and how it can be fixedWhat are the trade-offs on Serum?The off chain Serum order bookHow cross-chain swaps workThe boundaries of the Serum ecosystem in relation to SolanaWhat is the governance mechanism on SerumSam’s view on the AMM argumentWhere Sam thinks the DeFi ecosystem is heading and what is needed for it to gain legitimacy in the traditional finance world Episode links: FTXAlameda ResearchProject SerumEpicenter episode 312 with Anatoly Yakovenko, Co-founder and CEO of SolanaSushiSwap Twitter threadFTX on TwitterSam on Twitter Sponsors: Algorand: Learn how to start building on Algorand – Free webinar on November 17th - This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture & Sunny Aggarwal. Show notes and listening options:

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