Brett Harrison: Crypto Derivatives | SALT Talks #255

Brett Harrison, FTX US president, describes FTX’s founding by Sam Bankman-Fried and how the international exchange differs from its US counterpart. Harrison discusses FTX US’ recent LedgerX acquisition, the company’s broader vision and its recent marketing push. He explains the need for layer one blockchains in powering DeFi and how NFTs are serving as a crypto gateway for many. He lays out the case for centralized and decentralized finance’s coexistence and the potential of Serum, FTX’s latest decentralized project powered by Solana.

Prior to joining FTX US, Brett was Head of Semi-Systematic Technology at Citadel Securities, where he managed technology for the firm’s Options, ETF, OTC, and ADR trading globally. He began and spent the majority of his career at Jane Street, where he led the firm’s algorithmic trading system development. He also previously worked at Headlands Technologies as a senior software developer. Brett received his M.S. and B.A. in Computer Science from Harvard.

0:00 – Intro and background
5:55 – Explaining FTX and FTX US
10:06 – Acquiring LedgerX
12:19 – The FTX vision
16:08 – FTX US marketing and naming rights
18:58 – Solana, Project Serum and DeFi
23:28 – NFTs
25:29 – Potential additional acquisitions
28:56 – Comparing traditional finance and crypto
31:35 – Centralized and decentralized finance coexisting
35:04 – NFTs and play-to-earn gaming
38:12 – Responding to crypto critics
43:06 – Pyth network

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