Bittrex CEO Bill Shihara on “Going Public” in the Bitcoin Early Days and Starting a Cryptocurrency Exchange
Bill Shihara spent 11 years at Microsoft working on the Windows XP Operating System and the Trustworthy Security team, 2 years as Security Engineering Manager at Amazon and Manager of Security Threat Analysis and Security Engineering at BlackBerry for 2 years. He placed it all on the line when his team at Gift BTC disclosed their identity against what was the norm for Bitcoin companies in the early formation stage of the crypto industry when they launched Bittrex Exchange. Days became weeks and six years are gone in the ever-evolving crypto space. Here is Bill Shihara, Co-Founder and CEO of Bittrex Exchange, sharing the journey and his hopes for the future of blockchain and cryptocurrency.-----This episode of Untold Stories is sponsored by eToro, the smartest crypto trading platform, and one of the largest in the world. Join myself and 11 million other traders and create an account at eToro.com and build your crypto portfolio the smart way.If you enjoyed this conversation, share it with your colleagues & friends, rate, review, and subscribe.This podcast is presented by BlockWorks Group. For exclusive content and events that provide insights into the crypto and blockchain space, visit them at: https://www.blockworksgroup.io
After a decade in security engineering, Bill Shihara co-founded the premier U.S.-based blockchain platform, Bittrex, in 2014. In this episode, Bill reflects on his time at Microsoft and Blackberry and the impact each of those companies have had on his career. He discusses the importance of recognizing when you’re no longer growing at a company, making security a priority from the start of building anything, and how thinking about culture shifts as you grow internally. You’ll also learn how Bittrex has evolved in the last five years, how innovation is at the core of its business foundation, and how they’re now making an impact internationally. Bill’s story on his start in cryptocurrency and the ‘happy accident’ that ultimately led him to become an entrepreneur is one to hear.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.