On Saturday (15 September 2018), day two of the Cumberland Summit in Singapore, Changpeng “CZ” Zhao, co-founder and CEO of crypto exchange Binance, probably the world’s largest crypto exchange by traded volume, “accidentally” revealed plans to launch a fiat-to-crypto exchange in Singapore. CZ said that a close beta test would begin on September 18th.
I just slipped that we will begin #Binance Singapore fiat exchange live money closed beta testing on Sept 18th, in 3 days. Invitation only first. Exciting! https://t.co/Hzo6jLLkfS
— CZ Binance (@cz_binance) September 15, 2018
It is not too surprising to hear that Binance has chosen to launch in Singapore, a global financial hub with relatively low taxes, a tech-friendly atmosphere, and a reputation as a good place to launch ICOs; a few examples of ICOs launched in Singapore are TenX, Golem, and Qtum. Coinbase, Gemini, and Huobi already have a presence in Singapore. Also, foundations for Litecoin, TRON, and VeChain are based here.
Although yesterday’s tweet by the Binance CEO was quite interesting, perhaps his most interesting tweet was posted on 12 September 2018, when he said that he disagreed with Vladik Buterin’s view that the crypto space had reached a level of maturity that meant that “1000x price increases” were no longer possible:
I still disagree with this. I will say “crypto will absolutely grow 1000x and more!” Just reaching USD market cap will give it close to 1000x, (that’s just one currency with severely restricted use case), and the derivatives market is so much bigger. https://t.co/bvSttEeCmc
— CZ Binance (@cz_binance) September 12, 2018