May 27, 2021

Derivatives, Defi & Futures oh my! with Mark Lamb

Derivatives, Defi & Futures oh my! with Mark Lamb

Mark Lamb, CEO and Co-Founder of CoinFLEX, discusses the derivatives and futures markets, why crypto is underlevered, building a DeFi derivatives platform, and much more.


My guest today is Mark Lamb, CEO and Co-Founder of CoinFLEX. CoinFLEX (Coin Futures and Lending Exchange) is the world’s first physically delivered cryptocurrency futures exchange, developed to provide avenues for investors to hedge cryptocurrency exposure with minimal index or price settlement risk, Mark has also been a longtime advocate for physically delivered futures over cash settlement as a way to prevent manipulation. For their traders, CoinFLEX prioritizes user education, advanced order types and frequent competitions, CoinFLEX aims to bring a culture of risk management and professional trading techniques to the crypto community. Their partnership with Trading Technologies brings a pioneer in the futures trading space into the cryptocurrency world. For institutions, CoinFLEX provides a robust matching engine coupled with physical settlement. Their best-in-class API performance allows high throughput with low latencies. Mark’s vision is for crypto derivatives is to grow the industry beyond speculation into real commercial use for lending, borrowing, hedging and payments. Mark Lamb has been in bitcoin since 2012 and previously co-founded Coinfloor, the UK’s first cryptocurrency exchange back in 2013. Our discussion focuses on the crytpo's derivatives market, we touch on the structure of the futures market, why Mark envisions the derivatives market in crypto to grow exponentially as the industry matures, and why crypto is the perfect collateral. We also discuss why Mark prefers physically delivered futures over cash settlement, how CoinFLEX is building a DeFi native derivatives platform, and how CoinFLEX is able to offer crypto derivative products to US clients. We also compared how the exchange sector has evolved over the years and what we should expect in the future. Please enjoy my conversation with Mark Lamb.

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