By Tyler Woods October 5, 2017
An irony of the crypto world is that the buying and selling of cryptocurrencies is still done through “centralized” private companies, such as CoinDesk, rather than being themselves distributed, decentralized contracts.
But a new company coming out of the ConsenSys family of East Williamsburg blockchain startups is looking to change that, and has raised quite a bit of money to that end. Startup AirSwap intends to build a decentralized crypto exchange that’s entirely peer-to-peer and doesn’t take commissions on trades.
In a world where centralized exchanges, such as Mt. Gox, most famously, have been hacked and money lost, a decentralized market that no one owns is apparently appealing, as the startup has already sold more than $20 million before even its public offering of tokens.
“This represents a sea change in how various kinds of exchange will operate in the future,” ConsenSys founder and cocreator of the Ethereum blockchain Joseph Lubin said in a release. (Lubin is also an advisor to AirSwap.) “Swap is putting systems in place for near term exchange use cases and creating the foundation for moving all token exchange activity to a more sound and fully trustworthy infrastructure.”