About Us
Our mission is to help advance the blockchain industry by fostering innovation, incubating new and emerging technology and driving transformative change.
How did we light our torch?
Our goal at Bittrex is to operate a world class cryptocurrency exchange with a focus on security and trust. Founded in 2014 by three cybersecurity engineers, Bittrex became the first exchange to light the torch of trust by putting a human face in front of a blockchain platform. Bittrex provides the widest selection of cryptocurrencies in the United States along with fast trade execution and dependable digital wallets, all protected by industry-leading security practices.
Why Bittrex?
Bittrex employs the most reliable, effective security technologies available. We leverage an elastic, multi-stage wallet strategy to ensure that the majority of funds are kept in cold storage for additional safety. Also, Bittrex enables two-factor authentication for all users and provides a host of additional security features to provide multiple layers of protection. At Bittrex, security will always be a top priority in every decision we make.
Our custom-built trading engine was designed to be scalable and to ensure that orders are executed in real-time. We also support third-party trading platforms and algorithmic trading via our extensive APIs.
Our highly efficient and automated monitoring platform allows us to provide users the fastest transactions available today. This includes updates on balance, trade, and wallet information.
To help drive innovation in the blockchain industry, Bittrex is committed to supporting both new and established blockchains. Bittrex seeks to provide its users with an ever-growing selection of blockchain technologies and digital tokens which must complete a rigorous review process.
Bittrex is committed to complying with all current U.S. regulations that help prevent, detect and remediate unlawful behavior by customers and virtual currency developers when using the Bittrex trading platform or any of the company’s other services.
The Founders
Bill Shihara
Co-Founder and CEO
Bill Shihara is the Co-Founder and CEO of Bittrex. He was previously a Security Engineering Manager at Amazon, and later served as the Manager of Security Threat Analysis and Security Engineering at Blackberry. At Blackberry, Bill drove the anti-malware and security automation strategy for the BlackBerry ecosystem to help protect customers from emerging and known threats. Prior to his position at BlackBerry, he spent 11 years at Microsoft working on the Windows Operating System and the Trustworthy Security team.
Richie Lai
Co-Founder and Chief Information Officer
Richie Lai is the Co-Founder and Chief Information Officer of Bittrex. He previously served as a leader in the Amazon Information Security Team. In this role he managed a global 24/7 Security Operations Center responsible for Security Operations, Incident Response, External Threat Intelligence, Advanced Monitoring and Analysis, Vulnerability Management, Application Security as well as a development organization that supported all these efforts. Prior to joining Amazon, Richie spent 12 years at Microsoft building up their security engineering and Internet crimes division.
Rami Kawach
Co-Founder and Chief Architect
Rami Kawach is the Chief Architect and Co-Founder of Bittrex. Prior to Bittrex, he served as a Principal Security Engineer at Amazon, managing a wide variety of security issues. Rami also previously served as the Director of Engineering at Qualys, where he was the architect of their next generation vulnerability management solution and malware detection system. Prior to Qualys, he spent 10 years at Microsoft where he led multiple projects, including Microsoft’s botnet monitoring and mitigation efforts.
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