Kraken is thrilled to announce that Miha Grčar, a pioneer of the cryptocurrency exchange sector, will officially be joining our team as Head of Business Development.
For the better part of the last decade, Miha has helped Bitstamp gain recognition as a licensed financial institution in Europe, experience that will prove integral as he helps Kraken build critical banking relationships and forge new partnerships with essential stakeholders.
Miha is excited to join Kraken – which he describes as the industry’s biggest champion – and is eager to drive our next phase of growth as the leader in the European market.
This past year alone, Kraken has obtained new licensing in the U.K., allowing Kraken Futures to become the market’s first authorized derivatives marketplace. Further, we joined the Crypto Valley Association in Switzerland, bolstering our commitment to this entrepreneurial center.
As Miha gears up for the role, we sat down with him to understand his perspective on our industry’s humble beginnings and share his view on where it is heading.
Welcome Miha! What was your experience like discovering bitcoin?
I first learned about Bitcoin in late 2010 over drinks with Damian Merlak, one of the co-founders of Bitstamp. Since I’m not a technical person, what got my attention was the socio-economic potential of its permissionless design.
After I returned from my studies in Athens, Greece, I saw the full effect of central bank policies, and my worldview became “all in” on Bitcoin.
How have you seen the industry grow since you started working in it?
One could hardly call it an industry when I started. It was more like this global hobby that turned into a full-time job. Looking back on it now, it all looked like a strange geeky cult.
Prior to joining Kraken, I took time to reflect and was amazed how far we have all come. Bitcoin is more than a technology, it is more than an industry, it is a mission to build a better tomorrow.
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