CoinGecko had the good opportunity to interview Ben He Bin, founder and CEO of imToken. imToken is a leading digital asset wallet in the blockchain space. imToken recently also launched Tokenlon, a decentralized exchange (DEX) that has since been spun out of imToken.
With more than ten years of experience in Internet product design and development, Ben is an early member of a blockchain technology research team, which founded a series of successful blockchain startups. Ben started paying attention to Bitcoin back in 2013 and a year later, the Ethereum platform. He has previously worked with digital currency exchanges, data storage entities, and is currently focusing on smart contract technology and digital asset management.
1. What inspired you to start imToken?
We started imToken with a small group of people, back in 2016, when Ethereum was still in its early days. We wanted to offer people access to this new and exciting land of possibilities: sending tokens and owning crypto on their own devices.
In the very beginning imToken was only a wallet to send and receive ETH and ERC20 tokens. At that time, blockchain was still widely unknown in Asia. But that changed quickly in the following years. Now, 3 and a half years later, we are offering more features and access to more blockchains to our users.
2. How many users do you have on imToken and how has your growth been since launch?
We currently have one million people actively using our apps, most of which are based in Asia and the US.
We did start pretty early, even before the ICO boom of 2017. Back then, people had a limited amount of blockchains and tokens to choose from. The first interesting tokens started to be issued on Ethereum, and our users came looking for an easy, secure way to store those tokens. What they wanted most was a secure storage for their tokens on their own phones, instead of some exchanges that may get hacked.
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