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About Bittrex

Founded in 2014 by three cybersecurity engineers, Bittrex is the premier U.S.-based blockchain platform, providing lightning-fast trade execution, dependable digital wallets and industry-leading security practices. Our mission is to help advance the blockchain industry by fostering innovation, incubating new and emerging technology, and driving transformative change.


What makes Bittrex different?

Secure platform – 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.

Custom-built trading engine – Our custom 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.

Fast deposits and withdrawals – 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.

Driving Innovation – 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, and all new digital tokens listed on the trading platform must complete a rigorous review process.

Commitment to compliance – 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.



Bill Shihara, Co-Founder and CEO

Bill is Co-Founder and CEO of Bittrex. He was previously a Security Engineering Manager at Amazon, and he also 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 is 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 Technology Officer

Rami is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer 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.



From time to time, affiliates of Bittrex may provide advisory or other services to issuers of tokens traded on Bittrex or issuers who may in the future seek to have their tokens traded on Bittrex, and these affiliates may receive equity or other compensation for provision of such services.  The provision of such services or receipt of any such compensation by a Bittrex affiliate  should not be viewed as an endorsement of any particular token or token issuer by Bittrex or any of its affiliates.

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