Kraken: The Crypto Native's Powerhouse Exchange | Dave Ripley

In this episode, Jason is joined by Dave Ripley, CEO of Kraken. They discuss the challenges and opportunities of operating a major crypto exchange over the past year. Dave dives into Kraken's focus on professional traders, their expansion into retail markets, and the importance of building a bridge between traditional finance and the crypto ecosystem. Dave also shares insights on navigating market cycles as a crypto business, the value of hiring crypto-native talent, and his thoughts on the future of centralized exchanges as more activity moves on-chain.

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0:00 Introduction

02:18 Dave's Kraken Origin Story

11:07 Kraken User Strategy

23:12 Kraken's 5 Year Business Model

32:02 Arbitrum Ad

32:49 Aura Ad

33:38 Marinade Ad

34:42 Skale Ad

35:59 Regulatory Concerns of L2s

43:40 24/7 NYSE

51:30 Operating in Market Cycles

58:28 Best People to Hire

01:02:01 This Cycle's Expectation

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