Editor’s note: This piece was contributed by David Green, a Taipei-based writer and journalist covering the future of work in Asia.

In the words of Ben Delo, co-Founder and COO of Bitcoin derivatives exchange BitMEX, “You know if a startup is making money or has funding when it has Herman Miller chairs.” I recently sat down in said brand of chair at BitMEX’s Hong Kong office to discuss the issues facing Hong Kong’s attempts to become a regional fintech hub, China’s attempts to control its money supply, and how cryptocurrency could change the face of global finance.

Formed in 2014 with fellow Co-Founder and CEO Arthur Hayes following his departure from Citibank in Hong Kong, along with the third original member of the team, CTO Samuel Reed, BitMEX is now handling an average of $74 million per day in the total value of products traded. The platform, which was initially incubated by Chinaccelerator, has so far avoided being hacked or accused of dodging accountability to its customers and offers anyone with access to a bitcoin wallet the ability to trade Bitcoin against a wide variety of fiat and cryptocurrencies.

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