Happy birthday Liquid: celebrating 1 year

In Product

Today is a special day in the history of our company as we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Liquid launch.

One year ago today we completed the process of merging our two exchanges, Quoinex and Qryptos, into one: Liquid. Since the birth of Liquid, our drive has only increased.

Building dreams

The team worked tirelessly to get Liquid live. Once Liquid launched, we knew all of the work had been worth it. We achieved our initial goal – to bring Liquid to life and serve the crypto economy with a different type of exchange that puts the customer first.

Things were just getting started – we knew that. There was a long road ahead. But it was a great moment to launch the exchange and start that journey.

The power of time

A lot has happened in the past year. Together with our community, we’ve all had to endure the prolonged bear market. But we made it through. We survived, we’re still here and I couldn’t be more proud.

Our determination kept us going through any difficult times. We focussed on keeping busy and bettering ourselves, determined to do good work and maintain our passion and drive. It was a year of building and making the most of the time we had.

One year of difference

It’s tremendous to see how much the cryptocurrency ecosystem has changed over the last year. Regulatory clarity has improved, bringing in a number of larger players like Bakkt and Fidelity. To me, the introduction of these large financial players is a natural progression. But it’s the path to adoption that has been in my mind for a long time.

I’m excited to observe the growth of other companies in the space. Over the last year, many new businesses have started in crypto, but a large number have failed and left the scene too. The strong, successful businesses with a tenure in crypto are the real sources of wisdom. They understand the space and help mould the crypto ecosystem.

This is where Liquid lies. We’ve learned a lot from our customers, but we have also helped structure the trajectory of this wonderful space. We were the first crypto exchange to be licensed by the JFSA, contributing to the crypto boom in Japan.

Security, privacy and regulation remain important to us. Users deserve to be safe. We continue to lead by example in that respect.

Those who made it happen

I’d like to personally thank every Liquid staff member who has contributed to Liquid. It can be challenging working at a fintech startup, but it’s also extremely rewarding when it all comes together. Liquid is our collective passion, so it’s incredibly satisfying to be a part of the growth and success of the platform and company.

And most importantly, to our community: thank you for sticking with us. The road isn’t always smooth in crypto, but we’re still here grinding. Liquid has a bright future ahead.

Here's to another year.

This content is not financial advice and should not form the basis of any financial investment decisions nor be seen as a recommendation to buy or sell any good or product. Trading cryptocurrency is complex and comes with a high risk of losing money, particularly if you trade on leverage. You should carefully consider whether trading cryptocurrencies is right for you and take the time to learn how trading works and decide how much money you are prepared to lose.

WRITTEN BY

Mike Kayamori

CEO and Co-founder of Liquid.