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“Cryptoassets have gone from literally a punchline among the institutional allocator class to something that is inspiring a fair amount of FOMO.” — Eric Meltzer, Founding Partner Primitive Ventures
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AirSwap, the decentralized crypto exchange, is breaking into over-the-counter trading with a new decentralized platform aimed at shaking up a massive market.
In crypto, large trades are typically conducted over-the-counter, resembling in some cases the way old school brokers would get on the phones with clients to bring together buyers and sellers. In the token world this can pan out differently, with traders sometimes arranging six-figure bitcoin trades over Skype or Telegram group chats. AirSwap’s decentralized platform, dubbed “Spaces,” blends together the feel of how bitcoin trades outside of public exchanges with technology aimed at simplifying the process and providing counterparties with more assurance. It is set to launch on Wednesday.
Large trading firms or other entities can open up their own “Space” on the platform, and then set the parameters for trading. Similarly to how a new Telegram group’s administrator might set some terms of engagement for a given community.
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