Gemini (company)

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Gemini
Gemini (digital currency exchange) logo.svg
TypeCryptocurrency exchange
LocationNew York City, New York, United States
Coordinates40°44′57″N 73°58′33″W / 40.749256°N 73.97584°W / 40.749256; -73.97584[1]
FoundedOctober 25, 2015; 7 years ago (2015-10-25)
OwnerGemini Trust Company, LLC
Key peopleCameron Winklevoss (Co-founder)
Tyler Winklevoss (Co-founder)
CurrencyCryptocurrencies,[2] Fiat currencies[3]
Websitewww.gemini.com

Gemini Trust Company, LLC (Gemini) is a cryptocurrency exchange and custodian that allows customers to buy, sell, and store digital assets. It was founded in 2014 by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss.[4][5][6] Currently, it operates in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Singapore.[7]

History[edit]

Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss announced Gemini in June 2013[8] and the company went live on October 25, 2015. Gemini began in order to facilitate the purchase and storage of Bitcoin through a complex system of private keys and password protected environments. Gemini holds a Limited Purpose Trust Charter from the New York Department of Financial Services that was granted in October of 2015.[9] Gemini began adding to the financial services it offers thereafter, some of which include FIX and API support.

On May 5, 2016 Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York State announced the approval of Gemini as the first licensed Ethereum exchange based in the United States.[10] Additionally, in 2016, Gemini announced it would allow users to withdraw Ethereum Classic (ETC) from the exchange, following a hard fork in Ethereum's code.[11]

In October 2017, Gemini announced that it was allowing registered users to withdraw Bitcoin Cash from the exchange provided they had a balance available on the exchange prior to the Bitcoin hard fork in August 2017.[12]

In December 2017, the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) began to use Gemini to settle its Bitcoin futures contracts.[13] CBOE partnered with Gemini so as to use Gemini's dollar denominated auction price for these contracts. In March of 2019, CBOE announced they would stop listing Bitcoin futures.[14]

In April 2018, Gemini began offering "Block Trading". Block Trading enables Gemini users to buy and sell large quantities of digital assets outside of Gemini's continuous order books, creating an additional liquidity mechanism when trading in greater size.[15] Also in April, Gemini began to utilize NASDAQ's SMARTS technology to monitor trades and combat fraudulent activity and price manipulation on its exchange.[16] On May 14, 2018, the New York Department of Financial Services announced it had approved Gemini to offer Zcash (ZEC) on their platform, becoming the first licensed exchange to offer trading and custody services for it.[17] On September 10, 2018, Gemini had received regulatory approval for a new product, the Gemini dollar (GUSD) from the NYDFS and would launch trading of the coin that same day. Gemini described the product as a stablecoin which maintains a 1-to-1 peg with the American dollar.[18][19] On October 3, 2018 it was announced that Gemini had obtained digital asset insurance covering tokens and coins held on its exchange. The insurance had been brokered by Aon, a London based public risk consulting company, and underwritten by a consortium of global underwriters.[20]

In November 2019, the Gemini Trust Co. bought Nifty Gateway for an undisclosed sum. Nifty Gateway is a marketplace for NFTs.[21][22] The goal of the NFT marketplace is to be a custodian for various assets, including property deeds, passports, commodities, collectibles, videogame characters, movies, music and event tickets.[23]

In May 2020, a partnership was announced with Samsung whereby Samsung smartphone users could link their Samsung Blockchain Wallets to their Gemini accounts to view balances and transfer crypto.[24]

In November 2021 Gemini raised $400 million investment that values the New York parent company, Gemini Space Station, LLC, at $7.1 billion.[25]

On 2 June 2022, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) filed a suit against Gemini based on alleged misrepresentation of the company's exchange and futures contracts during 2017 meetings with the CFTC. The suit is seeking to block Gemini, as well as its affiliates, from trading commodities and getting further investments, in addition to monetary fines.[26] Also on June 2nd Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss announced they would be laying off 10% of the company staff, citing a "contraction phase" known as "crypto winter" in the cryptocurrency industry.[27]

Service disruptions[edit]

The site's primary challenge has been remaining online at times of excessively high volumes, a relatively common occurrence for any website receiving an unusual amount of traffic.[28][29] On November 28, 2017, for example, both Gemini and Coinbase crashed for several hours. Gemini was showing a "504 gateway time-out" message, and the status page showed "Systems are currently experiencing degraded performance."[30] Subsequently, the Gemini Blog offered this comment. "This is not the first scaling challenge we’ve encountered, and it won’t be the last. We’re continuing to improve our performance and infrastructure monitoring so we can anticipate potential problems more quickly in the future."[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Company Overview of Gemini Trust Co LLC". Bloomberg. Retrieved 16 October 2022.
  2. ^ "What cryptos are supported on the Gemini Exchange?". Gemini Support. Retrieved 16 October 2022.
  3. ^ "Does Gemini support fiat currencies other than USD?". Gemini Support. Retrieved 16 October 2022.
  4. ^ Metz, Cade. "With Winklevoss Bitcoin Exchange, Digital Currency Grows Up". Wired. Retrieved 2018-10-17.
  5. ^ Daniel Roberts (5 October 2015). "Winklevoss Brothers Get License for Gemini Bitcoin Exchange – Fortune". Fortune. Retrieved 17 Oct 2018.
  6. ^ Paul Vigna. "Winklevoss Twins' Gemini Exchange Gets Trust License – BitBeat". WSJ blog. Retrieved 17 Oct 2018.
  7. ^ Hungerford, Arjun Kharpal, Nancy (2016-06-21). "The Winklevoss twins are launching their bitcoin exchange outside of the US". CNBC. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  8. ^ Nathaniel Popper; Peter Lattman (2017-07-01). "Winklevoss Twins Plan First Fund for Bitcoins". Article. New York Times. Retrieved 1 Jul 2013.
  9. ^ "Virtual Currency Businesses". New York Department of Financial Services. Retrieved 2022-07-22.
  10. ^ "Governor Cuomo Announces Approval of First U.S.-Based Ethereum Exchange, Created and Operated In New York". Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. 2016-05-05. Retrieved 2018-10-17.
  11. ^ Winklevoss, Cameron (2016-08-12). "UPDATE #2: Ether Classic Withdrawals". Gemini. Retrieved 2018-06-06.
  12. ^ "Bitcoin Cash (BCH) Withdrawals". Article. Gemini Exchange. 2017-10-07.
  13. ^ Rob Urban; Camila Russo (2017-12-09). "Bitcoin Futures Trading Brings Crypto Into Mainstream". Article. Bloomberg. Retrieved 17 Oct 2018.
  14. ^ Rooney, Kate (2019-03-18). "Cboe to stop listing bitcoin futures as interest in crypto trading cools". CNBC. Retrieved 2022-07-22.
  15. ^ Olga Kharif; Matthew Leising (2018-04-09). "Winklevosses' Gemini to Offer Cryptocurrency Block Trading". Article. Bloomberg. Retrieved 17 Oct 2018.
  16. ^ Matthew Leising; Nick Baker (2018-04-25). "Winklevoss Twins Hire Nasdaq to Watch for Crypto Cheaters". Article. Bloomberg. Retrieved 17 Oct 2018.
  17. ^ "Press Release - May 14, 2018". New York State Department of Financial Services. Retrieved 2018-06-06.
  18. ^ Annie Massa; Matthew Leising. "Terms of Service Violation". bloomberg. Retrieved 2018-10-17.
  19. ^ "September 10, 2018: DFS Continues to Foster Responsible Growth in New York's". New York State Department of Financial Services. Archived from the original on 2018-09-11. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  20. ^ Massa, Annie (3 Oct 2018). "Winklevoss's Gemini Obtains Insurance for Crypto-Assets". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2018-10-17.
  21. ^ "Winklevoss Brothers Buy a Startup Founded by Identical Twins". Bloomberg. 2019-11-19. Retrieved 2021-04-07.
  22. ^ "Winklevoss twins slam Facebook as their crypto business booms". Fox Business. 2021-04-05. Retrieved 2021-04-07.
  23. ^ "Revenge Of The Winklevii". Forbes. 2021-04-05. Retrieved 2021-04-07.
  24. ^ Schroeder, Stan (28 May 2020). "Samsung makes it easier to buy Bitcoin on its phones". Mashable. Retrieved 2020-06-15.
  25. ^ "Gemini Raises $400 Million to Build a Metaverse Outside Facebook's Walled Garden". Forbes.
  26. ^ Brandom, Russell (2 June 2022). "Regulators sue Winklevoss crypto firm over futures contracts". The Verge. Retrieved 2 June 2022.
  27. ^ Sigalos, MacKenzie (2022-06-02). "Winklevoss twins' Gemini cutting 10% of its staff, saying 'crypto winter' is here". CNBC. Retrieved 2022-06-04.
  28. ^ Irrera, Jemima Kelly & Anna (25 December 2017). "Bitcoin fever exposes crypto-market frailties". Business Standard India. Retrieved 17 Oct 2018.
  29. ^ Detrixhe, John (7 Dec 2017). "Bitcoin is going bananas and exchanges are struggling to keep up". Quartz. Retrieved 17 Oct 2018.
  30. ^ Becky Peterson (19 Nov 2017). "Bitcoin's price is collapsing and people can't trade because 2 big exchanges have crashed". Business Insider. Retrieved 17 Oct 2018.
  31. ^ Frank Chaparro (9 Dec 2017). "Gemini, the crypto exchange founded by the Winklevoss twins, extends maintenance after massive bitcoin sell-off". Business Insider. Retrieved 17 Oct 2018.

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