This week, we speak with co-founders of cryptocurrency exchange Gemini. The duo received a multimillion-dollar settlement in 2008 after claiming Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea for a social-networking website. They competed in the men’s pair rowing event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. They are also early investors in crypto currencies and Blockchain start ups.
Their latest project is Gemini, a next generation bitcoin exchange.
Winklevoss Capital was founded in 2012 to invest across multiple asset classes with an emphasis on providing seed funding and infrastructure to early-stage startups. They launched using their own capital, so they are “unconstrained” in what they can take risk with. Because of this lack of formal outside capital constriants, they were able to become early investors in Bitcoin, at one point owning about one percent of bitcoin, which at the peak in 2017 was worth over a billion dollars.
Their favorite books are here; a transcript of our conversation is available here.
You can stream/download the full conversation, including the podcast extras on iTunes, Bloomberg, Overcast, and Stitcher. Our earlier podcasts can all be found at iTunes, Stitcher, Overcast, and Bloomberg.
Next week, we speak with William J. Bernstein, neurologist and co-founder of the investment management firm Efficient Frontier Advisors. Bernstein has written several titles on finance and economic history, including A Splendid Exchange. He was the 2017 winner of the James R. Vertin Award from CFA Institute.
Cameron & Tyler Winklevoss’ Favorite Books
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline