Bitmex, Coinbase and Hong Kong: This week's top stories in crypto

Quick Take

  • Bitmex cut its headcount as part of its pivot away from its “beyond derivatives” strategy.
  • Hong Kong regulators revealed plans to broaden the scope of crypto assets available in the city.
  • Coinbase’s chief product officer left the crypto exchange.

As is always the case, it's been another eventful week in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry.

Bitmex cut its headcount significantly amid a pivot away from its "beyond derivatives" strategy, while Coinbase's chief product officer left the company amid a restructuring of the product team. Meanwhile, Hong Kong is examining ways to open the crypto market to retail investors.

Bitmex reduces headcount amid pivot away from 'beyond derivatives' strategy

Crypto exchange Bitmex cut its headcount as part of its pivot away from its "beyond derivatives" push into spot trading, brokerage and custody services, The Block reported on Nov. 1.

"We are pivoting from our Beyond Derivatives strategy, and will return much of our focus aiming at providing the crypto derivatives trading experience people will turn to," a Bitmex spokesperson said in an email. "We are going to refocus on liquidity, latencies and a vibrant derivatives community including BMEX Token trading."

After initially noting that 30% of the company's workforce was cut, a spokesperson later clarified that the figure was actually lower.

Hong Kong looks to widen scope of crypto assets

Hong Kong regulators revealed plans to broaden the scope of crypto assets available in the city, The Block reported on Oct. 31, while also examining ways to open the crypto market to retail investors.

"We recognise the increasing acceptance of [virtual assets] as a vehicle for investment allocation by global investors, be they institutional or individual," said the Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau, in a statement.

Hong Kong plans to make an attempt at turning the city into a global center for the digital asset industry.

Coinbase restructures product team as lead leaves

Coinbase's chief product officer, Surojit Chatterjee, left the crypto exchange on Oct. 28 as it restructured its product team, The Block reported on Nov. 2.

The product team at the exchange will be reconfigured into four divisions, each led by a separate director reporting to Brian Armstrong, Coinbase's CEO, who will be more hands-on.


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