Michael Gan

Michael Gan is the CEO of , a centralized crypto exchange based in Singapore.

Early Life & Education

Michael Gan started coding when he was 8 years old, and by the time he turned 16, he had already established his first startup. [1]

Gan pursued an engineering degree in Computer Science at Chengdu University of Technology in China. [1]


Michael Gan was one of the initial users of NetEase's free personal site hosting service in 1998. In 2009, he took on the role of the main developer and co-founder of Missyi Inc., an app focused on image sharing and editing. Subsequently, he joined Alibaba Group's Ant Financial as a technical expert in AI. [1][2]


Gan was an early adopter and ventured into mining in 2012 during his university years, shortly after learning about its existence. He got his first Bitcoin by registering a crypto forum When prices increased and reached about $100, he traded on Mt.Gox, which was the largest platform during that period. [3]

I remember I got my first Bitcoin in about 2011, by registering a crypto forum. And when the price of Bitcoin starts to pick up and reached about $100, I bought hundreds of BTC on Mt.Gox and of course those coins have gone with Mt.Gox at last. My friends and I used Mt.Gox a lot as it is the biggest exchange at the time but to be honest the overall experience is not satisfactory at all, that’s also a reason that we want to create a new exchange that can offer a user-friendly trading experience.

KuCoin started as a spot-crypto trading platform and eventually evolved into a complete crypto ecosystem including services such as KuCoin Spotlight, KuCoin Futures, KuCoin Trading Bots, KuCoin Pool, and KuCoin Labs. [4][5]

As the development of TPS and cross-chain transaction, I believe DEX will get increasingly popular but I don’t think it will replace centralized exchange. Users will have different requirements regarding convenience and security, so in the future, the centralized and decentralized exchange will have their own user base.

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