Michael Gan is the CEO of KuCoin, 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. 
Gan pursued an engineering degree in Computer Science at Chengdu University of Technology in China. 
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. 
Gan was an early adopter and ventured into mining Bitcoin 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 BTC on Mt.Gox, which was the largest cryptocurrency platform during that period. 
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. 
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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