The Ocean is a decentralized exchange building as a relayer on top of the 0x protocol. In this interview, I talk to their CEO, John Piotrowski, about focusing on creating deep liquidity from the very beginning.
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We have discussed DEXs (decentralized exchanges) many times on this show, and in this episode I'm happy to have a guest on who is building one. John Piotrowski is the CEO of The Ocean -- a decentralized exchange that's near launch, which they've built as a relayer on top of the 0x protocol.
I went far deeper with John than I anticipated I would. We dug into what makes a dex a dex, and how they are approaching the ecosystem differently than other participants. For one, they are a hybrid model with off-chain order books. John believes deeply in the importance of deep liquidity on a proper order book system. His past is working at Goldman Sachs and elsewhere, directly with their trading operations. He's aiming to bring institutional level liquidity to The Ocean, something that others have not been able to do.
By taking token custodianship out of the equation, but also embracing KYC/AML and other regulatory matters, they believe it gives them an edge in this emerging market.
The Ocean does have a token element, but it will be a free airdop with a rewards-only model for early adopters. There's no ICO, and even their VC investors do not have a token allocation as part of the investment.
Music: "Oh, the chains" by Joel Madison Blount