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Okcoin is a cryptocurrency exchange founded by Star Xu in 2013.[1][2][3][4][5][6]The CEO of Okcoin is Hong Fang, the COO is Jason Lau, and CMO is Haider Rafique.[7][8] [9][10][11][12][13] The exchange is based in San Francisco, California in the United States. Okcoin is a subsidiary of and operated by Ok Group which also owns crypto exchange OKEx.[14][15][16][17][18]


Crypto entrepreneur Changpeng Zhao worked at Okcoin as the chief technology officer from June 2014 through February 2015.[19][20]

In 2014, the company received around $10 million of Series A funding from investment institutions and venture capitalists.[21]

In March 2021, the company launched support for Lightning Network.[22]

In June 2021, Okcoin became the first United States-based exchange to integrate Ethereum scaling solution Polygon.[23] Also, Okcoin filed to close the company's Beijing office amidst China's crackdown on crypto mining.[24]

In July 2021, the company chose financial technology player Worldpay, Inc. from FIS to provide global merchant acquiring and foreign exchange services.

In August 2021, Okcoin became the first crypto exchange to list Miami's cryptocurrency called MiamiCoin.[25] The company also announced it would open an office in Miami.[26][27] In addition, the company got regulatory approval to operate in Malta and the Netherlands.[28]


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  20. "Changpeng Zhao (CZ) CTO of OkCoin Resigns". Cointelegraph. Retrieved 2021-07-19.
  21. "Crypto-currency Trading Platform OKCoin Gets $10 Million Series A Financing Led by Ceyuan · TechNode". TechNode. 2014-03-18. Retrieved 2021-07-19.
  22. "OKCoin Launches Lightning Network, Hands Out New Developer Grant". CoinDesk. 2021-03-04. Retrieved 2021-06-15.
  23. "Polygon (MATIC) – Recent developments to watch out for". Stocks Telegraph. 2021-06-07. Retrieved 2021-06-15.
  24. "OK Group to Work With Nanjing Police on Anti-Money Laundering Blockchain". CoinDesk. 2021-07-12. Retrieved 2021-07-19.
  25. "Miami Launches 'MiamiCoin' to Make Millions and Fund the Police". www.vice.com. Retrieved 2021-08-06.
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  28. "Okcoin secures regulatory approval in Malta and the Netherlands". Cointelegraph. Retrieved 2021-08-06.

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