Public Key Podcast

[CHAINALYSIS PODCAST EPISODE 29] Could Regulatory Ramp-Up Position Australia As “Silicon Valley” Of Crypto?

Episode 29 of Public Key, the Chainalysis podcast, is here! In this episode, we talk with Caroline Bowler (CEO, BTC Markets) about why she and her company are so anxious for cryptocurrency regulation in Australia. 

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Public Key Episode 29 Preview: How regulations will change the crypto asset landscape in Australia

In this episode, Ian Andrews (CMO at Chainalysis) sits down with guest, Caroline Bowler (CEO, BTC Markets), who wants to make it clear that crypto is no longer the wild west, and explains why she is encouraging regulators to create a crypto regulatory framework for her exchange to operate in. 

Caroline shares her personal experience in investment banking during the global financial crisis and how that led her to appreciate the importance of crypto. She provides clarity about the current regulatory situation in Australia and where it may be heading in the future.  

Quote of the episode

“My own view is probably coming off the back of the GFC [Global Financial Crisis] and I’m in Singapore and I’m seeing the markets collapse and my parents are asleep in Ireland and I’m ringing my parents and I’m saying to my family, “Get your money outta the banks when it opens, they may not still be standing. Get your money outta the banks…. And I think that that aspect of it shapes everything I do within crypto.  Because there’s a big part of crypto that is like we can give you a degree of self reliance, you can make your own decisions. I mean that’s at the very core of a lot of the crypto philosophy.” – Caroline Bowler (CEO, BTC Markets)

Minute-by-minute episode breakdown

  • (2:10) – How meeting Vitalik Buterin changed the course of Caroline’s career 
  • (5:54) – Describing how BTC Markets became one of the largest crypto exchanges to service Australians
  • (10:15) – How the Global Financial Crisis changed the way Caroline and the world view the need for crypto regulations
  • (14:25) –Balancing consumer protection and access to innovation in crypto 
  • (16:35) – Understanding the Australian cryptocurrency regulation that are ramping up 
  • (22:15) -Why BTC Markets was encouraging being regulated vs. avoiding it  
  • (30:45) -Stablecoins and the role they play in the Australian ecosystem and internationally

Related resources

Check out more resources provided by Chainalysis that perfectly complement this episode of the Public Key.

  • Blog: Digital Asset Research Announces July 2022 Crypto Exchange Vetting Results 
  • Articles: Australia could become the ‘Silicon Valley of crypto’, according to BTC Markets CEO
  • Articles: Australia to Map Crypto Tokens as Part of Regulatory Ramp-Up
  • Report: The Chainalysis 2022 Geography of Cryptocurrency Report
  • LinkedIn Post: Crypto In Ukraine: The Digital Transformation Of A Country Under Siege

Speakers on today’s episode

  • Ian Andrews * Host * (Chief Marketing Officer, Chainalysis)
  • Caroline Bowler  (Chief Executive Officer, BTC Markets )

Please note that BTC Markets  is a Chainalysis customer.

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