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bitFlyer Europe

Fintech sector: Cryptocurrency / Blockchain

Country of incorporation: Luxembourg (HQ in Tokyo, Japan)

Year of incorporation: 2017 (2014 for Japan HQ)

Team names, roles
and company contact

Mr. Rikiya Masuda (CFO)
Mr. Andy Bryant (COO)
Ms. Yana Afanasieva (CCO)

Elevator pitch

bitFlyer is the world’s largest Bitcoin exchange (by volume). Their virtual currency exchange and marketplace provide customers with convenient and exciting ways to buy, sell and spend bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies. Their mission is to make the world simpler through blockchain.

Problem solved

In an increasingly connected world, the financial system lags behind. Banking is slow, expensive, and inaccessible for most. Payments require intermediaries and legacy infrastructure. Shopping online still requires sharing personal information with multiple different companies, many of which are getting hacked.

Solution / technology

Bitcoin offers an alternative way. It is a peer-to-peer, decentralized virtual currency that is borderless, stateless, permissionless, and open to everyone. The blockchain technology that underpins it has been heralded as one of the most important innovations of our generation, bringing an innovative system of disintermediated record keeping to a whole range of industries. bitFlyer helps make bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies more accessible by allowing our customers to purchase and store it using a safe, secure, regulated platform.


We provide a reliable, user-friendly and regulated exchange platform and offer cutting-edge blockchain solutions such as “Miyabi”. World-class investors including SMBC Venture Capital, Mizuho Capital, Mitsubishi UFJ Capital, Dentsu Digital Holdings and SBI Investment have understood our potential and are supporting our global expansion.

Market size

$100 billion worldwide (MarketWatch, June 2017)

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