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Wintermute: DeFi Presentation

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  • UserHaashir Ashraf and Santi D’Ornellas
  • ClockWednesday 10 November 2021, 13:05-13:55
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DeFi today is what internet was in the early 00s. Blockchain, the tokenization of assets, NFTs – these innovations are going to increasingly change the way we operate in traditional markets. Join this Tech Talk to explore decentralized finance with two algorithmic traders at Wintermute, one of the largest players in the global digital asset markets.

In this session we will explain what is wrong with traditional financial markets and how disruptive technologies like blockchain are solving these issues. We will touch briefly on the history of decentralized finance, specifically Ethereum, and to dive deep into the current state of the landscape and the challenges that are (or will be) fronting DeFi as it evolves.


Haashir Ashraf is an algorithmic DeFi trader at Wintermute. He was the fourth employee at Wintermute and has extensive experience in the crypto landscape. Prior to joining Wintermute, he graduated with a degree in theoretical physics from King’s College and trades in traditional financial markets.

Santi D’Ornellas is an algorithmic DeFi trader at Wintermute. He holds a dual masters degree in management and finance from IE Business School. Prior to joining Wintermute, he worked in equity derivative sales at Natixis. Santi has years of experience trading across asset classes and financial products for his own book. He has been involved in the crypto currency landscape since 2016 and continues to stretch his limits and learn more about the industry in his work as a trader at Wintermute.

About Wintermute

Wintermute is a hyper-growth fintech startup and one of the largest players in the global digital asset markets. We provide liquidity algorithmically across most cryptocurrency exchanges and trading platforms, as well as support high profile blockchain projects and traditional financial institutions moving into crypto.

Culturally, we combine the best traits of both trading companies and technology startups. As a trading company, we manage hundreds of millions in assets, trade more than $6B+/day across dozens of trading platforms and are highly profitable in doing so. As a technology startup, we build, innovate and move incredibly fast, we create best-in-class liquidity products that create more efficient markets. We believe that traditional finance has to change and we are on a mission to define and build the decentralized future of finance.

Wintermute is a hyper-growth highly profitable proprietary trading business. We are backed by top tier global venture capital investors such as Lightspeed (, Pantera Capital (, Sino Global Capital (, Ventures (, Avon Ventures by Fidelity Investments (, DeFi Alliance ( and others. Learn more about our team and culture on our website and Evgeny’s post here (

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