Starting Crypto trading ErisX is expanding its board of directors as it prepares to launch spot and derivatives markets for digital assets, including bitcoins and finally ethereum.
The company announced Thursday that Joseph Lubin, founder of the ethereum development studio ConsenSys, and Cris Conde, a technology entrepreneur, joined the council. They will serve together with DRW CEO Don Wilson, Valor Equity Partners member Antonio Gracias and ErisX CEO Thomas Chippas.
In a press release, ErisX cited the experience of Lubin working in the digital goods space and his familiarity with the ethereum network (he was part of the second most important cryptocurrency team).
The company initially plans to provide bitcoin futures products at launch (though this launch may be delayed by the current US government closing), but plans to add support for future ethereum and litecoin across the board.
Jessica Darmoni, ErisX's marketing manager, told CoinDesk via e-mail that the launch of eter products remains a goal for the company, but refused to say if the company was planning to lobby or announce a future ether in the near future.
"As a general rule, we do not comment on the commitment with regulators while we are still working with them," he said.
"However, we can say that Lubin and his team bring in-depth knowledge and background on Ethereum, the cryptographic space and the symbolic space of ErisX."
ErisX CEO Thomas Chippas previously told CoinDesk that "interaction with the company's CFTC was both positive and productive" and that the company did not see the time to resume his work with the regulatory authority on its application for derivative clearing.
The scoreboard has been extended from four to five. Lubin took the new place; Conde, former CEO of software giant Sungard, will replace former board member Cliff Lewis, who had been on the board since February 2018.
Joe Lubin at Consensus 2018, photo through CoinDesk archives