Why India needs the ‘right’ crypto regulations

Surojit Chatterjee, the Chief Product Officer (CPO) of Coinbase, who is an ex-Googler and Flipkartian, spoke at length about his journey as a product manager, his role at Coinbase, crypto opportunity in India, and more.

Good Morning,

When Surojit Chatterjee joined Coinbase last February, the biggest US crypto exchange, little did he know that in 15 months, his wealth would rise to nearly Rs 5,000 crore (or $646 million). 

In a recent conversation with Gautam Gandhi, Partner at RG Advisors, Surojit says,

“The crypto industry feels very much like the early internet days of the mid-’90s. So much to build and so early, and so much opportunity to disrupt technological, traditional industries and make people's lives better. And that's what inspires me, I've always done things that have had a massive impact.”

Surojit deep-dived into his role at Coinbase, his journey as a product manager, his past stints, industry trends, government regulations on crypto, and more

A former employee of Google and Flipkart, Surojit is the Chief Product Officer at Coinbase. His stake in Coinbase was worth about $180.8 million after its first day of trading on Nasdaq on April 14, 2021. 

He’s also set to receive share options within the next five years that are currently worth about $465.5 million, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

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Before you go, stay inspired with… 

“If India encourages innovation and entrepreneurship in digital finance and crypto, India could be the next financial hub on a global stage.”

Surojit Chatterjee, Chief Product Officer, Coinbase

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