Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, the twins who won a $65m (£44m) settlement from Facebook in 2008 after accusing Mark Zuckerberg of stealing the idea, are bringing the Gemini bitcoin exchange to the UK.
"People laughed, as they always do, when something is awesome, powerful and new, but that only helped to fuel our fire," he said.
The brothers have since invested in bitcoin and bitcoin-related companies. They filed an S-1 registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the US to create the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust, an exchange traded fund designed to bring bitcoin investment exposure to main investors, and followed up by launching a bitcoin price index called WinkDex to price the fund.
The brothers went live with Gemini in the US in October 2015, allowing individuals and institutions to buy and sell bitcoin and ether for dollars.
The service was expanded to Canada earlier this month, and the brothers announced today that Gemini services have arrived in the UK.
"This is a significant and important part of Gemini's international expansion and our tireless pursuit of building a world-class digital asset exchange empire on which the sun never sets. As of today, registered customers in the UK can trade bitcoin and ether on Gemini's ETH/BTC order book," Cameron said.
This means that registered customers will be able to buy ether with bitcoin, and sell ether for bitcoin. Cameron Winklevoss said that Gemini will open its US dollar order books to UK-based customers "soon", meaning that customers will be able to buy ether or bitcoin with dollars, and sell either digital currency for dollars.
Gemini faces a number of bitcoin exchange competitors serving UK customers, including Bitstamp, Coinfloor, Coincorner and Coinbase.
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