Yuzo Kano quit Goldman Sachs Group Inc. twice: once for a rival bank, the second time to open Japan’s first bitcoin exchange since the collapse of Mt. Gox.
When Kano, 38, left his job as a derivatives and convertible bonds trader in December, bitcoin had climbed to a record $1,151. Three months later, it was worth half that after a $530 million heist at Tokyo-based Mt. Gox bankrupted what was once the virtual currency’s largest exchange.