Paul L. Chou

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Paul L. Chou
Occupation Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder
Employer LedgerX
LinkedIn Profile

Paul L. Chou is the chief executive officer and co-founder of LedgerX, an institutional trading and clearing platform that is awaiting regulatory approval from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to trade and clear options on bitcoin.[1]

Before assuming that position, Chou co-founded and ran Opez, a software venture which was funded in 2011 by the Y Combinator program, a startup accelerator fund which has sponsored Dropbox, Reddit and Airbnb.

In January of 2016 the CFTC appointed him to their committee of technology advisers ahead of their first meeting of 2016, which was also the first to focus on Blockchain technology.[2]


Before starting Opez, Chou was a trader on the quantitative cash trading desk within the securities division of Goldman Sachs. Earlier in his career, he founded MX9, a software and technology consulting firm that delivered projects for companies such as Merck & Co.


He earned a B.S. in Computer Science, and simultaneously, a B.S. in Mathematics, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he worked in the Laboratory for Financial Engineering, developing models of market participant behavior and devising a new valuation method to capture the implied optionality of businesses.


  1. Paul L. Chou, CEO of LedgerX. Mondovisione.
  2. CFTC Appoints Bitcoin Expert, First 2016 Meeting Will Have Blockchain Focus. Bitcoin Magazine.