We are delighted that Gemini is the Principal Partner of the 2021 Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race. Our partnership will enable the 166th Men’s and 75th Women’s races to go ahead in a safe manner, as well as fund the high performance rowing training at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and engage young people with limited access to rowing through The Gemini Boat Race Bursary Scheme. The £75,000 Bursary will provide rowing instruction and education to disadvantaged students by removing the financial barriers that often prevent them from taking part.
This is a special alliance for our company and for us personally, having competed in the 2010 Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race in the Oxford Blue Boat and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
We started rowing at the Saugatuck Rowing Club in 1997 when we met James Mangan, an Irishman who founded the club in 1990. Back then, James would show us VHS tapes of the Oxford and Cambridge race and we dreamed of one day competing at that level.
Rowing was our first foray into entrepreneurship, inspiring us to create the varsity rowing team at our high school. Our experience in rowing taught us that whether you are building yourself as an athlete or building a startup, the power of big dreams together with conviction and perseverance cannot be underestimated. This potent combination led us to row at Harvard, Oxford, the Olympics, and ultimately start Gemini, which today has over 350 employees worldwide.
Rowing instilled in us the power of aligning a team with shared principles and values for the purposes of advancing a common mission. At Gemini, we strive to move at the speed of innovation, with as much agility and velocity as possible. We are constantly in search of “swing”, that state of flow when everyone is rowing together or working together in harmony. It’s that powerful and rhythmic force that drives a rowing shell or startup towards its objective as fast, efficiently, and joyously as possible.
Our mission – to empower the individual through crypto – starts with providing you with a safe and secure platform to buy, sell, store, and earn on your crypto. After securing an E-money Institutions License from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in 2020, we launched in the United Kingdom as our first international market outside of the U.S.
We are thrilled to be combining two of our greatest passions – rowing and crypto – with our sponsorship of this historic event. In celebration, new Gemini users in the UK can sign up and trade for free for two weeks. Existing UK customers will have access to fee free recurring buys.
Onward and Upward!
Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, CEO and President, Gemini