Binance is an exchange that hosts crypto-to-crypto trades. This means that they do not accept real-world money, such as U.S Dollars (USD) or Euros (EUR). The exchange was first created in 2017 and was originally located in China. However, as cryptocurrency laws are very strict in China, the exchange has since moved to Japan, a country that loves digital currency!
The man who created Binance is called Changpeng Zao, however, he is well known as CZ. Interestingly, CZ used to build some of the trading systems that are used in the Tokyo stock exchange. I guess he used this experience to help make Binance what it is today!
Before Binance opened their exchange, they raised money through an initial coin offering (ICO). This is very similar to crowdfunding, where people can invest to help a company get started.
However, an ICO is still different, as people invest cryptocurrency instead of real-world money. The Binance ICO raised the equivalent of $15 million, and in return, they gave investors their own cryptocurrency token, which is named the Binance Coin (BNB). Even though it’s called Binance “Coin”, it is actually a token, which is built on the Ethereum blockchain.