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Daily Authority: 😮 FTX CEO tells all
☔ Happy Friday! Today is one of the dozen or so rainy days we get a year here in Andalucia. I guess I’ll try to enjoy it!
Sam Bankman-Fried spills the beans
If you’ve been following anything about the crypto world, you’ve heard about the spectacular collapse of the crypto exchange FTX, which filed for bankruptcy earlier this week. The former CEO, Sam Bankman-Fried, was a major crypto celebrity and spokesperson, but his reputation was transformed into yet another crypto hype scammer overnight. To get his perspective on it, Vox managed to get ahold of SBF on Twitter, with some interesting reveals.
- First of all, it’s highly irregular for someone under federal investigation to talk to reporters, but here we are. Welcome to crypto.
- SBF is obviously used to talking to reporters, and he remained remarkably candid.
- Although he had previously pushed for better crypto regulation, he revealed that that was mostly for PR.
- Essentially, he doesn’t think regulators are capable of protecting consumers, either in crypto or the traditional financial world.
- In his words, “f**k regulators.”
- A big part of SBF’s image was tied to the ethical use of money, but now he admits that it was largely PR.
- His goal was to build up his own reputation in order to help legitimize his business, which, to be fair, was largely successful.
- Until it wasn’t.
- Again, in his own words, he called it “this dumb game we woke westerners play where we say all the right shiboleths (sic) and so everyone likes us.”
- He does, at least, feel bad for all of the people who lost their money. All $8 billion of it.
On what happened
- As for how his companies FTX and Alameda Research lost all the money, he said, “sometimes life creeps up on you.”
- He claims he thought Alameda had enough collateral to cover the money it borrowed (and hedged, and lost) from FTX.
- He also says that he didn’t realize the extent of the company’s messy accounting “until a few weeks ago.”
- This is the subject of ongoing litigation, so we’ll all find out exactly what happened soon.
- SBF admits that he made some huge mistakes. A lot of huge mistakes.
- But his biggest regret is filing for bankruptcy.
- Why? Well, he prides himself on his ability to fundraise, and he still seems to think he can raise the $8 billion his company owes in the next two weeks.
- He has been successful here in the past, of course, but the actual amount of money he managed to raise in the years before the collapse was closer to 1.9 billion, as per a report in the Wall Street Journal.
- In other words, don’t hold your breath if FTX owes you money.
- If you’re thinking of getting into crypto or just learning about how it all works, we have a guide for that. You can also find out everything you need to know about cryptocurrency wallets, absorb our glossary of common cryptocurrency terms, or check out our pick of the best crypto wallets for Android.
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Au revoir 🥐,
Nick Fernandez, Editor.