December 20, 2022

Sam Bankman Fried's New York Times Interview Concludes with Backlash

Sam Bankman Fried's New York Times Interview Concludes with Backlash

Recently, Sam Bankman Fried (SBF) gave an interview to the New York Times. Since then, people have been attacking the interviewer online for not being tough enough on SBF. Bill Ackman says he thinks SBF is telling the truth, while Kevin O'Leary says he lost money as a spokesperson for FTX but also agrees. Mike Novogratz says SBF should be locked up because he is delusional. Let's take a closer look at this story.

During the interview SBF claimed that he was not responsible for the managerial mishap that led to the suspicions of fraud, but many people do not believe him. Some people think that SBF is trying to get into a less severe penalty tranche by publicly apologizing and acting like negligence was to blame. Others believe that he is simply a sociopath who enjoys putting on a show for the world.

Many are finding it hard to believe that the CEO of a company responsible for managing billions of dollars in positions had no knowledge of the size of scope of what was going on in Alameda, but nonetheless that is the stance he is taking during this press tour SBF is engaged in. Despite the advisement of his legal team, SBF feels the need to face the public onslaught and explain to the world what went wrong at FTX.

Regardless if his intentions are genuine or not, what we do know is that this event has forever tarnished crypto's reputation and has ruined the lives of many people who trusted him to operate an exchange of such scale. This is a huge blow to an industry that was already struggling to gain mainstream acceptance. Sam Bankman Fried was once seen as a shining example of what crypto could achieve. But now, he is nothing more than a cautionary tale.

Despite all of this drama it is important to remain optimistic for the future of web3 and realize that what happened to FTX is a perfect example of why the ethos of decentralization and non-custodial solutions for financial services is such a big deal. With more DeFi innovations comes a decreased need for middle men like FTX, Binance, Coinbase, and others to act as gatekeepers to the future of the digital economy.

Only time will tell how long it will take for the blockchain and cryptocurrency space to recover from this debacle, but a positive result from this scenario will likely be the acceleration of regulatory clarity in the space needed for institutional involvement.

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Isaac Matamoros aka Iman

Isaac Matamoros aka Iman

May 20, 2019