• Emin Gün Sirer, CEO and founder of Ava Labs, criticized former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried for pushing the crypto industry back due to the collapse of FTX last autumn.
• Sirer has seen the digital assets business “blossom from nothing” into its current state and has made significant efforts to promote blockchain education by informing lawmakers and holding seminars.
• Bankman-Fried was detained and charged with fraud and money laundering after FTX declared bankruptcy due to lack of sufficient reserves of client funds.
Ava Labs CEO Criticizes SBF
Emin Gün Sirer, CEO and founder of Ava Labs, has criticized former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried for pushing the crypto industry back due to the collapse of FTX last autumn. According to Sirer, he has seen the digital assets business „blossom from nothing“ into its current state and had made significant efforts to promote blockchain education by informing lawmakers and holding seminars.
The fall of FTX in November last year caused a public perception shift against Bankman-Fried. The firm declared bankruptcy since it did not have sufficient reserves of client funds to satisfy withdrawals and so had to close. Bankman-Fried was subsequently detained and slapped with several charges for suspected misappropriation of billions of dollars in client funds, including fraud and money laundering. He has pled not guilty to the counts against him, and more were added against him only last week.
Sirer said he is kept up by the prospect of how far Bankman-Fried pushed the industry back, damaging the young industry’s credibility and trustworthiness saying it will take many years for them build up that goodwill again. Moreover, he stated that all of this damage is immeasurable as it took a lot hard work just get where they are now in terms digital asset growth before this incident occurred.
Sirer expressed concern over how changing tides in regulatory circles might be extremely awful for anyone associated with crypto due this incident but hopes that something positive can still come out it if proper steps are taken at this time.
The collapse of FTX last autumn was a bad omen for the crypto sector damaging its reputation significantly as well as creating legal issues for those involved in cryptocurrency activities such as Sam Bankman-Fried who were charged with multiple counts including fraud money laundering which he pleaded not guilty too.. Despite all these issues Emin Gün Sirer remains hopeful that something good can still come out this situation if proper steps are taken soon enough either by regulators or other members within crypto community itself