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Crypto Pioneer Criticizes FTX CEO SBF for Damaging Industry Credibility

• FTX declared bankruptcy in the fall of 2020 after not having enough reserves to cover client withdrawals.
• Emin Gün Sirer, CEO and founder of Ava Labs, believes that the damage done by Sam Bankman-Fried’s actions is immeasurable as they have pushed the industry back.
• Sam Bankman-Fried was arrested and charged with fraud and money laundering for suspected misappropriation of billions of dollars in client funds.

Collapse of FTX

Last autumn, FTX declared bankruptcy since it did not have sufficient reserves of client funds to satisfy withdrawals, damaging the credibility and trustworthiness of the young crypto industry.

Ava Labs CEO Criticizes Former FTX CEO SBF

Emin Gün Sirer, CEO and founder of Ava Labs, has seen digital assets blossom from nothing into its current state. He also claims to have made significant efforts to promote blockchain education by informing lawmakers and holding seminars. The collapse of FTX last autumn was a bad omen for the crypto sector according to Sirer who believes that all the hard work building goodwill over many years has been usurped by SBF’s “boy genius act”.

Charges Against SBF

Sam Bankman-Fried rose to prominence when digital asset values plummeted last summer but later faced a public perception shift against him when his firm collapsed in November 2020. He was subsequently arrested and slapped with several charges for suspected misappropriation of billions of dollars in client funds including fraud and money laundering which he pled not guilty too last week.

Damaging Effect on Crypto Industry

Sirer said he is kept up by the prospect of how far Bankman-Fried pushed the industry back, how this might be extremely awful for anyone linked with crypto due to changing regulatory circles and how much damage has been done that is immeasurable.


The fall of FTX caused a huge pushback in the crypto industry that damaged its credibility and trustworthiness, according to Ava Labs CEO Emin Gun Sirer who criticized former FTX CEO SBF for his actions leading up to it. Sam Bankman-Fried was subsequently charged with fraud and money laundering for misappropriation of billions which has raised concerns about those linked with cryptocurrency due to changing regulations .

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