Binance CEO Blasts VCs and Calls ICOs 'Necessary'



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Zhao Changpeng, the CEO of popular crypto exchange Binance, said that the initial coin offering (ICO) model is preferred to venture capital - even with the risk of fraud.

In a blog post published Monday entitled “ICOs – Not Just ‘Good-to-Have,’ But Necessary,” the Binance chief took aim at the VC world, notably writing that he believes “raising money through ICOs is about 100 times easier than through traditional VCs, if not more.”

It’s a notable statement, considering Binance’s position as one of the world’s largest crypto exchanges. Nor is it perhaps surprising, given its 2017 token sale as well as the exchange’s recent spat with U.S. VC firm Sequoia. As reported previously by CoinDesk, Zhao was sued by Sequoia in Hong Kong for allegedly speaking to other investors while in talks about a possible capital injection to the firm.

In the blog post, Zhao argued that “a vast majority of ‘professional VCs’ have no clue about the projects or field they invest in.”

“Many of them have zero startup experience and don’t even have a basic understanding of the technologies involved their fields,” Zhao went on to write. And despite admitting ICOs result in failure or outright fraud, Zhao still believes that “compared to ‘traditional VC invested projects,’ a larger ratio of ICO projects will succeed.”

What’s more, he argued that most of those putting their money in such tokens are aware that they may not succeed in the long run.

“Most ICOs are new startup projects, and have a high rate of failure, just like in traditional startups. This is nothing new. Most ICO investors already know this. ICO investors are early adopters (and learners),” later concluding:

“The faster movers will reap exponential benefits. Don’t get left behind.”



  1. Most VC’s have no idea what they are doing in blockchain. But they wouldn’t be VC’s if they did not know about how to put a successful business together.
  2. Most blockchainers have no idea what it takes to run a business. But they wouldn’t be blockchainers if they didn’t know their technologies inside and out.
  3. His comments about VC’s strike me as self-serving - Blockchainers seem to want huge one-time ICO paydays. VC’s say “not so fast you haven’t shown me anything that’s worth what you want”. The scammy blockchainers go away unhappy but the ones who want to build something useful play along knowing that this will not be their first bite at the apple.


VC = Rich get richer
ICO = Lay man have the opportunity to strike gold.


Firefight, remember that there is only one route for the laypeople to do well in cryptocurrency: hope that the ICO coin prices go up. When you are a VC you get a double bite at the apple: cheap coins plus equity in the company.