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Ripple’s CTO Explains Decision to Invest in Ethereum Pre-ICO During ETH Gate Controversy


Ripple CTO’s Early Investment in Ethereum and ETH Gate Controversy Explained

Ripple’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO), David Schwartz, recently made headlines with his revelations about his early investment in Ethereum (ETH) and the reasons behind it. In a candid exchange with a user on X, Schwartz disclosed how he acquired 40,000 Ethereum when the price was just $1, only to sell it all for $40,000 to install solar panels in a house he no longer owns. Little did he know that the investment would skyrocket by over 250,000%, reaching a value of over $100 million, resulting in significant losses for him.

Schwartz attributed his initial investment in Ethereum to a personal connection with Vitalik Buterin, ETH’s co-founder, who invited him to participate in the project. Despite the massive missed opportunity, Schwartz stated that he saw it as a way to support an acquaintance without asking too many questions.

The disclosure comes amidst a heated exchange between Schwartz and Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson over the controversial “ETH Gate” theory. While Hoskinson dismissed claims of Ethereum’s influence on regulatory bodies as conspiracy theories, Schwartz pointed to the relationship between former SEC official William Hinman and Ethereum as evidence of potential conflicts of interest and regulatory impartiality.

The ongoing feud between Schwartz and Hoskinson highlights the tensions within the cryptocurrency community regarding the role of Ethereum in shaping regulatory outcomes and its impact on rival projects like Ripple’s XRP. As the debate continues, it remains to be seen how these revelations will impact the future of the cryptocurrency landscape.


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