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- Samuel's DMs leaked
- Quick Bites
- Milky Memes
SAMUEL'S DMS LEAKED
Did we want to write about FTX today? No.
Did more crazy stuff happen in the last 24 hours? You bet.
The FTX saga is the gift that keeps on giving.
The drama that keeps on drama-ing.
Just when you think it can't get any crazier... BOOM! You get punched in the mouth with more. It's one long OxiClean infomercial.
Yesterday we got our eyes on some *leaked* DMs. And everyone knows... it goes down in the DMs.
Who were the DMs between? Samuel and Kelsey Piper (writer at Vox).
Samuel talked about everything from his biggest regrets to his real thoughts about ethics.
There were a total of 22 screenshots from their convo and Kelsey released them all in her latest piece.
Here are the top 5 moments that had the Milk Man's jaw drop to the floor.
1/ Samuel on regulators
Samuel was in D.C. every week meeting with regulators. He was testifying in front of Congress, co-sponsoring bills, and becoming BFFs with politicians.
Turns out, it was all a PR stunt.
How does he really feel? "F*ck regulators"
**Milk Road P.S.A to All Regulators - Samuel is not one of us. Please don't hurt us.
I'm actually a fan of 2 regulators. Shoutout Nate Dogg & Warren G**
2/ Samuel on ethics
Saving the world.
It was all just a front for Samuel.
And would you look at that... he even created his own ethics matrix. We drew it out for you.
He later goes on to say that he had to be good at talking about ethics.
"I feel bad for those who get f*cked by it. By this dumb game we work westerners play where we say all the right shibboleths and so everyone likes us".
And there it is... Samuel saying the quiet part out loud.
3/ Samuel on doing sketchy stuff
Turns out Samuel thinks about taking money from customers the same way I think about eating Oreos.
In the moment, a row of Oreos a day seems fine.
But by the end of the month, you've gained 30 lbs and can't fit into your pants.
In this case, Samuel took a few hundred from customers. And before he knew it, he was $16b deep in theft.
4/ Samuel on investing customer funds
This is where Samuel turns into "Technically Tyler" (aka that one friend that corrects everything you say with "well, technically...")
According to Samuel, it was technically Alameda that was investing customers' funds, not FTX.
In a nutshell -
- Whenever a customer made a deposit into FTX it didn't actually go towards buying crypto
- Instead, it was wired straight to Alameda
- Alameda would use these deposits to make risky bets like leveraged trading and donate to political campaigns
Now I know what you're thinking...
Aren't FTX & Alameda the same thing? Yes. (tomato, tomahto)
So is Samuel still to blame for it all? Factually accurate.
5/ Samuel on his biggest regret
Is it taking customers' money? No.
Is it lying to everyone? Nope.
Is it growing an ugly fro? Nah.
His biggest regret is...
Filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Why? Samuel claims that if he didn't do this...
- He would've been able to raise funds
- ~70% of things would be fixed right now
- Withdrawals would be opening up in a month with "customers fully whole"
Wow. This just might take the pie for the "Craziest Convo of the Year".
And just when things couldn't get wilder, the 30-page FTX bankruptcy filing just dropped today.
- New FTX CEO: "Never in my career have I seen such a complete failure of corporate controls and such a complete absence of trustworthy financial information." (Btw, this is the same guy that worked on the Enron bankruptcy)
- Alameda lent $3b+ to Samuel (Aka fkSBF wrote a fat check to himself)
The Milk Man is no doctor. But he did just graduate from WebMD. And according to him...
Samuel shows all the signs of a sociopath.
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US House and Senate announce hearings on the FTX collapse. What have you done, Samuel?!
MILKY MEMES TO MAKE IT ALL BETTER
@SBF_FTX SBF to FTX Customers:
— boredjesse (@boredjesse)
Nov 16, 2022
@SBF_FTX inspiring stuff
— 𝟎𝐱𝐁𝐮𝐧𝐧𝐲🐰 (@BackTheBunny)
Nov 16, 2022
My pronouns: self/custody
— Lili (@Marketsbylili)
Nov 16, 2022
text from family
thanks so much SBF
— DCinvestor.eth ⌐◨-◨ (@iamDCinvestor)
Nov 12, 2022
In retrospect, he was a little too glib about safeguarding that much money 😂😂😂 twitter.com/sbf_ftx/status…
— Bruno Faviero (@Bfaviero)
Nov 16, 2022
That's a wrap for today. Stay thirsty & see ya tomorrow!
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