Some challenged whether the multi-billion dollar venture capital firm did enough due diligence on FTX prior to investment.
The co-founder of asset management firm Paradigm says they feel “deep regret” for having invested in FTX amid recent revelations involving FTX, Alameda Research, and Sam Bankman-Fried.
In a Twitter post on Nov. 15, Matt Huang, co-founder and managing partner of Paradigm said the firm is “shocked” by the revelations surrounding the two companies and their founder, adding:
“We feel deep regret for having invested in a founder and company who ultimately did not align with crypto’s values and who have done enormous damage to the ecosystem.”
Paradigm is a crypto and Web3-focused venture capital firm based in San Francisco. In April reports suggested the firm’s assets under management totaled approximately $13.2 billion.
In Nov. 2021, the firm announced a $2.5 billion New Venture Fund, which dethroned Andreesen Horowitz’s (a16z) as the largest venture fund in crypto.
Huang said that Paradigm’s equity investment in FTX only constituted “a small part of our total assets,” adding that it has now written its FTX investment down to $0.
Facts are still coming to light, and there will be many lessons to learn. We feel deep regret for having invested in a founder and company who ultimately did not align with crypto’s values and who have done enormous damage to the ecosystem.
— Matt Huang (@matthuang) November 15, 2022
He also assured that the firm has never traded on FTX or has ever invested in tokens linked to the exchange, including FTX Token (FTT), Serum token (SRM), Maps.ME Token (MAPS), or the Oxygen Protocol token (OXY).
“We never traded on FTX and did not have any assets on the exchange. We have never been investors in related tokens such as FTT, SRM, MAPS, or OXY.”
Since posting the tweet, a number of Twitter users challenged whether the firm did enough due diligence prior to investing in FTX.
you guys made a bad bet. you didn’t do your due diligence. and your endorsement led others to believe in & support the fraud that was SBF/FTX
that was very bad, and i hope you’ll strive to do better
but i respect taking the L and publicly owning up to it. that is the right move
— DCinvestor.eth ⌐◨-◨ (@iamDCinvestor) November 15, 2022
Speaking to Cointelegraph, CK Zheng, co-founder of digital assets hedge fund ZX Squared Capital reflected that in hindsight, many venture capital firms may not have done the proper due diligence on FTX and its executive team, commenting:
“They don’t have a very good governance process, don’t have a board. It’s basically a one-man show.”
“I’m sure when a young company starts to build the company with sophisticated technology […] I can see how things can go bad quickly if they don’t have a good understanding of the technology married with finance.”
“Obviously, they’re smart in one aspect, but they’re running a $32 billion company is very different than, you know, when you manage a small company,” he added.
Investors to have recently marked down their FTX investments include Sequoia Capital, which wrote off its roughly $210 million investment on Nov. 10, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, which invested $95 million in the crypto exchange, and SoftBank Group Corp., which is expected to write down a nearly $100 million investment.