Three Arrows Capital CEO backtracks on Ethereum abandonment comments

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CEO and founder of hedge fund Three Arrows Capital (3AC) Zhu Su tweeted that he has “abandoned Ethereum despite supporting it in the past,” before making a U-turn on the statement. 

In the Nov. 21 thread, Su claimed that Ethereum culture “suffers massively from the Founders’ Dilemma,” and that “everyone is already far too rich to remember what they originally set out to do.” 

He has since backtracked on the statement, although the original tweet had not been removed at the time of writing. In a follow-up tweet about five hours later, he called on his followers to “work toward the same goal,” claiming “I love Ethereum and what it stands for.”

In yet another tweet about seven few hours after posting the follow-up, Su apologized and clarified that he wanted to “soften” his original statement which was written in the “heat of the moment,” and that “abandon is the wrong word.” 

“There are great teams working on scaling Eth on L2. Would’ve preferred to see eth1x roadmap. Also would’ve preferred focusing on users rather than holders welfare in upgrades,” he wrote. 

“I don’t know what the solution is. But I do know for the millions of new users coming, they should not be shamed for going to other ecosystems. Neither should devs be shamed for building on them.”

Layer-two solutions were designed to help scale Ethereum and solve the network’s high fees by handling transactions off the Mainnet, or layer 1. 

In early November, Three Arrows Capital was announced as an investor in Blizzard, a fund to promote the development of Ethereum competitor, Avalanche (AVAX). 

Following the initial tweet, AVAX pushed out Dogecoin (DOGE) from its spot as the 10th largest crypto by market capitalization, reaching a market cap of $30.32 billion. It has since fallen back down to $29.3 billion.

Su tweeted a graph of AVAX’s growth captioned “top 10” three hours before publishing the apology and retraction of his initial statement. 

The outburst appears to be in response to Synthetix creator Kain, who called out people who have “sold out in pursuit of profit maximization” in a Nov. 20 tweet.

“Remember this when they all coming flooding back into the Ethereum ecosystem once L2 scaling becomes inevitable,” Kain wrote.

Su also called for Ethereans to keep in mind decentralized finance’s initial goal “to bank the unbanked,” reminding them that in the past, Bitcoin (BTC) was criticized for its $0.05 gas fees. 

In 2014, Ethereum co-creator Vitalik Buterin said in reference to Bitcoin: “The ‘Internet of Money’ should not cost $0.05 per transaction. It’s kind of absurd.” Current Ethereum gas fees are around 0.012ETH, or $50 per transaction.”

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Derivatives exchange dYdX founder Antonio Juliano added to the discussion, saying that although Su’s tweet was “much harsher” than he would have liked, he “somewhat directionally agree[s].”

“Ethereum has not executed over the past few years. I can’t think of a single 10x useful improvement Ethereum has made in the past *4 years*.” 

Ethereum protocol developer Tim Beiko responded to one of Su’s tweets, acknowledging concerns about high gas fees and a lower amount of adoption than expected.

“A lot of smart people working on Ethereum are aware of this and spending their time trying to fix it,” he said.