Memecoins are like a ‘risky casino’ — Andreessen Horowitz CTO


The chief technology officer (CTO) of the American venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, also known as a16z, has compared the ongoing memecoin frenzy to a “risky casino.”

a16z CTO Eddy Lazzarin said in an X post that memecoins hamper the long-term vision of crypto that has kept so many of the original builders in the space.

He added that these memecoins aren’t technically exciting or attractive to builders and alter how the public, regulators, and entrepreneurs see crypto.

“At best, it looks like a risky casino. Or a series of false promises masking a casino. This deeply affects adoption, regulation/laws, and builder behavior. I see the damage every day,” Lazzarin said.

He addressed whether memecoins can find a place in mainstream investments like other crypto assets such as Bitcoin. The raging debate on the memecoin frenzy comes amid a recent report that suggests hedge funds are being lured into memecoin investment, looking for hefty returns.

The a16z CTO received much flak from the memecoin community, who were quick to point out the venture capitalist also funds investment in nonfungible tokens which have seen prices tumble.

Source: 0xen

The memecoin frenzy this bull season has seen explosive growth and hefty returns for tokens that are barely a couple of days old.

For example, the Book of Memes (BOME) surged over 30,000% within a week of launch and garnered a billion-dollar market cap before being listed on centralized exchanges.

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Similarly, another popular memecoin, Dogwifhat (WIF), which launched in November last year, has risen to over $3 billion in market capitalization placing it in the top three memecoins.

Half a dozen memecoins have grown to gain mainstream media attention this cycle. However, that is only half the picture, as thousands of other memecoin projects have either orchestrated rug pulls or been dumped on the market right after launch.

The stories of traders turning a few hundred dollars into millions often lure hundreds of new inexperienced traders to the crypto market.

However, most traders lose money chasing that one memecoin that could turn their fortune around. Thus, just like gambling, these memecoins become a way for newcomers to try their luck.

Pro-crypto enthusiasts have voiced their opinions against memecoins saying they don’t have any use case or real-world value.

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