- CZ’s resignation as Binance CEO signals a major shift according to Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson, who called CZ an entrepreneurial legend
- Hoskinson said CZ represented the 2nd wave of crypto innovation with Binance’s trillions in volume, but warned the regulatory landscape is changing
- With CZ agreeing to a plea deal over BSA violations, Hoskinson suggested entrepreneurs can still foster freedom while appeasing regulators via solutions like “Midnight”
Hoskinson Reflects on CZ’s Legacy
Hoskinson claimed CZ was “one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time” whose exchange became a “Leviathan” in the crypto space. He said CZ represented the second wave of innovation in crypto, facilitating trillions in trading volume.
The Changing Regulatory Landscape
However, Hoskinson warned the regulatory landscape is changing. He believes entrepreneurs can no longer operate centralized exchanges while ignoring regulations. This is leaving crypto stuck between regulators and decentralization.
The Path Forward
Hoskinson suggested entrepreneurs still have power to foster freedom while appeasing regulators. He pointed to “Midnight” as a potential solution, facilitating transactions via algorithmic law. The future may require either compliance or fully decentralized protocols.
CZ Agrees to Plea Deal
CZ recently agreed to a plea deal with the DOJ related to criminal charges over BSA violations, stepping down as CEO. His sentencing hearing is in Feb 2024. Hoskinson called CZ a friend and a good man despite his legal troubles.