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Solana: Why this exec is worried about ‘easy money’ memecoin presales

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CryptoQuant CEO Ki Young Ju’s worries grow amid meme coin pre-sales surge on Solana.

Are the rising memecoin presales on Solana a cause for concern?

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Amidst a surge in the popularity of meme coins, Ki Young Ju, CEO of CryptoQuant, has raised red flags about the increasing prevalence of meme coin pre-sales, particularly within the Solana [SOL] blockchain ecosystem. 

This concern comes as meme coins like “Slerf” gain traction, along with the recent pre-sale of “areyoustupid.sol,” prompting a notable rise in Solana’s transaction fees and overall on-chain activity.

He noted

“If you say memecoins are good for this industry, you must be a newbie who hasn’t experienced the side effects of easy money.

Are meme coins a global lottery? 

Ki Young Ju delved deeper into the potential ramifications of meme coins on the broader cryptocurrency ecosystem and expressed,

“It’s frustrating to see billion-dollar-cap memecoins overshadow hardworking teams building legit products to advance this industry.”

Drawing parallels to the 2018 initial coin offering (ICO) bubble, Ju cautioned against strategies focused solely on quick gains, emphasizing their failure to contribute to the overall progress of the industry.

He added

“Easy money can’t drive industry-wide progress, as shown by the 2018 ICO burst.”

With suggestions likening meme coins to a “global lottery” attracting a new user base, Ju raised pertinent questions about their intrinsic value and societal impact.

He highlighted similarities to the speculative and often fruitless nature of many ICOs during the 2018 period.

He added,

“Would you risk losing money to enter the crypto space? Moreover, considering the “shitcoins” from the 2018 ICOs, which was basically a casino, did they contribute any societal value?” 

Challenges amidst growing fascination 

The growing fascination with memecoin pre-sales has brought forth a slew of challenges and controversies. 

While exchanges like Binance embraced the meme coin trend, OKX took a cautious approach, refraining from listing new tokens. 

A member of the Electra Protocol community urged OKX to list XEP, highlighting OKX’s commitment to research and listing valuable utility tokens. 

To which Star Xu, OKX CEO, replied, 

“We don’t accept pitching for listing, we research potential projects from the market and keep to track the performance of the tokens for long time.” 

These developments underscore the need for caution and discernment in the increasingly popular memecoin space, as well as the importance of maintaining network efficiency and stability amidst heightened activity.


Ishika is a graduate of Political Science from the University of Delhi. From writing content as a hobby to now pursuing it as a professional career, she has been living and breathing content all her life. Her interests lie in making sure articles are very digestible to a common reader, despite all its technicalities and jargons.
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