Embattled FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) wanted to close down his other company, Alameda Research, according to an unpublished post revealed at his ongoing fraud trial.
In the extensive post shared on X by a former Alameda employee, SBF described Alameda as one of his “largest successes–and then, briefly, largest failures–and then again successes.” However, the disgraced founder wanted to shut the company because the FUD its relationship with FTX generated was “too much of a burden to justify its existence.”
While admitting he might be slightly biased, SBF stated that Alameda had “contributed a lot to the digital asset ecosystem,” pointing out that the company “contributed liquidity, of course–in markets, and stablecoins, and venture.”
“Alameda has been one piece backstopping the ecosystem.”
SBF continued that the company “has been a buyer when no one else is ready to buy–when markets are wild and volatile, and prices are crashing, and capital is scarce–whether that’s projects, tokens, or companies.” And further highlighted the company’s role in certain crypto projects like Solana and Sushiswap.
According to the thread, SBF viewed Alameda as “a large global source of liquidity, guidance, and backstopping for the entire ecosystem” even after he left.
In his post, SBF blamed unnamed competitors for spreading FUD about the relationship between FTX and Alameda to distract from their problems.
According to SBF, the actions of these competitors are “too bad for the [crypto] space.” He said:
“It’s especially galling because some competitors have internal trading desks that are an (open) secret, which specifically use confidential customer information to manipulate their own markets.”
The post further revealed that SBF had plans for Alameda to transition into an investment firm and an infrastructure developer.
Alameda’s relationship with FTX proved to be the undoing of the once-great SBF-led crypto empire. The companies filed for bankruptcy last year after the exchange suffered a bank run.
The ongoing trial has revealed that SBF orchestrated the misappropriation of FTX customers’ funds. Insiders at the exchange, like Gary Wang, FTX co-founder, and Caroline Ellison, the former CEO of Alameda, have testified that Alameda enjoyed special privileges at the defunct exchange and that SBF established the systems that facilitated the fraudulent operations.
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