Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), the former CEO of FTX, tweeted on November 23 that he intended to speak with Andrew Ross Sorkin at the annual New York Times Dealbook Summit on November 30.
The former FTX CEO may present in person or virtually, according to the reaction to SBF’s tweet, which attracted a lot of attention.
After SBF revealed he will be talking alongside Andrew Ross Sorkin at this year’s Dealbook Summit, there was no shortage of criticism.
One person sarcastically tweeted on that day that if Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) intended to attend this year’s Dealbook Summit, he would “certainly [be] stopping by” in response to the harshly criticized New York Times (NYT) piece about SBF sleeping better and playing video games.
Coincidentally, SBF is still listed as attending the conference, and he intends to speak there, per a tweet he published on Wednesday.
The previous CEO of FTX tweeted, “I’ll be speaking with [Andrew Ross Sorkin] at the @dealbook summit next Wednesday (11/30).” SBF received criticism for being able to attend the NYT event as soon as he posted the tweet.
How did this man steal billions of dollars and speak at a summit as a free man, wondered the Twitter user @wsbchairman?
When the Twitter account @fintwit claimed that Bernie Madoff was caught in 2008 within 24 hours of his scam being discovered, someone responded to SBF and claimed that Madoff wasn’t as lucky. Sam Bankman-Fried will attend the NY Times Dealbook Summit in 2022 following the exposure of his scam.
Many individuals responded to SBF’s tweet in a critical manner and questioned why the former CEO of FTX was permitted to speak at such an event.
Other conference speakers include Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, TikTok CEO Shou Chew, U.S. Treasury secretary Janet Yellen, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, and former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, according to the NYT Dealbook Summit event program.
Sorkin, the originator of Dealbook and an NYT columnist, will be the event’s host on November 30. According to Sorkin, who is mentioned on the event website, “every year, we bring together the most influential people at the nexus of business, policy, and culture that are shaping society.”
Only the persons SBF follows or references in his tweets can react, and his tweets have a special privacy option that restricts anyone else can see them. Longtime bitcoiner Bruce Fenton stated there would be a few themes that he believed people would like to hear about in response to SBF’s post.
It would be helpful to know: “This is the key issue far more than margin difficulties [and] is being brushed off. When/how you chose to take customer cash [and] use them as collateral for the loan. Fenton continued, “More on the process of political donations [and] what those conversations are like behind closed doors.”
A Dealbook NYT piece titled “Inside Sam Bankman-Quest Fried’s to Win Friends and Influence People” also includes a mention of SBF.
The post mentions SBF’s “philanthropic arm” and “charitable contributions,” per the Dealbook Twitter feed. Many people who disagreed with the way the NYT was covering SBF were equally vocal in Dealbook’s tweet.
“Sam Bankman-Fried is a thief who stole billions from his consumers,” one person said.
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