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Ethereum Q&A: ICOs and Pyramid Schemes

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How do we make people more resistant to ponzi & pyramid schemes? Does regulation stop them? Is the added attention a risk for the rest of the cryptocurrency space? As long as you don’t make the mistake of stealing from the rich, regulators are not very effective at stopping scams. Scams and schemes happen in both thoroughly regulated and unregulated markets. Most of what regulators do involves restricting entrants on both sides of the market, and by consequence limiting liquidity. They will continue to happen. Most investors will have to have to experience losing money (perhaps repeatedly) in order to learn. It’s very hard to just tell them, to convince someone who’s making returns they’ve never seen in their life that they are participating in a scam which will inevitably collapse. What you definitely don’t want to do is tell investors that if they outsource decision-making and risks, they will get bailed out; that will only make them stupider.

Correction: At 0:40, I mentioned a “George Ponzi. I meant to refer to Charles (aka Carlo) Ponzi.

Chapters
0:00 What is the solution to ponzi & pyramid schemes?
2:29 Experiential learning
7:02 The biggest mistake you can make is teach investors that they do not need to make smart choices themselves

This talk took place at the Riga Art Space for the Baltic Honeybadger conference on November 25th 2017 in Riga, Latvia: https://antonopoulos.com/event/baltic-honeybadger-2017/

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ICOs and responsible investment – https://youtu.be/C8UdbvrWyvg
ICOs and financial regulation – https://youtu.be/Plu_WX3Gs8E
ICOs, disruption, and self-regulation – https://youtu.be/yfjgcI8xX3A
Scams, gambling, and regulation – https://youtu.be/fTI88YrN1UE

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