With the most engaging profile, Zhao changpeng, CEO of Binance is again ranked 1st among the 100 most influential people in crypto 2019 ranked by Cryptoweekly. The list counts 100 plus individuals that are involved in the crypto community over the past year.
It began with Vitalik’s “burn in hell” comment for centralized exchanges
Among the initial 10 names, along with CZ, the list presented Coinbase’s Brian, Ethereum’s Vitalik, Gemini’s Tyler Winklevoss, Ripple’s Brad Garlinghouse, Roger Ver, Barry Silbert, Jihan Wu, Michael Novogratz, and Adam Back. However, the other renowned faces of the industry including, Tron’s Justin Sun, John McAfee, Charlie Lee, Cameron Winklevoss Bobby Lee, Anthony Pompliano, Vinny Lingham and many other comes down the scroll.
While the announcement may excite all those personalities appeared in the list, CZ’s sense of gratitude to be the first in the list again was quite interesting. The latest tweet of CZ quietly mocks at Vitalik Buterin’s statements so far.
Wow, honored to be first again. I honestly don't think I am more influential than many of the guys on the list, like Vitalik, etc. I just say my mind and talk random sh!t most of the time. Well, Vitalik also says sh!t sometimes, like wishing people to burn in hell. lol… https://t.co/JbqQMf0OB9
— CZ Binance (@cz_binance) January 16, 2019
Again this tweet of CZ pointed out the Vitalik Buterin’s comment in an interview with Jon Evans at Techcrunch session in July 2018 where he criticized centralized exchanges.
“I definitely hope centralized exchanges go burn in hell as much as possible.”
As Coingape reported earlier, this conversation between CZ and Vitalik Buterin has been heated up when in response to it, CZ tweeted:
Got asked a few times, re: “Vitalik’s burn in hell”.
Let’s not wish others to "burn in hell". Let’s have a bigger heart, and appreciate the fact that we are part of an eco-system… pic.twitter.com/4QYGKus0Gk
— CZ Binance (@cz_binance) July 10, 2018
Although CZ is quite vocal about what he feels, and consequently, his tweet of gratefulness towards cryptoweekly, but there seems nothing from Vitalik’s side yet. Many of CZ’s fans congratulated him whilst pointing out what he actually wants to indicate – one of such user points;
Hahaha.. You rock CZ. Your sense of humor is impressive to all of us. It's a great asset than anything else???
— Brahma (@Bhramma5) January 16, 2019
Further early today, CZ silently trolled the hacked incident of Cryptopia (but by not naming it anywhere in his tweet) as a way to promote ‘Binance DEX’. Although at first he draws fire on himself since the tweet didn’t indicate ‘DEX promo’ but after the backlash, he had to backtrack. CZ then quickly took Twitter and cleared his viewpoint, explaining that;
Some people seems to misread this tweet. It lists 3 options. It does not say which option is better than another, as that depends on each persons security skill, preference, fund allocation, etc.
Most importantly, it is an ad for the #BinanceDEX. My bad for not making it clear.
— CZ Binance (@cz_binance) January 15, 2019
It clearly indicates Vitalik’s sentiments about centralized exchanges and that being a centralized exchange himself he didn’t like it much. Do you think Vitalik was right in calling centralized exchanges to “burn in hell”?