Today, we are talking to a reader who has made a fortune through crypto investing. However, there have been some stomach-churning reversals.
Why it matters: Crypto is often spoken of as a democratizing opportunity, yet regular people seldom see the stories of non-professionals placing bets in the space. Here is one.
Details: Darragh Grove White, a Canadian marketing technologist, is on the leading edge. But, he took some hard hits.
“I made many mistakes. I’ve had crypto exchanges take my money,” he tells Axios.
He was among many Canadians who lost their luck when Gerald Cotten, the founder of QuadrigaCX, died (?). India.
State of play: Grove-White is one of the fortunate ones. According to his account, he has made a complete turnaround since Quadriga’s loss. He’s up around 11x on his principal, though there have been wild oscillations in that number recently.
Axios has confirmed the success of his portfolio.
The scoreboard: He has invested in over 180 coins, his first three purchases being bitcoin, Monero (a privacy coin — that trade is still down) and Verge, a coin with salacious affiliations.
He said, “I’ve had some that did really well and even less that I thought would do well.”
The largest loss was caused by a token that was right in its idea (blockchain financing), but was wrong at the wrong time. His greatest win was his lucky guess as to which solution to Ethereum’s speed issues would be most popular with users.
Context: While he only got into crypto in 2018 (a bear market year), he had some advantages. He is a lot more technical than the average person, given his day job.
That has worked to his advantage. “I’m just super curious,” he explained. In crypto, it’s not enough just to read and watch charts. A person needs to get in to understand it, he contends.
Be smart: Having been in for four years, he sees new arrivals come in waves. You can spot the new investors on Twitter and Discord — they are always looking to make a quick buck.
He said, “This latest cohort of noobs was their on-ramp the Wall Street Bets experience.” “Meme coins are a popular investment option for a lot of the n00bs. They invest like it’s a bit of a joke.”
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