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LTC Creator Says It’s Silly Not Having LTC Just Because He Doesn’t

Charlie Lee, the creator of Litecoin, shows no regrets for having sold all his LTCs. So he told LauraShin in an interview for the Ep. 116 of her podcast “Unchained”.

Laura Shin Hosts the "Unchained" Podcast, and recently interviewed Litecoin (LTC) Creator
Laura Shin Hosts the “Unchained” Podcast

Charlie Lee has been harshly criticized for selling his tokens in 2017 when LTC was in the midst of a bulllish trend that led it to reach ATHs. This decision led many analysts and enthusiasts to accuse Lee of not trusting his own project.

However, Lee has replied on many occasions that
he did so to free himself from the pressure inherent to market volatility in
order to have more time and willingness to concentrate on the development of
Litecoin at the technological level and as an ecosystem.

The Creator of Litecoin was blunt in his
response. He commented that from his point of view, it is very immature to not
buy or trade LTC under the excuse that he sold his tokens:

If you’re not holding onto Litecoin because I don’t have any, then your reason for holding and using Litecoin is just silly to begin with.

Although this happened two years ago, and Charlie Lee was completely transparent with the community, it seems that the sale of tokens is a burden he will have to deal with throughout his life, as his followers do not seem to forget or accept this fact.

The Creator of Litecoin (LTC) Is Not The Only One Who Sold His Tokens

This phenomenon does not exclusively affect
Charlie Lee, however, the community has been tougher on him than on other known
influencers who have done the same.

Recently, David Schwartz, Ripple CTO, received harsh criticism after selling large amounts of XRP. One user commented that this was a clear bearish flag, pointing out it was suspicious that Schwartz was selling XRP at such a low price.

However, unlike what happened to Lee, with
Schwartz much of the XRP Army came in his defense, going so far as to attack
the twitter user who shared this information.

Unlike Lee, Schwartz explained to the community that his motives were oriented towards a “de-risking strategy”, pointing out that having almost all his patrimony invested exclusively in XRP was dangerous for his future and that of his family and that there is no trader who recommends following this practice no matter how bullish a certain good is at the moment.

Lee spoke about other things, however one of
the most curious moments was when he explained that crypto currencies could not
be compared with traditional financial services because they have very
different characteristics:

Litecoin is both a store of value and a payment method. So you can’t compare that to Visa, which is not a store of value. Plus, you can’t compare cryptocurrency marektcaps with businesses.

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Litecoin Creator Bullish on Bitcoin, Advises Buying 1 BTC

Litecoin (LTC)–Litecoin creator, managing director of the Litecoin Foundation, and frequent media figure Charlie Lee has been a mainstay in the industry of cryptocurrency going back to the beginning of the decade. After graduating from MIT with a degree in Computer Science, Lee took the road to Silicon Valley and worked as an engineer with Google for most of the 2000s, including writing code for the Chrome OS.

In 2011, Lee became interested in Bitcoin, which led to part of his time at Google being spent working on developments related to blockchain. By the end of the year, he had created a fork of Bitcoin, which became the currency we know today as Litecoin. The idea behind Litecoin was simple: improve upon the groundwork laid by Bitcoin, and create a similar cryptocurrency that would serve as the perfect “testing ground” for BTC and crypto innovation. Lee focused on improving the transaction utility of Bitcoin, creating a currency with shorter confirmations, leading to faster transfer speeds and lower mining fees. In addition, he raised the max supply of the currency to four times that of Bitcoin, providing more liquidity to the market in addition to keeping the price per coin lower.

While Lee has been a strong proponent of his offspring currency, he has also maintained a role as a figure of authority and information in the space of cryptocurrency. After leaving Google in 2013, Lee took a position with U.S.-based exchange Coinbase, which eventually led to Litecoin being listed on their limited supply of cryptocurrencies (Lee contends he did not directly influence Coinbase’s decision to list LTC). Given his close relationship with both Litecoin and the cryptocurrency community, he shocked the industry last December when he announced he had sold his entire holding of LTC. Citing a conflict of interest in promoting Litecoin and LTC news, Lee argued that removing himself from a monetary relationship with the coin was in the best interest for its future.

“[W]henever I tweet about Litecoin price or even just good or bads news, I get accused of doing it for personal benefit. So in a sense, it is conflict of interest for me to hold LTC and tweet about it because I have so much influence.”

Instead, the market reacted as expected, sharply declining from an all time high of 370 USD before steadily dropping throughout 2018’s prolonged bear cycle.

Lee has continued to make headlines in the crypto space by making regular appearances on traditional media outlets, promoting the potential of cryptocurrency despite its volatility, and his continued efforts to support LTC through his position with the Litecoin Foundation. However, today Lee made a direct appeal to cryptocurrency investors by reminding them of the scarcity involved in Bitcoin, in addition to the wisdom of buying BTC over altcoins. Speaking in a Twitter post, the LTC Founder recommended all investors secure a full Bitcoin before looking to other currencies,

“There will be at most 21 million bitcoins in existence. There isn’t even enough BTC to go around for EVERY millionaire to own one. So before you buy any other coin (LTC included), try to own at least 1 BTC first. Once you have 1 BTC, buy all the s**tcoins you want!”

It’s not a surprise to hear Charlie Lee be bullish on the outlook of Bitcoin–he has been an industry supporter for many years which includes backing BTC–but it is surprising his investment advice neglects promoting his own currency at the expense of Bitcoin. However, this also reveals why much of the industry of crypto has found Charlie to be such an endearing figure: he has regularly put what is best for the industry ahead of his own promotion.