Cardano’s Founder Charles Hoskinson Exposed for Misleading Claims About His Ph.D. Enrollment

Cardano’s (ADA) founder Charles Hoskinson got in a heated discussion on Twitter after Laura Shin, a crypto-journalist who published a book titled “Cryptopians,” uncovered information alleging that Hoskinson never enrolled in a Ph.D. program, contrary to his former claims.

The Implications of ‘Cryptopians’

After reading the book, a Twitter user criticized the author, Laura Shin, on the social media forum for portraying Hoskinson in a bad light. Hoskinson replied to the user that Shin’s book was a “great work of fiction.”

Shin later shot back, replying to Hoskinson with some receipts that showcase the Cardano founder’s apparent lack of honesty regarding some of his claims, particularly about his level of education.

According to Hoskinson’s description of the book, Cryptopians is a “great work of fiction. Tough market to beat George R.R. Martin and Tolkien, but we wish her well”.

Shin later replied to Hoskinson, asking him to address the discrepancies between his claims of dropping out of a Ph.D. program, and the school’s assertions that Hoskinson was enrolled as an undergrad.

This sparked mixed reactions across Twitter, with some users criticizing Hoskinson, while others defend his reputation.

On the Flipside

  • This exposé of Charles Hoskinson is not too serious and ultimately does not diminish any of his developments or contributions to the crypto industry.

Why You Should Care

Misleading information and lies are never to be applauded, however, the Cardano blockchain platform is founded on peer-reviewed research and is developed through evidence-based methods, which means that none of Hoskinson’s personal history detracts from the worthiness or value of the project.


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