Ethereum’s Vitalik Labels Memecoins as “Way Over-Invested”

Vitalik Buterin believes some areas of crypto infrastructure are overhyped and others neglected, and calls for a shift in focus.

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  • Vitalik Buterin has raised concerns about cryptocurrency sector overinvestment, prompted by a memecoin discussion.
  • Buterin has argued that the term “infrastructure” encompasses a diverse range of projects.
  • Buterin has highlighted several areas of crypto infrastructure that he believes are under-invested.

While memecoins like Shiba Inu, Dogecoin, and Pepe have seen a surge in value recently, with all four registering gains of over 60% in the last seven days, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin has taken to Twitter to express his concerns about overinvestment in certain areas of the cryptocurrency space.

Buterin Offers View on “Dogcoins”

Buterin’s comments come in response to a tweet by Roko Mijic, who lamented the “extremely lacking” state of crypto infrastructure, leading to the resurgence of “dogcoins.” Buterin acknowledged that he previously agreed with Mijic’s assessment, arguing that public goods infrastructure suffers from under-investment due to inherent economic disincentives.

However, Buterin now argues that the issue is more nuanced. He suggests that “infrastructure” encompasses diverse projects, some exhibiting public good characteristics, while others are essentially “zero-sum network effect grabbing games.” 

Buterin Highlights Areas Needing More Attention 

He believes certain categories within the infrastructure space are experiencing significant overinvestment while others remain critically neglected. Buterin goes on to highlight several examples of under-invested infrastructure areas:

  • Scalable and verifiable naming systems on Layer 2 solutions: This would allow for user-friendly, decentralized naming systems on Ethereum’s scaling solutions.
  • Improved methods for verifying user identity and community membership: While acknowledging the progress made by Gitcoin Passport, Buterin sees potential for further advancements in user experience within this domain.
  • Enhanced security measures for decentralized application (dApp) supply chains: This would bolster the security of smart contracts and the applications built upon them.
  • Development of a fully decentralized, token-less protocol for instant cross-Layer 2 token transfers: This would facilitate seamless and secure token movement across different scaling solutions.
  • Establishment of institutional frameworks for social recovery and multi-signature wallets: This would provide secure mechanisms for users to regain access to their wallets in case of loss or compromise.
  • Advancements in privacy-preserving technologies: This includes improvements to association set providers for privacy pools and zk-SNARKs for anonymous voting.
  • Standardized on-chain decryption keys: This would streamline the management of encryption keys and improve compatibility with existing solutions.

By highlighting these under-invested areas, Buterin aims to spark a broader conversation about prioritizing infrastructure development within the cryptocurrency ecosystem. He emphasizes the need to move beyond the hype surrounding memecoins and focus on building the foundational elements crucial for the long-term sustainability and growth of the crypto space.

On the Flipside

  • While Buterin highlights the potential drawbacks of overinvestment in memecoins, they can also serve as gateways for new users entering the crypto space and fostering a sense of community.
  • Determining which infrastructure areas deserve the most focus can be complex, with no universally agreed-upon answer.

Why This Matters

Buterin’s concerns about overinvestment in memecoins and underinvestment in crucial infrastructure highlight the need for a shift in focus towards building the foundations for a sustainable and secure crypto ecosystem. This will significantly impact the future viability and adoption of cryptocurrencies.

To learn more about the US House committee’s resolution to overturn a rule seen as hindering banks from offering crypto custody, read here: 
SEC Rule Blocking Crypto Adoption Faces Congress: Here’s Why

To learn more about the recent surge in Ethereum and the positive impact it has had on Layer 2 tokens, read here: 
ETH’s $3K Success Breaths New Life into Ethereum L2 Market


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Kyle Calvert

Kyle Calvert is a cryptocurrency news reporter for DailyCoin, specializing in Ripple, stablecoins, as well as price and market analysis news. Before his current role, Kyle worked as a student researcher in the cryptocurrency industry, gaining an understanding of how digital currencies work, their potential uses, and their impact on the economy and society. He completed his Masters and Honors degrees in Blockchain Technology within Esports and Business and Event management within Esports at Staffordshire University.