Vitalik Buterin Sees Value in Meme Coins: Looking Past the Hype

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin weighs in on the meme coin craze, acknowledging both its fun and its flaws.

Vitalik Butterin pointing at some memecoin in a crazy looking landscape.
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  • Meme coins have held user appeal for fun and community despite their volatility and criticism.
  • Vitalik Buterin has explored the possibility of “good meme coins” that contribute positively to causes.
  • Buterin has suggested a more critical approach for users to find meme coins aligned with their values.

The cryptocurrency space continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with new projects and trends emerging constantly. One such trend, meme coins, has garnered significant attention in recent years, with Dogecoin’s meteoric rise in 2021 being a prime example. 

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These meme coins, often inspired by internet jokes and featuring little to no underlying utility, have also faced criticism for their volatility, lack of innovation, and even offensive content. Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of Ethereum, the world’s second-largest blockchain network, has finally shared his thoughts on the ongoing meme coin frenzy. 

While acknowledging the potential downsides, Buterin also recognizes the appeal of meme coins. He highlights the “fun” aspect that attracts users and the sense of community and accessibility they often provide. Buterin doesn’t shy away from the negative aspects. 


He points to the prevalence of “rug pulls,” where developers abandon a project after an initial pump in price, leaving investors with worthless tokens. Additionally, some recent meme coins on the Solana network have been slammed for containing offensive content.

However, Buterin doesn’t advocate simply dismissing the entire meme coin phenomenon.  Instead, he ponders the possibility of “good meme coins” that contribute positively to the ecosystem. He cites examples like “GiveWell Inu,” which donated to a charity evaluator, and “Fable of the Dragon Tyrant,” which supports anti-aging research projects.  

Vitalik Buterin on Value and Community

Even the highly popular Dogelon Mars falls into this category, with Buterin’s own donation to a longevity research foundation fostering a strong connection between the two communities. Buterin acknowledges the limitations of charitable meme coins.


The core appeal of meme coins lies in potential price appreciation, accessibility, and entertainment value. Donating a large portion of a coin’s supply to charity could undermine these factors.

Looking forward, Buterin suggests a more nuanced approach. He encourages users to find meme coin communities that align with their values and personalize their experience within the meme coin space. This, he argues, proves more effective than a blanket rejection of the entire trend, which may push people away and hinder the potential for positive change.

On the Flipside

  • Social media hype and celebrity endorsements can inflate meme coin prices, creating bubbles vulnerable to crashes and hurting investors.
  • Rug pulls and other scams are unfortunately common in the meme coin space, leading to significant investor losses.

Why This Matters

Vitalik Buterin’s balanced perspective on meme coins offers a crucial step towards responsible participation in this sector. By acknowledging their fun, social aspects while highlighting potential pitfalls and advocating for impactful projects, Buterin encourages users to navigate the meme coin space critically.

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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.