Scaramucci to invest in crypto firm founded by former FTX US boss
It is understood the crypto software company will enable crypto traders to create algorithmic-based strategies to access different markets.
SkyBridge Capital founder Anthony Scaramucci is investing in a crypto company founded by the former president of FTX US.
According to an email to Bloomberg, Scaramucci said he would be investing his own personal funds to support ex-FTX US president Brett Harrison’s new venture, which became known just three weeks after the collapse of crypto exchange FTX.
It is understood that the crypto software company — which doesn’t yet have a name — will enable crypto traders to create algorithmic-based strategies to access different markets — both centralized and decentralized.
It is also understood that Harrison has been seeking a fundraising target as high as $10 million for a $100 million valuation.
In a Jan. 14 tweet responding to Harrison’s lengthy thread on Sam Bankman-Fried and his time at FTX US, Scaramucci said he was “proud” to be an investor in Harrison’s new company.
Brett I am proud to be an investor in your new company. Go forward. Don’t look back. Wishing you the best.
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) January 14, 2023
Harrison replied to the tweet thanking Scaramucci, adding that “Your support and advice means the world to me. I can’t wait to work together!”
The amount of capital deployed and stake received by Scaramucci was not disclosed, however.
Harrison’s new crypto venture was first hinted at on Sept. 27, 2022, when he announced he was stepping down from his role as president of FTX US.
At the time, he said he was resigning his position as president but will remain with the exchange in an advisory role for the next few months.
“I can’t wait to share more about what I’m doing next,” he said at the time.
In his most recent Twitter thread, Harrison revealed that he left the firm after his relationship with Bankman-Fried abruptly deteriorated and that the troubles led him to shift his “focus to the future and to my own company.”
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Meanwhile, Scaramucci continues to have high hopes for crypto market recovery this year, describing 2023’s market outlook as a “recovery year.”
In an interview with CNBC on Jan. 15, the crypto investor said he expects Bitcoin (BTC) to rebound to the $50,000-100,000 range within the next two to three years.
“You are taking on risk but you’re also believing in [bitcoin] adoption. So if we get the adoption right, and I believe we will, this could easily be a fifty to one hundred thousand dollar asset over the next two to three years,” he added.
BTC is currently trading at $21,240 up 21.77% over the last week.