Bitcoin may be global, but it’s still a small community
This is why a recent Fast Company South Africa story attracted international commentary – and not in a good way. After all, it isn’t every day that relative unknowns get touted as “Bitcoin Kings” on a magazine cover. Still, that’s how the crypto world has been introduced to JT Foxx and Mao Lal.
In a tweet posted Wednesday, announcing its June issue, the two supposed experts were featured in a story titled, “Masters of Cryptocurrency.”
The story and the magazine cover circulated widely on crypto Twitter but mainly out of pure confusion.
All jokes aside
Putting the crypto Twitter commentary aside for a moment, the two individuals featured on the cover of Fast Company South Africa’s June Issue are actual entrepreneurs investing in the cryptocurrency industry.
JT Foxx and Mao Lal represent a company called CryptoGold.
According to available material, it’s a mining company that allows individuals “to purchase shares in mining hardware without having to deal with complex hardware and software.” The company is comprised of “a team of mining experts with their own mining hardware” offering services for five different cryptocurrencies.
It is also reported that CryptoGold recently launched a gold-backed crypto coin dubbed the CryptoGoldCoin last month.
However, for all the information that is available online about CryptoGold and the projects it has launched, there is fierce speculation about its actual legitimacy as a result of the June issue publication.
For starters, the cover of the magazine depicts Foxx and Lal holding a mining device primarily used to secure a cryptocurrency called siacoin used on a cloud storage platform known as Sia.
This comes off as odd given the title of “Bitcoin Kings” and the simple fact that CryptoGold, though it is a cloud-based service, does not mine siacoins.
The American business magazine, Fast Company, has no clear affiliation with Fast Company South Africa, but rather, has a local section on their website titled “South Africa” suggesting Fast Company South Africa is an entirely different entity.
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In addition, despite the proud sentiments voiced by Foxx himself at being featured as a crypto king, people are wondering what this “wealth coach” actually knows about the technology.
All in all, there are no right or wrong answers here. With the wave of popularity cryptocurrencies have gained in past years, entrants to the space, new and old, continue to multiply.
It simply gives greater reason for all participants to remain ever-cautious of potential fraud and take this story as a lesson in engaging in crypto Twitter.
As for Foxx and Lai? They say all publicity is good publicity. Let’s just hope they use it for the greater crypto good.