A 50-minute long recording of China’s bitcoin tycoon Li Xiaolai leaked on to the internet this week is causing a big stir in China’s crypto community and social media, according to local media reports (in Chinese). Li was recorded going off on some of the most well-known players in the crypto space including NEO, Tron, Ripple, and Binance.

In the recording, Li slammed Binance as a “scam exchange” and that the main reason behind Binance’s success is because when all the exchanges were forced to shut down during China’s crypto ban last September, it managed to stick around. Li also unveiled the conflicting history between Zhao Changpeng, founder & CEO of Binance and Xu Mingxing, founder of OKCoin.

Li also made bold statements about NEO, a blockchain platform and cryptocurrency, saying that is a worthless project and its price was driven up thanks to venture capitalists who bought into the hype. Li said even Da Hongfei, founder of NEO and CEO of Onchain, is holding very little NEO.

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Nicole Jao

Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.