Uniswap CEO weighs In on ethical token distribution


Hayden Adams, Uniswap’s founder and CEO, has outlined his take on ethical considerations for effective token distribution. This comes a few days after the crypto community raised concerns about the transparency and fairness of token distribution on EigenLayer.

In an X post, Adams emphasized that he was discussing tokens, not points. He then criticized the practice of teasing and creating ambiguity during token distribution to inflate engagement metrics.

Adams cautioned against public speculation, mainly when the team is uncertain about future developments. He advised against teasing if one possesses information about a token distribution but does not plan to disclose the details.

Source:  Hayden Adams

Users who felt left out of the recently announced EigenLayer users who felt left out on a recently announced airdrop lashed out at the restaking protocol’s Monday announcement — highlighting its nontransferable token structure, aggressive geo-restrictions, and an apparently short snapshot period.

The Uniswap executive strongly disapproved of low float tokens, considering them malicious and his biggest pet peeve. He believes that projects can effectively distribute tokens without relying on exchanges or market makers. He says the ideal approach is to distribute tokens openly, enabling genuine price discovery on decentralized exchanges (DEX).

Adams also criticized the practice of creating an excessively high token supply to exploit people’s unit bias, stating that such an approach is unnecessary. Additionally, Adams advised token distributors against being too conservative, encouraging them to make a substantial portion of their tokens available for distribution.

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Hayden Adams cautioned against inadequate token distribution, particularly if the issuer does not believe the community deserves it. He also emphasized the importance of not revealing token prices during or before distribution. Any attempt to do so, whether through influencers or marketing firms, would raise suspicions about the project.

According to Adams, this approach suggests that the issuer is prioritizing quick wealth over building real value. Token issuers and distributors are encouraged to maintain a straightforward distribution process, resonating with concerns raised due to recent industry rug pulls.

Finally, the Uniswap executive urged token issuers to be thoughtful and transparent about their projects. He emphasized the importance of releasing a token they can be proud of and stand behind to avoid ridicule within the crypto community.

EigenLayer, an Ethereum restaking protocol, distributed an additional 28 million EIGEN tokens to over 280,000 wallets following its initial airdrop, prompted by user concerns over the program’s restrictions.

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