“I am really excited to be involved with Global Tech.”
That’s the endorsement former Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke has given to a new cryptocurrency exchange hoping to raise $10m to $50m in an initial coin offering (ICO), with a pre-ICO starting in mid-August.
“Their ambition and drive is something that I resonated with straight away and I can’t wait to learn more about blockchain technologies.”
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) August 8, 2018
Excited to have you on board! 🏏 🙌
— Global Tech (@_GLOBAL_TECH) August 8, 2018
The immediate reaction to Clarke’s tweet made it clear how punters feel about the endorsement, with numerous fans immediately criticising the former first-class cricketer.
It’s not too late to say you were hacked and delete this
— Chris Shelley (@ChrisShelley91) August 8, 2018
They’ve got a geocities spinning gif on their website mate. Do better.https://t.co/oiYRUQuTyJ
— matt burke (@matttburke) August 8, 2018
Well, I guess another cricketer is looking to urinate on his reputation.#SandpaperICO
— RobbingPeter (@VonkSpam) August 9, 2018
Might want to 'learn more' before you start shilling this stuff
Doesn't a property developer somewhere need a hand?
— 88888 Account (@88888sAccount) August 8, 2018
Investor John Hempton joined the chorus of boos, suggesting Clarke’s endorsement is worse for his reputation than the recent ball-tampering scandal was for Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.
ffs, ex Australian cricket captain in an ICO.
Suggest Mr Clarke you just buy sandpaper.
It will do less damage to your reputation…
— John_Hempton (@John_Hempton) August 8, 2018
CanYa founder JP Thorbjornsen echoed Hempton’s overall sentiment, telling SmartCompany: “As far as I understand Michael Clarke has nothing to do with blockchain tech. If he was endorsing new cricket tech it would make sense and I’d respect that, but endorsing an exchange with a shit website is definitely pushing it for me.”
A Global Tech spokesperson told Mumbrella: “Michael signed on to be a Global Tech ambassador recently after a process of discussions and assuring the legitimacy of Global Tech’s project.”
On Global Tech’s website, the company describes itself as a crypto trading community “for the people by the people”:
Global Tech is a crypto trading community, for the people by the people. We are a group of savvy professionals who have a passion for blockchain technology and how cryptocurrency can benefit the entire world. Our platform will connect cryptocurrency traders across the globe, from novice investors to elite strategists, to allow everyone to benefit from the next generation of financial investment technology.
The fact Clarke “can’t wait to learn more about blockchain” is a little concerning given the technology is key to the very concept of Global Tech. But hey, the company has “ambition and drive”, so it’s all good… right?