Sequoia Capital apologizes to investors after $150 million FTX loss: WSJ

Quick Take

  • Sequoia Capital apologized to investors after it wrote off its investment in FTX.
  • Sequoia Capital promised to improve its due diligence process.

Sequoia Capital partners apologized to investors for the $150 million it lost on investments in crypto exchange FTX, the Wall Street Journal reported.

In a Tuesday call with investors, Sequoia partners said the firm would improve its due-diligence process on future investments and that it believed it was misled by FTX founder and CEO Sam Bankman-Fried. 

During the call, one partner at Sequoia reportedly said the firm will be able to have a Big Four accounting firm audit financial statements of the early-stage startups it invests in, the Wall Street Journal reported. 


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Sequoia Capital earlier this month said it had written off its entire investment in the struggling crypto exchange that filed for bankruptcy protection on Nov. 11. FTX Group owes $3.1 billion to its top 50 creditors, according to recent court filings.

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