A new story from Spellcaster: The Fall of Sam Bankman-Fried


Felt like he had a lot to offer. He was never super explicit about what it was about me that he wanted within his company, but it felt like, okay, well, I have a lot of experience. I worked places for almost, you know, maybe this is part of the reason why Sam ultimately wanted me to join the company. That November, Brett touched down at Linden Pindling International Airport in the Bahamas. Brett was looking forward to some getting time with Sam to discuss his new job, but that was easier said than done. Sam was working all the time, but working meant he was always in the office, always on a call. was He on podcasts. He was on interviews with media. He was talking to investors. He was always on a call talking to other people, and so was largely unavailable. Brett didn't have much luck connecting with the other executives either. Sam had surrounded himself with old friends. was There Gary Wang, the company's chief technology officer. He was one of Sam's friends from The Frat at MIT. Gary, he showed up to the office around 5 p .m., and he apparently stayed until something like 4 a .m. And I am more of like an 8 to 5, 8 to 6 kind of person, as I think most humans are. There was Nishad Singh, the director of engineering. Sam knew him from high school. Nishad was more the person who actually talked and was responsible for dealing with a lot of like the personnel issues that maybe Sam Gary or didn't want to deal with themselves. But Nishad only got in at 1 p .m. And so he was also extremely busy. He didn't see much of Caroline Ellison. By now, Sam had made her co -CEO of Alameda alongside another one of Sam's college friends, Sam Trabuco. They were in a separate little building from FTX. And so, you know, I basically didn't see them at all unless, you know, you ran into them, you know, as you were leaving. Brett to began wonder what he'd got himself into. So I found myself in that office not being able to talk to any of the people I flew all the way to the Bahamas to talk to and thought, this is kind of a waste of time. After the trip to the Bahamas, Brett felt a little funny, but startups could seem weird to new hires.

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