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BitMEX Co-founder Backs Meme Coins: A Boon For Dogecoin, Shiba Inu, PEPE?

Meme coins, the once-dismissed “joke” tokens, are rapidly solidifying their position in the multi-trillion-dollar scene.

According to CoinMarketCap, meme coins now command a cumulative market cap of over $45 billion. Interestingly, they are on an upward trajectory as thousands of meme coins are minted predominantly on top platforms like Solana, Ethereum, and Base.

Analysts and investors are taking notice as meme coins like BOME, PEPE, and Dogecoin boom. Most predict this subset of crypto will expand and become a core part of the industry in the coming years.

Arthur Hayes Backs Meme Coins

In a recent interview, Arthur Hayes, the BitMEX co-founder, joined the growing list of meme coin supporters. Hayes backed meme coins, stating that these tokens are increasingly gaining traction because of their simplicity.

Unlike complex decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols or AI, they require no technical knowledge. Therefore, this feature and accessibility continue to broaden their appeal.

This position also seems to resonate with Raoul Pal, who, in the same interview, added that meme coins are rising because of the cultural connection these tokens tag. As constructed, meme coins are meant to ride on internet hype and cultural relevance.

Therefore, their playful nature and relatable themes resonate with a global audience. In turn, this helps forge a strong connection with the trend, as evidenced by the popularity of the viral BODEN meme coin.

More analysts are coming out to back these tokens. Earlier, one analyst said at least three of these tokens would each command at least $100 billion in market cap in the next crypto bull run.

Dogecoin is the most valuable meme coin, with a market cap exceeding $20 billion. If Dogecoin, for example, rallies to command a $100 billion market cap, DOGE holders will massively benefit.

As of mid-June, only Bitcoin, Ethereum, and USDT, a stablecoin, have market caps exceeding $100 billion. Despite its sharp expansion, even Solana is still perched at fourth, boasting a slightly over $66 billion market cap.

Aptos To Take Over From Solana: A Meme Coin Host

While Hayes backed meme coins, he predicted that Aptos would flip Solana to become the second largest and most active layer-1 platform after Ethereum within three years. Interestingly, this clashes with the current trend and Hayes’ position.

Because of Solana’s high scalability and low fees, the platform is emerging as a home of meme coins, taking over from Ethereum. Even so, Hayes didn’t provide any explanation, saying all details will be made public in September.

Earlier on, the BitMEX co-founder downplayed the threat posed by Solana on Ethereum’s lead. In his view, the first smart contracts platform has strength in its developer community and anchors decentralized finance (DeFi).