Anthony Di Iorio, one of Ethereum’s eight co-founders and an early bitcoin user, has announced his retirement from the cryptocurrency field. The revelation, first reported by Bloomberg, comes on the heels of a massive bitcoin, ethereum, and cryptocurrency price boom. The boom that has now pushed the whole crypto market to well over $1 trillion.
He told Coindesk that him leaving the crypto sector was “a good 20%” due to concerns over his safety. Since 2017, Di Iorio had been accompanied by a security crew. This means that someone is always travelling with him or meeting him wherever he travels.
Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, which have long offered users the ability to be your bank, have become a target for crooks and thieves as prices skyrocket, making many early adopters extremely wealthy. Because of the relative anonymity of bitcoin and crypto, law enforcement is frequently unable to recover stolen assets.
According to rumours, Di Iorio plans to sell his company Decentral, a Toronto-based innovation hub and software developer. His aim is to establish a philanthropic foundation in the coming year. He’s also said to be involved in a zero-emission vehicle startup and consulting for Paraguay congressman and bitcoin enthusiast Carlos Rajala.
Decentral might be worth hundreds of millions. Still, Di Iorio says he’s not interested in selling it for cryptocurrencies. He would rather sell it for regular cash or shares in another company. Over the last year, the price of ethereum has risen in response to a boom in interest in so-called decentralized finance (DeFi). The notion is that many traditional banking services, such as lending and insurance, maybe reproduced using crypto technology, typically on the ethereum blockchain.
Cryptocurrency prices today
Today, cryptocurrency values continued to plummet, with Bitcoin sliding more than 2% to $31,590.8. After reaching an all-time high of $65,000, the world’s largest cryptocurrency trapped between $30,000 and $40,000 for months.
According to CoinDesk, ether, the coin associated with the ethereum blockchain, has dropped 5% to $1,882. On the other hand, Dogecoin was down more than 7% to $0.17. Other digital tokens such as Cardano, XRP, and Litecoin were down 3-8% in the last 24 hours.
Bitcoin has recently suffered several setbacks, including China’s regulatory crackdown. That was prompted in part by concerns about excessive energy consumption by crypto miners and development in central bank digital-currency programs, which could constrain private coins. Bitcoin’s price has practically half after reaching a three-month high.
The founder of meme-token Dogecoin recently called crypto a fake. The interest for speculation is generally waning. Jackson Palmer was critical of cryptocurrency in a series of tweets. After years of studying it, that cryptocurrency is inherently right-wing. According to the Dogecoin co-founder, hyper-capitalistic technology builds primarily to amplify its proponents’ wealth through a combination of tax avoidance, diminished regulatory oversight, and artificially enforced scarcity.
In other headlines, a unit of SoftBank Group Corp. agreed to invest $75 million in Bullish, the sponsor of a cryptocurrency exchange that is not yet functioning.