Ethereum co-founder Anthony Di Iorio has announced his intention to exit the crypto industry and has expressed concerns for his personal safety.
According to a July 17 Bloomberg report, Di Iorio is looking to sell his digital asset firm Decentral and sever ties with all other crypto projects he is currently involved in, stating that he no longer feels safe as a result of his High profile within the crypto sector:
“It’s got a risk profile that I am not too enthused about. I don’t feel necessarily safe in this space. If I was focused on larger problems, I think I’d be safer.”
Hailing from a background in web development, Di Iorio was among the eight co-founders who began working on Ethereum in 2014. He served as chief digital officer of the Toronto Stock Exchange in 2016 and has focused on venture capital investing and startup advising in recent years.
In 2016, the 48-year-old Canadian entrepreneur founded blockchain company Decentral, which operates Jaxx Liberty – a multi-platform cryptocurrency wallet that boasts a user base of more than one million.
Since 2017, Di Iorio has traveled with a security team. In 2018, Forbes estimated his net worth of him to be as much as $ 1 billion, featuring Di Iorio in its crypto rich list for the year. During the same year, Di Iorio was further cast into the limelight after buying the largest condo in Canada for $ 22 million and using crypto for part of the payment.
Di Iorio now expects to sell Decentraland for “hundreds of millions,” highlighting that he will only accept either cash or equity in another company for settlement, and will not consider offers made in cryptocurrency
The entrepreneur also emphasized he does not wish to invest in blockchain startups moving forward.In an attempt to find more philanthropic activities, Iorio joined Project Arrow, which plans to build Canada’s first zero-emission vehicle, and the entrepreneur claims that cryptocurrencies can only help with a small number of the world’s problems:
“I want to diversify to not being a crypto guy, but being a guy tackling complex problems. I will incorporate crypto when needed, but a lot of times, it’s not … It’s really a small percentage of what the world needs.”
Of the eight co-founders of Ethereum, only Vitalik Buterin is still actively working on the blockchain platform.
Charles Hoskinson and Gavin Wood have started rival blockchains, namely Cardano and Polkadot. Mihai Alisie and Joeseph Lubin started companies to focus on Ethereum applications and development, launching AKASHA Project and ConsenSys respectively.
The remaining founders, Amir Chetrit and Jeffrey Wilcke, have made similar moves to Di Iorio in exiting crypto to focus on other industries.