Crypto Market Crash Is Causing Startups to Shutter Operations (As Paris Burns)

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As Paris continues to burn after French Prime Minister Macrony tried to raise fuel taxes in an attempt to curb greenhouse gas emissions,

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the cryptocurrency market continues to see its bubble continue to burst.

(Bloomberg) — The plunge in the cryptocurrency market is weighing on the software-development community that spawned over 1,000 digital coins amid dreams of independence from traditional financial systems and instant wealth.

ETCDEV, the startup that led development on Ethereum Classic, which is among the top 20 coins with a market capitalization of about $400 million, announced this week that it’s shuttering operations due to a funding crunch. ConsenSys, one of the largest crypto-related software startups based in New York, said it’s planning a reorganization.

Many of the companies are suffering because they kept a portion of their funds in digital assets, whether in tokens they sold through initial coin offerings or in Bitcoin and Ether, which served as the preferred means of exchange in the crypto world. As prices collapsed this year by more than 90 percent in some cases, and their so-called digital wallets thinned out, many developers found they couldn’t raise additional funding.

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So, are Paris and cryptocurrencies burning? Yes!

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