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EY Blockchain Whiz Quits Crypto, Says Adoption Not in Bitcoin’s Forecast

Get Exclusive Analysis and Investing Ideas of Future Assets on Hacked.com. Join the community today and get up to $400 in discount by using the code: "CCN+Hacked". Sign up here. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1524167859587-8'); });Get Exclusive Analysis and Investing Ideas of Future Assets on Hacked.com. Join the community today and get up to $400 in discount by using the code: "CCN+Hacked". Sign up here. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1524167859587-0'); });TweetShareBy CCN: The ruthless bitcoin bear market of 2018 has claimed numerous victims, including many crypto startups and executives. The latest is former EY blockchain leader Angus Champion de Crespigny, who’s leaving the industry. Champion de Crespigny made the revelation on Twitter, where he insists that he’s still bullish on bitcoin. However, he’s discouraged by how long he believes it will take for mass adoption, and doesn’t want to wait around. As recently as November 2019, Angus was touting blockchain and cryptocurrencies at a recent conference (video below).Champion: Institutions are Dragging Their Feet Champion de Crespigny worked for 11 years at Big Four accounting firm Ernest and Young. He spent the last couple of years focused on blockchain. In August 2018, Angus left EY to focus on other projects amid growing disillusionment with blockchain. Champion de Crespigny explained his reasons for leaving the crypto industry altogether in an April 19 Twitter thread:“I am no longer working full-time in the bitcoin/cryptocurrency industry, and have taken a role outside it. I’ve had a number of people ask why, or seem surprised, so I thought I’d lay out my rationale in case it is of interest to others.” “Over the years I converged on what we call coin maximalism, or minimalism. That is, ‘blockchain’ was developed to solve a very specific problem, and it did so at a massive sacrifice. That problem: ensuring that ledger entries can’t be double-spent when there’s no central party.”Over the years I converged on what we call coin maximalism, or minimalism. That is, “blockchain” was developed to solve a very specific problem, and it did so at a massive sacrifice. That problem: ensuring that ledger entries can’t be double spent when there’s no central party. — Angus Champion de Crespigny (@anguschampion) April 19, 2019‘You Can’t Rush People to Believe’ in Bitcoin Angus explained that he had left EY in August to start a business focused on promoting bitcoin adoption in two ways: by helping to institutionalize it or by advancing adoption in the developing world. He says he got discouraged once he realized that institutions are not eager to promote mainstream crypto adoption.“I quickly worked out that I’m not going to be able to build bitcoin adoption in the developing world…you fundamentally can’t build a legitimate business that is also decentralized to resist government intervention.” “I also found that institutions were not going to be on-boarding bitcoin as a financial product as quickly as I had thought they would from my discussions over the years. Institutionalization has happened, but not as much as I’d expected and enough for me to build a business on it. “You also can’t rush people to believe that something has value.”I also found that institutions were not going to be onboarding bitcoin as a financial product as quickly as I had thought they would from my discussions over the years. Institutionalization has happened, but not as much as I’d expected and enough for me to build a business on it. — Angus Champion de Crespigny (@anguschampion) April 19, 2019Champion: Bitcoin Adoption Will Take too Long Champion de Crespigny added that he’s not leaving the industry forever. He promised that he’ll remain involved somehow because he believes in bitcoin’s disruptive potential. However, he says the time horizon is longer than he had expected, so it’s time for him to cut his losses and move on to greener pastures. “I’m as confident in Bitcoin’s ability to radically transform the world as I ever have been. However, I believe the time horizon to do that is very long, and I believe my best bet in the industry is to simply buy and hold.” While Champion de Crespigny isn’t the only person who has left the industry amid the market downturn, his departure is notable because he worked at Ernst and Young. As CCN reported, EY has been making a concerted effort to ramp up its blockchain and crypto businesses in order to woo bitcoin investors. Last week, EY revealed that it spent millions of dollars during the past two years developing crypto and blockchain tax tools.EY Spends Millions Upgrading ‘Blockchain Analyzer’ to File Your Crypto Taxes #cryptocurrency #altcoin https://t.co/NtGUvey875 — Crypto News (@PaveIt_) April 17, 2019Despite these efforts, institutions have been slow to embrace crypto. Some — like Goldman Sachs — have even backpedaled, claiming they never were on the bitcoin bandwagon.Goldman Sachs CEO Kills the Rumor: 'We Never Had Plans to Open a Crypto Desk' https://t.co/8UIFEmDN9E — CCN.com (@CCNMarkets) April 12, 2019Crypto Industry Has Failed to Educate General Public All this dithering points to a major problem that’s not being addressed — and that’s the crypto industry’s abject failure to educate the general public about what bitcoin is, and why it’s supposedly superior to fiat currency. Until that happens, mainstream adoption will remain a pipe dream.Over Half of U.S. Retirees are Crypto-Aware but Won’t Invest in Bitcoin: Survey #cryptocurrency #altcoin https://t.co/NTBbnO11FG — Crypto News (@PaveIt_) April 20, 2019document.addEventListener("DOMContentLoaded", function(event) { var commentBoxDiv2 = document.getElementById("vuukle-comments"); var commentBoxDivAfter2 = document.getElementsByClassName("tags")[0]; var cloneCommentBoxDiv2 = commentBoxDiv2.cloneNode(true);commentBoxDiv2.parentNode.removeChild(commentBoxDiv2); commentBoxDivAfter2.parentNode.insertBefore(cloneCommentBoxDiv2, commentBoxDivAfter2.nextSibling); });#vuukle-comments{position:relative!important} var VUUKLE_CONFIG = { apiKey: "c0756128-a51e-44af-9c60-d971619bf980", articleId: "175661", tags: "Angus Champion de Crespigny, Bitcoin, Ernst and Young", author: "Samantha Chang", // LangwordpressSync: true, eventHandler: function (e) { console.log(e); if (e.eventType == 'wpSync') { jQuery.ajax({ type: 'POST', data: { "action": "save_comment_to_db", "comment_ID":e.comment_ID, "comment_post_ID": e.comment_post_ID, "comment_author": e.comment_author, "comment_author_email": e.comment_author_email, "comment_author_url": e.comment_author_url, "comment_content": e.comment_content, "comment_type": e.comment_type, "comment_parent_ID": e.comment_parent, "user_id": e.user_id, "comment_author_IP": e.comment_author_IP, "comment_agent": e.comment_agent, "comment_approved": e.comment_approved, "comment_date": e.comment_date, "comment_date_gmt": e.comment_date_gmt, "comment_karma": e.comment_karma, "_wpnonce": "784cce58b8" // WPCS: XSS ok }, url: "/wp-admin/admin-ajax.php", beforeSend: function () {}, success: function (data) { } }); } }, // Articles - recommendations in emotes and comments widget recommendationsWideImages: false, globalRecommendations: true, // Colors darkMode: false, // By Widget theme: {color: "108ee9"}, comments: { vuukleAuth: true, disqusAuth: true, hideRecommendedArticles: false, hideCommentInputBox: false, enabled: true, commentingClosed: false, maxChars: '3000', countToLoad: '5', toxicityLimit: '80', spamLimit: '90', sorting: 'latest', transliteration:{ language: 'en', enabledByDefault: false, }, }, emotes: { enabled: true, hideRecommendedArticles: false, size: '70', // icons size firstImg: '', firstName: 'Yeah!', secondImg: '', secondName: 'Careface', thirdImg: '', thirdName: 'hmm..', fourthImg: '', fourthName: 'HAHA', fifthImg: '', fifthName:'PISSED', sixthImg: '', sixthName: 'cry baby', disable: [], }, powerbar: { enabled: false, defaultEmote: 1, items: [ 'twitter', 'facebook', 'linkedin', 'messenger', 'whatsapp', 'reddit', 'messenger', 'pinterest', 'flipboard', 'email', ], customUrls: { twitter: `http://twitter.com/share?text=EY Blockchain Whiz Quits Crypto, Says Adoption Not in Bitcoin’s Forecast&url=https://www.ccn.com/ey-blockchain-whiz-quits-crypto-says-adoption-not-in-bitcoins-forecast&via=cryptocoinsnews`, }, },}; (function () { var d = document, s = d.createElement('script'); s.async = true; s.src = 'https://cdn.vuukle.com/platform.js'; (d.head || d.body).appendChild(s); })(); googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1524167859587-2'); });(function() { var referer="";try{if(referer=document.referrer,"undefined"==typeof referer||""==referer)throw"undefined"}catch(exception){referer=document.location.href,(""==referer||"undefined"==typeof referer)&&(referer=document.URL)}referer=referer.substr(0,700); var rcds = document.getElementById("rcjsload_f09f3b"); var rcel = document.createElement("script"); rcel.id = 'rc_' + Math.floor(Math.random() * 1000); rcel.type = 'text/javascript'; rcel.src = "https://trends.revcontent.com/serve.js.php?w=98632&t="+rcel.id+"&c="+(new Date()).getTime()+"&width="+(window.outerWidth || document.documentElement.clientWidth)+"&referer="+encodeURIComponent(referer); rcel.async = true; rcds.appendChild(rcel); })(); var vuuklehb = vuuklehb || {}; vuuklehb.que = vuuklehb.que || []; var passbackAdunit = { slotId: "/213794966/vuukle-widget/ccn.com", slotSizes: [[250, 250], [300, 250], [400, 250],[400, 300]], adId: "div-gpt-vuukle-passback" }; vuuklehb.que.push(function(){ vuuklehb.loadPassbackAds([passbackAdunit]); });

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