Ex-Ethereum Advisor Nerayoff Loses Techstars Deal After Extortion Charges
William Suberg's original article for cointelegraph.com reduced by 50%
Startup accelerator Techstars has cancelled its year-old partnership with the firm owned by early Ethereum advisor Steven Nerayoff. According to cryptocurrency news outlet The Block on Oct. 8, Nerayoff's arrest on suspicion of extortion had forced Techstars to reconsider its association with Alchemist, a blockchain advisory startup.
The two joined forces in July 2018, creating the Alchemist Blockchain Techstars Accelerator based in New York. Last month, Nerayoff was arrested in connection with the alleged plans to bring down another United States startup. Accordingly, Techstars said it was "Necessary" to withdraw its brand from Nerayoff and Alchemist, The Block reports.
Nerayoff was one of the early advisors of Ethereum, the native token of which - Ether - remains the second-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization. In January 2018, he predicted a boom year for the network, something which failed to materialize as a protracted bear market crushed ETH/USD by around 90%..
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