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Updated July 1, 2022 / Original June 30, 2022
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Illustration by Valentin Tkach
Cory Klippsten is a big fan of Bitcoin. But his affinity for cryptocurrencies ends there. Klippsten, head of a company called Swan Bitcoin, sees a growing minefield of scams, fraud, and risky products throughout the industry. As the market retreats, he sounds embarrassed to be associated with it.
“I’m a Bitcoiner who believes Bitcoin is transforming the world,” says Klippsten, 44. “I’m so sick of having my name and business associated with the crypto industry. It’s exhausting.”