How dangerous is crypto?

A Turkish crypto exchange boss has gone missing and, according to reports, he took $2 billion of investors’ funds with him (details below). It will be hard to prove he stole the crypto, and it is unlikely to be found or returned.

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How dangerous is crypto? That’s the wrong question. The right question: how dangerous is it to store your decentralized tokens in the digital wallet of an unregulated centralized exchange? If those tokens were in people’s personal wallets, they’d still have them. If they didn’t need to exchange the crypto for fiat currency, they would still have them. If the exchange was decentralized, there would not have been a way to illegally take them.

Decentralization is the most compelling feature of crypto, NFTs, and all blockchain technologies. Should you trust an unregulated central authority with your funds? IDK. It sounds dangerous.

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About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is a business advisor and technology consultant. He helps Fortune 500 companies with digital transformation, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn's Top Voice in Technology, he is the host of the Shelly Palmer #strategyhacker livestream and co-host of Techstream with Shelly Palmer & Seth Everett. He covers tech and business for Good Day New York, writes a weekly column for Adweek, is a regular commentator on CNN and CNBC, and writes a popular daily business blog. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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