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Bitspark在重组、冠状病毒和抗议中关闭

2020-2-6 12:30

 

总部位于香港的区块链汇款创业公司Bitspark突然宣布关闭,原因是内部重组问题。


2月3日,Bitspark联合创始人兼首席执行官乔治·哈拉普正式宣布,该平台计划于2020年3月4日关闭其服务。


根据声明,从2月3日到3月4日,Bitspark用户可以提取他们的加密货币,因为在此期间,平台的功能将保持不变。公告称,3月4日后,账户登录将被禁用90天,用户可以通过Bitspark客户支持来提取资金。


Harrap强调,尽管Bitspark自2019年推出新的汇款服务Cash Point以来表现“非常出色”,但该公司还是突然关闭了。据Harrap称,Bitspark在发布该产品后环比增长了400%。

 

重组因政治动荡而复杂化


Bitspark于2014年由Harrap和Maxine Ryan联合创立,是亚太地区主要的区块链金融服务公司,服务于越南、菲律宾和印度尼西亚等国家。


Bitspark的联合创始人瑞恩(Ryan)宣布打算辞去首席运营官一职一个月后,Bitspark关闭了。根据官方的声明,Ryan的决定导致了公司内部的重组问题,而中国的冠状病毒爆发和香港的反政府抗议活动又加剧了这一问题,迫使Bitspark关闭了公司:


“不幸的是,由于内部重组没有成功,以及股东内部做出的决定,我们决定关闭我们的大门。虽然香港的抗议活动和现在的病毒流行对我们影响不大,但也没起什么作用。”


2月3日,瑞恩在推特上确认了Bitspark关闭的原因:


“是什么导致了封闭。一个月前,我决定辞去Bitspark首席运营官一职。这自然导致了公司重组的需要,不幸的是得到了这个结果。这与香港的抗议和Bitspark总部所在的冠状病毒相辅相成。团队和股东认为这是防止公司诚信沦丧的最好办法。”


尽管声称Ryan和Harrap作为创始人“失去了(他们的)梦想”,Ryan仍然强调Bitspark的关闭并不意味着加密和区块链行业正在衰退:


“不管你叫它#bitcoin #crypto #区块链,这个行业是一个令人难以置信的行业。请不要认为这是它衰落的迹象,因为它比以往任何时候都要强大,我迫不及待地想看看它的未来会是什么样子。”


Bitspark在2017年ICO大肆宣传之际进行了首次硬币发行,同年11月,Bitspark推出了Zephyr (ZEPH),以奖励ICO在区块链上专门转让法定货币的项目。

 

Hong Kong-based blockchain remittance startup Bitspark has abruptly announced its closure, citing internal restructuring issues.

 

On Feb. 3, Bitspark co-founder and CEO George Harrap officially announced the platform’s plans to shut down its services on March 4, 2020.

 

According to the statement, Bitspark users will be able to withdraw their cryptocurrencies from Feb. 3 to March 4 as the platform’s functionality will stay intact over the period. After March 4, account logins will be disabled for a period of 90 days, with users being able to withdraw their funds via Bitspark customer support, the announcement reads.

 

Harrap emphasized that the firm’s abrupt closure comes despite the “excellent performance” that Bitspark has seen since the release of its new remittance service Cash Point in 2019. According to Harrap, Bitspark saw a 400% month-over-month growth after releasing the product.

 

Restructuring complicated by political turmoil 

 

Co-founded by Harrap and Maxine Ryan in 2014, Bitspark emerged as a major blockchain-powered financial services company for the Asia-Pacific region, serving countries like Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia.

 

Bitspark’s closure comes a month after its co-founder Ryan announced her intention to step down from her  position as chief operating officer. According to the official announcement, Ryan’s decision caused internal restructuring issues that have been exacerbated by the coronavirus outbreak in China as well as anti-government protests in Hong Kong, which drove Bitspark to close the firm:

 

“Unfortunately due to internal restructuring that hasn't worked out, and a decision taken by shareholders internally, we have made the decision to close our doors. While the HK protests and now virus epidemic haven't affected us much, it hasn't helped either.”

 

In a Twitter thread on Feb. 3, Ryan confirmed Bitspark’s reasons for the closure:

 

“What caused the closure. As of a month ago, I made the decision to step down from my position as COO of Bitspark. This naturally caused a need to restructure the company which unfortunately landed this result [...] This paired with the landscape of Hong Kong with protests and the coronavirus where Bitspark HQ is located. The team and shareholders decided this was the best way forward to prevent integrity decay of the company.”

 

Despite claiming that Ryan and Harrap “lost [their] dreams” as founders, Ryan still emphasized that Bitspark’s closure does not mean that the crypto and blockchain industry is in decline:

 

“Whether you call it #bitcoin #crypto #blockchain, this industry is an incredible one. Please do not take this as a sign of its decline as it’s stronger than ever and I cannot wait to see what its future holds.”

 

Bitspark conducted an initial coin offering amid the ICO hype of 2017, launching its Zephyr (ZEPH) rewards token ICO in November of that year for a project specializing in the transfer of fiat money on a blockchain.

 

原作者: Helen Partz 来自: cointelegraph