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Mark Cuban: Crypto Firms Sustained by ‘Cheap, Easy Money’ Will Disappear in Crash

Billionaire Shark Tank star Mark Cuban predicts the demise of cryptocurrency projects that don’t have “valid business prospects.”

Billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks Mark Cuban has weighed in on the latest crypto crash, saying that projects with no “valid” business model will eventually die out.

“In stocks and crypto, you will see companies that were sustained by cheap, easy money—but didn’t have valid business prospects—will disappear,” Cuban said in an interview with Fortune.

The 63-year-old entrepreneur also recalled the American magnate Warren Buffet, who once said that, “when the tide goes out, you get to see who is swimming naked.”

Last month, amid a broader tech market decline, the crypto industry was rocked by the implosion of the Terra ecosystem as its algorithmic stablecoin UST lost its dollar peg—wiping out billions in investor wealth.

The crypto industry took a further hit this week, after Celsius Network, a crypto lending platform with $11.8 billion in assets under management, abruptly stopped withdrawals.

Major cryptocurrencies plunged following the announcement, with the price of Bitcoin (BTC) touching $20,000 on Wednesday.

As the combined market capitalization of the crypto market slipped below $1 trillion, several leading crypto companies, including America’s digital asset exchange Coinbase and lending platform BlockFi, moved to cut staff, bringing more uncertainty to the market.

The crypto crash also drew increased attention to software manufacturer MicroStrategy, which is reportedly facing a margin call on a $205 million Bitcoin-backed loan with Silvergate Bank that was taken in March to buy more crypto, as well as the Singapore-based crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital, which is in danger of seeing its multimillion-dollar crypto loans liquidated.