Five Crypto Relationships Worth Noting on Valentine's Day

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Today is Saint Valentine's Day, and in honor of this most romantic of holidays, Cointelegraph presents five of the crypto community's most notable unions and breakups of the past 12 months.

Kelly Lynn Loeffler and BakktKelly Lynn Loeffler split from the crypto world in 2019, but can you blame her? Loeffler left Bitcoin futures exchange Bakkt, where she was CEO, for a place with a slightly bigger cloakroom: the United States Senate.

This potentially creates a conflict of interest given that Loeffler is married to Jeffrey Sprecher, founder and CEO of Intercontinental Exchange, one of the biggest U.S. exchange operators regulated by the CFTC.Anders Fogh Rasmussen and ConcordiumIn March, Former NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen joined Swiss blockchain identity network Concordium as strategic advisor.

"We are only beginning to see the benefits that blockchain technology will bring to our societies, including in our democratic processes," Rasmussen said at the time.

After announcing a new digital currency project in June, Facebook lost a quarter of that project's largest partners before 2019 was out.

Still, 21 members remained in Libra, including Uber, Lyft, Spotify, Vodafone and venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.

J. Christopher Giancarlo and AccentureJ. Christopher Giancarlo, former chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission was reportedly partnering with consulting giant Accenture PLC in January to form a new think tank promoting the idea of digitizing the U.S. dollar with blockchain technology.

As CFTC chairman, Giancarlo was widely viewed as a blockchain technology advocate - he even earned the nickname "Crypto Dad" for his efforts.

Other founders of the the Digital Dollar Foundation include Daniel Gorfine, a former CFTC official, and Giancarlo's brother Charles.

In September Giancarlo also joined the Board of Advisors of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, a trade organization for the blockchain and digital asset community.