Tron CEO Trolls (?) Vitalik, Teases Unlikely Ethereum Alliance

Tron founder and CEO Justin Sun recently announced on the CryptoChick podcast that his crypto project would be officially collaborating with Ethereum.

Wait, what?

Justin Sun: Tron Will Collaborate with Ethereum This Year

Justin Sun appeared on an episode of Rachel Wolfson’s TheCryptoChick podcast this week where he discussed the launch of the Tether stablecoin on Tron. While most of the podcast came off as a marketing opportunity for Sun, he did also take the time to address the prospect of a collaboration with Ethereum.

When asked by Wolfson what he thought of Ethereum co-creator Vitalik Buterin’s recent jab at Tron, Sun declared that any competition between Tron and Ethereum is ultimately going to help the cryptocurrency space in the long run. He said:

“First of all, everybody knows that Tron and Ethereum compete in the Dapp [sector], for sure. But I think definitely that this competition will result in a better product - the competition between Ethereum and Tron benefits the whole industry.”

The tweet in question saw Buterin pose next to a giant poster of Justin Sun, with the drippingly sarcastic caption: "Toward a brighter tomorrow."

True Love Between Justin Sun & Vitalik Buterin?

While Buterin was being sarcastic, Sun claimed to believe there may be some legs in the idea. He told Wolfson:

“In terms of the comments he made recently, and the picture: Right now, I’m actually into love - the true love, and the brotherhood of the industry. So I think that in the future we will even collaborate with lots of the Ethereum developers, and also the enterprises built on Ethereum before if we make the industry better.”

When asked directly if there was any chance of Tron officially collaborating with Ethereum in the future, Sun’s response came as a surprise:

“I think that even within this year we will see Tron officially collaborate with Ethereum, and will be something good for the industry.”

This answer stunned the crypto podcast host, who said she wanted her listeners to take serious note of this big piece of news that had not yet dropped anywhere else. When nudged to elaborate on these plans, Sun remained silent.

A Belated Crypto April Fools' Joke?

During the podcast, Sun alluded to his recent "collaboration" with the developers of ETH-based Loom Network (LOOM), which saw the cover for a Justin Sun hip-hop concept album released titled: "Enter the Sun."

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Crypto developer group Loom trolled Justin Sun on April Fools' Day. | Source: Loom

The album cover was released on April Fools’ day, and was accompanied by an entire website parodying Justin Sun - a joke he may not have taken too kindly.

So what he have here is likely a case of tit-for-tat. Vitalik tweeted a sarcastic image of him and a giant Justin Sun on April Fools’ day; Loom Network made a hilarious fake website for a fake concept album centered around Sun, and now Sun is having his own fun at Ethereum’s expense.

That’s pure speculation on my part, but Justin Sun has taken a lot of heat for constantly trying to rub shoulders with Ethereum. This announcement of his appears to be a case of him doubling down on his reputation as a sh*t-talker in an attempt to irritate Vitalik Buterin even further.

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The prospect of a Tron-Ethereum collaboration is as likely as a Justin Sun rap song called "That’s so Byzantine, B****!" | Source: Loom Network

Unless something changes in the relationship between Vitalik Buterin and Justin Sun sometime soon, the prospect of a Tron-Ethereum collaboration is as likely as a Justin Sun rap song called "That’s so Byzantine, B****!"

No representatives from Tron or Ethereum would confirm or deny Justin Sun's claims as of the time of writing.

Last modified (UTC): April 7, 2019 3:28 PM

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Greg Thomson
Greg Thomson

Greg Thomson is a freelance journalist covering the cryptocurrency and blockchain beat. He contributed to numerous crypto news outlets before joining CCN and Hacked in 2018. Based in Glasgow, Scotland.

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