Hi, Justin Sun (and Tron). It’s me, Responsibility

Dear Justin,

You matter. That’s why I’m writing to you.

We’ve met and likely will know each other for the long haul. But, in the time we have had, I’ve come to believe we’re both hardworking individuals, which means we both likely understand stress. And I bet we both can agree that a lot of people enjoy dealing with stress in fun ways like getting close to other people, breathing heavily, and bending their bodies into weird positions.

But, enough about yoga.

It’s porn we need to talk about.

Specifically, can we chat for a second about your now really famous Tweet announcing Tron being accepted as a form of payment on PornHub? The tweet you’ve since edited because it was too dirty for many to accept as the quick in-and-out joke you intended? I got it. I smirked. I moved on. But, as you quickly discovered, many – from investors to interested onlookers to media headline writers – became fixated.

Look, you and I understand that one small sex joke isn’t going to ruin things. But, this incident serves as a tapping of the microphone to test whether it is on. And, guess what, not only is it on, but it is super turned up. Everyone is watching every word and action. That happens when you launch a new blockchain, poke at industry giants, and make a nine-figure purchase of one of the world’s most recognizable file-sharing products to boost your own.

That’s what happens when – at 26 – you’ve been pegged as the Millennial Jack Ma.

You matter, Justin.

That means your words matter, and you have earned the heavy responsibility of having to know when some things are better left unsaid. Of course, that’s extremely easy to say when I’m not tempted by the same level of popularity and influence that you have, but hear me out.

You’re young, charismatic, visionary, and driven, and you are in a situation not often seen by anyone because you have a tangible product that – even in its infancy – is showing (proving?) multi-generational potential. And, despite its youth, TRON’s reach already has a worldwide audience.

Such a varied audience leads to marketing challenges, but what the audience does know, collectively, is that if TRON is going to live up to such lofty ideals like dethroning current crypto leaders and decentralizing the web, then TRON needs to act like it is mature enough to lead such a charge.

Make the deals you need to make. Let them stand on their own.

You have enough branding happening – think about the steps you took before this to create the kind of image that led entities like Charity Compassion Coin to want to use your platform and Cardano wanting to work with you. And, think about the long list of respected developers who are clamoring to be among the first Super Representatives. They are here because they respect your vision and product.

That respect shouldn’t be taken lightly.

In the end, Justin, no harm, no foul. Could have been worse. Strive to be better each day.

Yours as long as you’ll have me,

-Responsibility

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No, Tron isn’t going all in on #pr0n

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been to PornHub. Or, in this case, raise BOTH hands, where we can all see them, thank you very much.

Now, nod your head if you’re into … Tron.

Okay, stop nodding. Keep your hands somewhere on a table in front of everyone, and listen …

There was a lot of hand-wringing and posturing after it was announced that PornHub will begin accepting Tron as a payment option. If we’re being honest here, my flash reaction was split three ways:

A) Uh, who actually pays for porn?

B) Hardly anyone pays for it — even if they really want that classic Kim Kardashian boot(y)leg file for their own — because they don’t want their credit card statement showing such things. It’s a privacy concern, not a moral dilemma.

C) Hey, American Purist complainer, of course you haven’t, but I’ll ask anyways: Have you ever WATCHED a Chinese game show? It’s weird, exciting, and usually barely clothed — leaving you with a good story for friends and a slight walk of shame from your recliner to the fridge… usually in reverse order.

And that was just my immediate takeaway from reading the Tron news.

The real conversation is deeper than that (if you don’t like all the innuendos with this specific post, you may as well pull out early and stop reading now.), of course, and it pointed out a couple of other things for me that I think could be kept in mind for the future.

1. Some of the backlash had to do with the recent sticky memory of watching Verge also dive into payment acceptance with PornHub. That’s understandable, I suppose, but I think most of the discomfort comes from not fully understanding what partner means in this case. In the link above, PornHub itself is reluctant to be go all-in with Verge – citing volatile crypto prices. Logically, one would think, or I do anyways, that same reservation is being felt with other cryptos as well. Still, the allure of increased anonymity leading to more currency spent – in any form – is too appealing for the company to ignore. (Think of it like Julia Roberts not allowing Richard Gere to kiss her on the mouth because “too personal.” But hey, we’ll take that coin just in case..)

2. Tron wants to be the block chain of choice for ENTERTAINMENT. Just because you might not be into one-legged guys standing on their heads while attempting one of the Kama Sutra’s back page’s illustrations, guaranteed someone else is. And, they want to see it on their device. And, they may even want to pay for it. Exotic has a market, even in the clean sense. Don’t think so? Thumb through your provider’s guide and see how often shows run featuring “Little People: Name the City”, or fat people, or giant people, or hoarders, or overeaters, or people addicted to plastic surgery. Everybody has a something they like to watch (or play, for you gamers). ALL of it falls under entertainment, which, if decentralizing the Web is Tron’s soul, then the entertainment industry, and all that comes with it, is its stated heartbeat. And, while you may have some comfort level questions about what that entails, your investment dollar doesn’t, which leads to …

3. Finally, while Tron investors have bought in on the “for all” idealism and subsequent future growth that Justin Sun loves to promote, many of them are the same investors who daily scream about Tron not taking them to the moon. You can’t have it both ways, friends. Without development AND demand for the token, your moon ship won’t make it off the launch pad. For those who look down on porn but also love money, think of it this way: the best homes also have the best-run septic systems. You never hear, see, smell, touch, or taste the stuff under your house (unless you’re into that…), but you certainly love living there.

So, let this partnership do what it is going to do, and be rest assured that porn isn’t an end game for Tron. It’s just low-hanging fruit to be used as low-grade but dependable fuel for the machine.

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What topics would you like to read about as we all grow with Crypto, Tron, and all the rest? Shoot an email to kitchenski@gmail.com with “Blog idea” in your subject line, or find me on Twitter at twitter.com/curtiskitchen. And, FULL DISCLOSURE: I am a Tron (TRX) and Ripple (XRP) investor. I am not a financial advisor. This content should not be used as a base for or considered to be financial advice.

“When Tron moon?”: The fastest way to make other crypto people hate you

“When Tron moon?”

Having only really gotten into crypto and blockchain a few months ago, I feel like I should be the one asking this kind of question. You know, when stupid is still infant baby cute.

Then again, I can read.

If they’ve not done anything else (and they have, of course), Tron and Justin Sun have made perfectly clear that they want to break the Internet be profitable and enjoyed over the long term – going as far as throwing out a decades-long plan for folks to chew on. (Years? Decades? Oh God… the horror!)

It also has become clear that many people don’t like to read that information, actually listen to the video media events, or pay attention to researched quotes and business moves floated among the Twitter crypto community. Many people never get past crummy, click bait headlines. which sadly makes sense considering the human attention span now checks in at slightly shorter than a goldfish.

And, it all leads back to the idiot investor’s mantra:

“When Tron moon?”

Tron hasn’t tried to be (and has never given the impression it will) like other cryptos that pumped, dumped, and dazzled like Stormy Daniels. Tron wants to be me-love-you-long-time sexy like Betty White. And, who doesn’t love Betty White?

The ideals and plans in place for Tron – the ones we’ve been privy to at this point, anyways – all have been geared for weaving the blockchain into the future commerce fabric. It was never about hoping for a lightning-in-a-bottle DApp. It never will be. It’s vision is that Tron will be the whole damn SYSTEM – one charged with loads of lightning.

Sun has tried pushing his vision so much that even I’ve gotten a little “okay, man … slow your marketing roll a bit.” But, I say that as someone who is beginning to understand the scope of this project. I don’t need the constant updates; not because I’m smart or annoyed but because the daily public updates don’t matter now.

Those who need to know about Tron; they do know because this developer’s paradise has been marketed well. Investors … they’ll come on their own just fine because real investors constantly research. (Sun has done his part already in setting up umpteen exchange partnerships and making TRX available in a load of different places.)

So if Betty White is hot, here comes the naked Bea Arthur cold-water bath: You have to HODL.

You have to forget your investment for a while. Enjoy the announcements. Check in once in a while. Keep the thought in the back of your head. But, overall, forget the daily check-in to see if you can say angry things to your boss as you quit.

You have to because if you thought hodling has been hard the past 6-8 months, remember John Paul Jones’ line from 1779 – which might be slightly adjusted for today. You’re going to need it as you protect your Tron for months, or even years.

“I have not yet begun to Hodl!” 

Or something like that.

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What topics would you like to read about as we all grow with Crypto, Tron, and all the rest? Shoot an email to kitchenski@gmail.com with “Blog idea” in your subject line, or find me on Twitter at twitter.com/curtiskitchen. And, FULL DISCLOSURE: I am a Tron (TRX) and Ripple (XRP) investor. I am not a financial advisor. This content should not be used as a base for or considered to be financial advice.

Smell test: Lucas Nuzzi wants me to believe Tron is a scam

You don’t know me, and that’s okay. I’m a nobody. I’m someone who started his cryptocurrency and blockchain journey only a few months ago.

I missed Bitcoin’s explosion (well, I saw it from afar, like most people) and the alt-coin’s subsequent explosion. But, I’ve likened myself to something akin to a crypto astronomer lately — taking to the stars and discovering the solar system’s present through its rapidly expanding past.

In that journey, I found Tron.

Since that happened a couple of months ago, I’ve found myself learning about this Justin Sun guy. I’ve watched live press conferences from China. I’ve traded reading Kansas City Royals box scores for Tron (and other) whitepapers. (Okay, that part wasn’t a sacrifice. My Royals suck this year, but I digress.) I’ve worn out Google searching for news several times per day. My Twitter follows have transformed almost overnight as I connect with other crypto players, leaders, media, enthusiasts, and investors.

It’s kind of been a recreation of me in a way. The crypto me didn’t exist until now. That’s the fun part.

The intriguing part has been to watch with wonder if Tron — which, until April, was just this really fantastic arcade game I grew up playing — truly is the Apple of our time. Is it going to transform the web? Is it, if I can go back to my astronomy metaphor, a galaxy being born in front of our eyes?

My growing Tron bag speaks for me here. I think it could very well be.

But, the reporter side of me (part of my professional life was spent in radio and print) leaves open the possibility* that Tron could be all that, but it also could be something less, or even far less.

*Let’s talk about what I mean by possibility. When I say this, it doesn’t mean I think it’s true, or even partly true. A key piece of critical thinking is to allow for all possibilities and then allow information and testing to eliminate the possibilities that prove false.

And so, it caught my attention (and many others’) when Lucas Nuzzi dropped a few Tweets this week that Tron isn’t special at all. In fact, Lucas all but called his shot that Justin Sun’s “Independence Day” from Ethereum will look far more like the scene from Will Smith’s movie when aliens blow up the White House than it will be a celebration.

It has a smell, no doubt. But, does what Nuzzi said have the aroma of perfect prime rib? Or, is it end-of-workout stank armpits?

I consider the transparency with which Sun has presented his vision and product. I consider the bounty program open to literally everyone…for weeks…with a huge payoff. I consider the amount of support and/or excitement from exchanges, companies, developers, and potential Super Representatives. I consider tangible results shown through super-transparent testing that show nodes and blocks doing exactly what they are supposed to.

And I think things like:

“Damn, sure am glad nobody who is taking part in this process seems to share the same thoughts as Nuzzi.”

And …

“Wow, there are a lot of people, hundreds or thousands by now, all way smarter than me, who have had direct exposure to the same product that Nuzzi purports to have witnessed. And they ALL missed this?”

And …

“If those people didn’t miss the things that Nuzzi proclaims, this is one of the largest conspiracies ever. Period.”

And …

“Nuzzi’s just now saying this?”

Put all of those things together, along with the already debunked “sophisticated” scam blog posts, and I can’t go any farther down Nuzzi’s road other than to say I feel like I’ve walked in, smelled the room, and the only whiff I’m getting is a FUD burger.

Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe Nuzzi is right.

I’m willing to bet he isn’t.

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What topics would you like to read about as we all grow with Crypto, Tron, and all the rest? Shoot an email to kitchenski@gmail.com with “Blog idea” in your subject line, or find me on Twitter at twitter.com/curtiskitchen. And, FULL DISCLOSURE: I am a Tron (TRX) and Ripple (XRP) investor. I am not a financial advisor. This content should not be used as a base for or considered to be financial advice.