IAMDECENTRALIZED.ORG and Tron: Now that we’re all interested (and listening) ..

In a normal crypto week, FUD pops up like an ill-timed zit. Irritating, unsightly, maybe even painful. But, it doesn’t last long.

The past week or two, however, FUD surrounding Tron exchanges, tokens, and token companies has been closer to a terrible Herpes outbreak — leaving many to question past investment relationships, painful current bumps on the portfolio, and whether they ever will get well in the future.

(Never mind how irritating and gross it is to watch some in the Tron community share their outbreak stories on Twitter as they cry and shake their fist while blaming others for their own decisions to hook up with strange or anonymous partners on DEX or Troninfo.org. Folks, c’mon, when you hook up with a burner, you can’t start yelling at their parents to undo the sex you had with their adopted kid.)

Anyways … as I furiously wash my hands and drink antibacterial soap … 

Despite all of that, Tron has quietly begun its ascent. As late as Wednesday night, in fact, Tron had jumped both Monero and Cardano in terms of market cap. (That may be more an example of Tron’s ability to whether the storm better than others, but that’s a different post…)

No, Tron has not been the focus of the Trerpes’ ire, luckily, as members in the community have been prudent in pointing out who owns what exchange and how those relationships work. But, those efforts, while valiant, have been scattered – leaving some questions unanswered and plenty of space for gobs of mother Fudders to continue to poison the think tank.

There’s hope, however. 

Over the summer, I worked with @Mobrules1968 and @wlfofmyst on a different project. (You may have seen it – it eventually included the Pope’s receiving Tron. No, really …) After that, Mob and I turned our attention turned toward developing something with potentially bigger, longer-term impact than a flash-adoption campaign (as fun as that was). That led to the current initiative involving him, @mishalederman, and @john and me, @curtiskitchen:

IAMDECENTRALIZED.ORG

You may have noticed the #iamdecentralized hashtag on our Twitter profiles and tweets lately. Here’s what it means:

Based on the decentralized ideals at the core of TRON’s existence, IAMDECENTRALIZED.org believes the Internet needs to return to its original roots as an information and idea-sharing place. Further, it believes that those ideas and products should be shared in a way that content rights are owned and protected by the individuals who create the work; not centralized companies.

That’s pretty niche, and we now know Tron has bigger aspirations. But, we like it.

So, as Tron continues to grow, we saw a need for a channel where the Tron community could focus its questions and FUD instead of bug-splattering it all over Twitter or Facebook groups. The solution is IAMDECENTRALIZED.org.

IAMDECENTRALIZED.org aims to be the intermediary communications and engagement link between TRON, the TRON Foundation, Super Representatives, and the TRON Community.

We want to be the Community’s place to get answers. We want to be the place where Tron and all of its partners feel comfortable providing those answers. That said, we are advocates for truth and information. We are not “for” or “against” anyone. It’s important that we are clear about that from the beginning.

We are keenly focused on supplying answers that help the Tron Community.

So, if you have questions about anything in the community, DM @mobrules1968, @curtiskitchen, and @mishalederman. We’ll see what we can do to help from an informational (and sometimes actionable) vantage point. 

And, if you’re decentralized, join the cause. Include #IAMDECENTRALIZED on your Tron, crypto, and blockchain tweets from now on!

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Of course, Bakkt should include Tron; and Tron needs to figure out its Super Representative problem

It really doesn’t do any good to list all of Tron’s achievements over the past two months. Every credible crypto media source has covered them in detail. And, our friend, @mishalederman, has wonderfully kept the Twitterati informed about Tron’s continued infrastructure growth.

So, let’s get right down to it. Of course, Bakkt should include Tron to its mix. 

Bakkt wants to bring the very best of digital asset investment to the masses through its product, and adding a growing power like Tron would only strengthen its offering. 

To its credit, Bakkt tweeted and said it “would consider additional contracts as the landscape evolves and as we receive additional customer feedback about what they want and need.”

And, to its equal credit, the Tron community shook off a post-Thanksgiving food coma and got to work reposting at Bakkt or submitting Lederman’s letter template

It is all good work by everyone involved.

It is not all good news for Tron, however, as a mini controversy has erupted inside the Super Representative house.

Over the past few weeks, Tron supporters and Super Representatives began to notice seemingly random, shadowy names popping up as SR candidates. In what seemed like no time, those shadow figures suddenly burst up the ranks to become SRs – much to the dismay of current, long-standing, loyal, vetted, community-building SRs who were unceremoniously dumped after doing absolutely nothing other than performing flawlessly or nearly so in the network.

And while there might be some sour grapes from those who have superiorly illustrated their capabilities and support for Tron but are now outside of the democratic voting system, that’s not the real issue.

What doesn’t pass the smell test is how one rep, for example, explodes onto the scene with north of 200 million votes all at once when they never had SR intentions at all

And then, in a rewards conversation, show ignorance on the token they are supposed to be a steward for. 

And then, to top it all off, announce that your rewards system is being delayed.

There’s no discussion to be had here. ALLE Exchange is bad for Tron, and Tron needs to stop this behavior.

There’s nothing democratic about someone buying their way into a position and profiting from it.*

*Don’t @me about U.S. politics, either.

With all of that out of the way, let’s get back to good things… like waiting for that incoming IGG airdrop.

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#IAmDecentralized: Not just a storm. Climate change.

So, I’m listening to the soundtrack from Braveheart … because who doesn’t get super jacked on a Thursday night listening to somber Scottish tones tinged with the oncoming dread of heroic martyrdom!?

 But, I digress …

Ladies and gentlemen, something pretty fantastic is coming soon to and for the Tron community. (Not a Lambo or anything, but still, pretty great.)

Let me explain.

After #operationtronstorm, @mobrules1968 and I got to talking. And thinking. And planning. And asking. And doing.

And our conversations about Tron, Justin Sun, the Tron community, decentralization, and the crypto world at large turned from “why isn’t there?”, into “what if there could be?”, into “why don’t we?”

Along that path, we had the incredible fortune of bringing @mishalederman and @janezrajsp (John) into the fold, and the four of us have spent the better part of the past 4-6 weeks developing something that makes #operationtronstrom — as much fun as it was — look more like a passing light rain shower.

So, what is IAMDECENTRALIZED.org?

It is a gateway. It is your gateway. It is the connector between Tron, including Justin Sun (as far as we’re planning), and the Tron community.

The new site, scheduled to launch in November, will be a place of idea sharing, information distribution, Tron updates and news from the Foundation and Super Representatives, prices, guides on coins, our blogs and other content, and more.

It’s a lot, but it goes to one of the first needs Mob and I felt existed in the community – which is a conduit for Tron news, and voices who can help explain what it all means as it happens. Think about cool content like Misha’s recent videos on Twitter. Then, combine that with my blogs (and voice, eventually), Mob’s affinity for hats (as shown in the recent Dallas Tron meetup), and John’s superior web development.

And participation and engagement from you from time to time in cool initiatives that happen along the way.

All in one place.

We’re so stoked, and we hope you are as well.

Now, there are other dApps, and sites, and places you will always be able to go to get some of what I’ve described. But, you won’t be able to get it all in one place, and you sure won’t be able to get some of the original content we’ll have.

Come get decentralized with us. It should make for a hella good ride. And, like William Wallace said:

“If we win, we’ll have what none of us have ever had before – a country decentralized Internet of our own.”

Here’s to iamdecentralized.org and to all of us being proud in saying #Iamdecentralized.

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Tron: This week in know-it-all investors and agenda-holding SR candidates

It’s hard to say which is rising faster lately – the number of daily transactions Tron can now handle, the number of daily stories lately all singing Tron’s praises …

– … or, the number of people on crypto Twitter who generally feel like they could run Tron better than Justin Sun at this point.

– Anything that runs as smoothly as Tron’s production schedule in its first year is not an accident, nor is it as easy as it appears.

– It does appear, however, that the fourth quarter of this year could be really, really fun for Tron supporters.

– I don’t know specifics. I do know that foundational, FUNCTIONAL layers continue to be built without controversy.

– Know who else knows that?

– DApp developers.

– Lots of DApp developers.

– I’ve learned that a key to large-scale success is pooling as much talent in one place and letting that talent do its creative thing.

– Tron’s scope has become so massive, and there has been so much news about where and how Tron is being implemented, that it’s easy to forget about Tron’s growing blockchain capability — the DApps part, or the music part, or the accepted payment part.

– Developers from all walks of techie life will congregate in one place and find benefit in working on this new, massively effective, friendly, economical platform.

– It’s all “Tron.”

– That’s what people who are stuck freaking out every day about TRX values, and who aren’t day-traders, should try to remember.

– The more Tron ingratiates itself into the fabric of daily life – be it through gaming, entertainment, e-commerce, general payment options, etc. – the more value it will achieve. Period.

– Of course, the smooth transactional stuff (and everything else, basically) falls on the Super Representatives.

– And boy, has there been chatter about that group lately.

– It would behoove those entities aspiring to be an SR to be mindful of consequences in attacking others.

– The Tron community is not particularly large, and it is super observant.

– It values competitiveness, just like it does transparency.

– For example, it is not transparent to publicly question the integrity of a current SR when you fully intend later, like a few days later, to announce you’re running for SR.

– Feels pretty underhanded, mate.

– In any case, it’s a great thing that the community continues to watch and learn on the fly as the entire industry continues to evolve.

– As that continues to happen, it will become paramount that the companies, including Tron, go out of their way to educate their audiences about things like, say …

– Coin burns. (And their role when the coin isn’t the main focus.)

– Or …

– I know the number of accounts is something Tron likes to throw out there as a sign of growth, and I get that. However, when someone tipped me using @goseedit, a new Tron wallet was created for me. I had that tip forwarded to my original account. Both accounts remain on Tronscan.

– If both accounts are counted on Tronscan, and I assume they are, then the total number of accounts can’t be viewed as unique accounts, it’s simply a total number of accounts.

– Unless I’m missing something, that sort of dims the excitement around the accounts total, doesn’t it?

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#OperationTronStorm: Where do the winds take it from here?

“Now it seems to me some fine things have been laid upon your table …”

Who knew.

Who could have seen what this past week’s events would bring inside both the Tron community and the crypto community at large?

I suppose I should start with the obvious in the successful launch of #OperationTronStorm. I mean … it’s been a week, and I’ve been a part of some big campaigns and events in my life, but, holy Moses … I never saw this coming. And if anyone tells you they did, they’re lying.*justin-sun-tron-operation-tron-storm

*(Not a little lie, a big one. Like, let’s say I told people I didn’t know my lawyer paid for my porn stars but then later I tell you I actually was the one who paid for the porn stars. That kind of big lie.)

The response from the Tron community was more than we could have asked. And, it’s only grown since the first day. More and more people are using @goseedit. Tron Wallet numbers are spiking. Tron and other coins are changing hands at an enormous rate. The crypto media took major notice.

All of it made something explicitly clear to me, even if @wlfofmyst, @mobrules1968 and I built Operation Tron Storm with the thought in mind:

Operation Tron Storm is much, much larger than any one individual. The community spirit of sharing crypto and blockchain technology with the masses belongs to everyone who wants it.

But, as fantastic as it all was, is, and I believe will continue to be, it was a pinnacle of sorts when we found out that the Tron Foundation and Justin Sun were aware of the campaign.

And, they liked it.

And later, someone(s) from inside the Foundation told the ICO Journal things like:

“Without giving away details you can expect our team to further attempt to develop relationships with global influencers and brands. The way that we look at it, what is the downside? We will make all sorts of attempts and all that can occur is that they say ‘no thanks’? The Tron community has shown us that even those attempts are worth the effort…”

With another source telling ICO Journal:

“We know an opportunity when we see it and this is one of them. We are working on more ‘visible’ partnerships and deeper and larger sponsorships and can be a part of our overall message. Is there one way we’d describe the Tron Storm here? We’d just say ‘thank you’ to the whole Tron community.”

To recap: Tron liked OTS so much that it already has started working on “visible” partnerships with influencers and brands. They have the star-power to pull off what I hoped we could do with Taylor Swift a little over a month ago. (God… a month… that’s it. How much has changed!?)

So, great news and things, but where does that leave Operation Tron Storm’s efforts?

Because things were monumentally far more influential than we could have ever dreamed, we need to step back and do some reassessment. We were going to be about reaching out to the public and to influencers. We thought doing just that part would take several coordinated efforts over a longer period of time. Wonderfully, it didn’t.

As things have played out, we think it’s a better idea to let the Foundation run with their plans for the time being and perhaps guide us on where OTS’ efforts best could support their efforts. In the meantime, though, we’re also going to work internally on identifying ways we can use our new platform and voice to best serve the Tron community.

We already have some pretty good ideas.

That said, let’s talk about that bounty.

The Kanye bounty – as part of the OTS rollout, is still in effect. We haven’t gotten the specific response we had hoped for from conducting the bounty, but while we are eyeing our new strategies for the future, we want to give the bounty a totally fair shake instead of it sorta filtering away into the nothingness.

So, the bounty will remain open until midnight (U.S. Central Time) Saturday, Sept. 1. It will close at that time. Later on Saturday, we will also announce a new program we think will work well with the growing strategies built around Operation Tron Storm’s spirit. It will involve the community, and we think you’ll like it.

You’ll probably even like it enough to tip.

Watch here and watch us on Twitter for later information.

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#OperationTronStorm hits early success; and we have to take out some trash

Suffice to say, #OperationTronStorm has been a success.

It gave @goseedit great exposure for its fantastic tipping tool. It proved real-world use for the Tron community. And, it spurred some really creative usage among tippers – including entertainers, government leaders, upcoming livestream performances, and lots more.

Truly, it has been special to see just how giving so many people are willing to be and how energetic they are about helping tell the world that there is a new, better way to conduct transactions with digital currency.

And yet … even the prettiest of unicorns can still have a sore anus.

Unfortunately, that anus proved to be infected and irritating on Monday in the form of a Twitter user who felt the need to, over the course of many tweets, disparage Operation Tron Storm and the Tron Community’s well-intentioned efforts to push the public relations outreach campaign.

They even went as far as to throw unveiled accusations of theft of coins by our group.

Every bit of my professional public relations and business sense has told me to ignore such trolls and let the project’s good works prove our group’s intentions – both now and long-term. But, there are also times when it isn’t about taking higher roads or living by every public relations best practice.

Sometimes, you just have to stop, turn, stare down the bully, and punch them in the face.

Guys and gals, those of you who have followed @wlfofmyst, @mobrules1968, or me for any amount of time know that this project has always been about one thing: encouraging people to learn about and use Tron. We asked for you to donate/tip a small amount of Tron, directly to people you wanted to include, true. We asked you to tip people that, true, may not ever respond or use it in the future. We did so in the hope that it *might* turn into a superstar’s endorsing Tron now or in the future because that helps everybody – from you and me all the way up to Justin Sun himself.

But, there’s nothing more to it than that. Period. And to insinuate anything contrary is incorrect and awful.

Also incorrect was the Tweeter’s conclusion that a campaign like Operation Tron Storm isn’t necessary because Tron already is the most talked about crypto on Twitter. That’s like putting a drop of water in a dry pool and saying it’s safe to dive in. If anything, it is an example of a severe lack of awareness.

Folks, as awesome and inspiring the past weekend was, it was a small start, not the big finish. True, Tron has smoked every other crypto in Twitter mentions the past few days. But, it didn’t crack Twitter hashtag mentions overall, and to date from what I can tell anyways, nobody mainstream in culture or journalism has picked up the message.

It just hasn’t happened … yet. Work remains to be done because, no, everybody doesn’t already know about Tron. Not yet.

What happened on Monday wasn’t good. It wasn’t productive. It didn’t help anybody. But, our responses were necessary because accusations of theft are never okay — especially in this environment.

So with that said … it’s time to move on and get back to doing what we love. Look for new Operation Tron Storm events in the coming days, and keep telling others about Tron, @goseedit, and the growing list of awesome projects set to fly off the Tron production chain.

Let’s keep collaborating and keep aiming to accomplish something great for the community.

Remember that the super awesome bounty for Kanye West is still open, and that every time you tip someone new a new Tron Wallet is created. And lastly, know that the spike in new accounts over the weekend was a super direct result of your high-level participation in Operation Tron Storm.

Sincerely,

Wolf, Mob, & Kitchen

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TRON: Entertainers, it’s time to take back control of your music and content!

 

Hello, there!

What, exactly, did you just watch?

In 2014, Taylor Swift said“music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album’s price point is.”

It’s now POSSIBLE for you to do that! And not just possible, but super easy.

That’s right, in Tron, you just saw the solution to owning your own content – music, lyrics, all of it. Yours.

This is every entertainer’s opportunity to shift the industry’s power back into the hands of the artistic creators themselves.

It’s not waxing poetic here. This is for real.

With Tron, you can:

– Get paid for every download
– Set your own download price
– Be an ambassador of a new, artist-focused way of using the Internet. When you use Tron, you’re gonna help redefine artists’ content rights!

It’s simple….

– What we need from you: Use your new wallet.

You were just tipped Tron by someone as part of Operation Tron Storm. That’s how you got the link you did and came to this page. Head to goseedit.io and see the wallet that was automatically created for you. (All you need to do is click the “Wallet” button at the top right and log in with Twitter credentials!)

Want a video tutorial on how easy tipping is? Watch this!

Next, get to know Tron. Do a search and see why Tron is perfect for the entertainment industry, and why it could be a complete game-changer for you. Or, watch this interview with Tron creator Justin Sun:

Welcome aboard! We’re glad you’re here, and if you see Taylor Swift, tell her she still has time to get on board also. There’s plenty of room for everyone!

Sincerely,

Wolf, Mob, & Kitchen

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