Bitcoin just stumbled; will Tron (and others) push it out of the way?

We’re in bloggy territory here, right? So, let’s break from an air of reporting and columnizing and just shoot the breeze for a second.

It’s been a while since I last posted. That’s what happens when you welcome a new daughter to the world. She doesn’t sleep much when she’s supposed to, but pretty sure she’s a keeper. Even if she’s already proven capable of firing off biological weapons when diapers aren’t on.

On that note, let’s talk about something else that stunk up the place the past few days.

Just what the hell was the mix-up regarding Bitcoin and Starbucks? I watched the headlines roll out before everybody and their dog blamed the media for a supposed mix-up that first said crypto currencies such as Bitcoin could soon be used for coffee things. Then, Starbucks comes back and decafs everybody by saying you won’t. Instead, you’ll be able to use an exchange to convert crypto into dollars that then can be used for Starbucks.

On a excited scale from 1-10, that news ranked -2009 Satoshis.

What that news also did for me, however, is point out the core issue with Bitcoin – something I hadn’t quite been able to wrap my head around until now.

Everyone wants to see Bitcoin increase in value again, but mass adoption has become the game and nobody knows to make that work with Bitcoin at this point. It’s like they’re just hoping interest picks up again.

Some want it as a currency. Others want it as some sort of investment safehaven like gold or silver. Others still just want to see it get adopted in the general public marketplace. And, there always will be the group that doesn’t care nuthin’ ’bout nuthin’ except for when the next BTC bull will run.

The more I watch, the more it seems there really isn’t a strategy other than wishful thinking that demand for Bitcoin will again go up someday – with a limited supply again driving a huge demand for no good reason at all. Supporters and investors are simply hoping somebody decides to inject Bitcoin into the general marketplace because, “Hey, everybody knows Bitcoin…of course, it will go up again!”

Bitcoin has been the front-runner for a long time and probably will be for a while longer. It had a giant head start. But, other coin and blockchain producers have realized there has to be something behind the currency (and all the value that comes with it) to drive it. It has to be a solution provider.

Ripple gets that like few others. And, so does Tron.

Tron has presented itself as a blockchain solution provider first and foremost – with tokens coming in second. And, in the past year — especially in the past few months — quick digging sees an increasing number of Upside Down-like vines tentacled out from Justin Sun’s creation. Nodes are growing on the system daily, and so are wallets. Businesses around the world are beginning to accept Tron as payment.

As I said on Twitter recently, Tron isn’t trying to be part of “a” system. It wants to be the whole system. The coins are nice because they give investors a chance to grab the moving train, but the real power comes from a fast-building network.

Shit is everywhere, man. And, it’s growing.

So, Starbucks, you want to go ahead and make the next logical grande move to actually accepting crypto for your overpriced drinks? Tron is already making that life easy.

You should look into it.

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And, FULL DISCLOSURE: I am a Tron (TRX) investor. I am not a financial advisor. This content should not be used as a base for or considered to be financial advice.

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Hollywood eyeing Tron/BitTorrent?

“The old guard are following events, and watching carefully.”

A few weeks ago, the public general reaction to Justin Sun and Tron purchasing BitTorrent ranged on a scale from “BitTorrent is still a thing?” to “What’s a Tron?”

Within the blockchain and crypto communities, however, the move created one hell of a buzz.

In that excitement, Tron loyalists have begun digging into BitTorrent’s history. What they are finding are loads of examples of exactly why Justin Sun made it a priority to add not just any peer-sharing apparatus, but this one. 

Some of what was uncovered in recent days:

– Though it made news this past week by visiting with Sun, Twitter was on board with BitTorrent … all the way back in 2010.

– So was Facebook.

– At its core, BitTorrent’s Paygate service in 2014 was headed in the right direction for putting a lot of money back in the pockets of artists.

– And, an added bonus for you: Want to know why the Tron/BitTorrent match is absolutely perfect? Read this 2014 piece from the Harvard Business Review and keep Tron in your mind as you consider the article’s final paragraph.

Putting ALL of that aside, it’s no secret that Hollywood itself knows BitTorrent’s potential power. It also has been watching BitTorrent’s move. “The old guard are following events, and watching carefully,” a Hollywood production insider told me.

It all has brought legitimacy to Tron’s stated larger vision of decentralizing the Internet and putting creative control back fully in the hands of entertainment creators.*


*If you’re new to this concept, do you know Taylor Swift? She famously wrote an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal in 2014 and in it said:

“It’s my opinion that 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.”

Swift was almost right, except, with Tron’s smart contracts abilities, an artist wouldn’t even need the label if they didn’t want to go down that road. Thinking of her words now and pairing her thoughts with today’s Tron option…

Taylor Swift, with her iconic stature, is the unlikely mass-appeal hero that Tron needs and should use to break through to the general public.


But, even still, there seemed to be a large amount of doubt circling Justin Sun’s project – reflected in Tron’s trading price, not to mention in the confidence of pump-addicted detractors willing to share their well-reasoned, logical thoughts via Twitter.

Their issue, of course, is that they don’t, won’t, or can’t see past Tron as anything more than a cryptocurrency. That’s a shame because they’re missing the point.

According to digital content producer Robert S. Seppälä, Tron’s nabbing of BitTorrent is the real deal-maker – far ahead of the Tron token that so many one-pump chumps are hoping to cash in on.

“I agree the ]TRON] currency is cool, but beyond the bean counting, I believe it’s the content and entertainment delivered in the future that will drive this new world of decentralization through Tron,” said Seppälä, who is producer, director, and writer for EverTell. “It’s exciting.”

From many accounts, he’s not alone in that thinking.

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Or, what topics would you like to read about as we all grow with Crypto and Blockchain? 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.

Why people believe in Tron – in their words

Earlier this week, I asked people on Twitter why they believe in Tron. I asked because while I have my own reasons, I wondered if there wasn’t something else I was missing.

I knew I was missing out on something because I’m not an investment professional, and I’m not a developer. Those types of folks, I assumed, are attracted to far different aspects of Justin Sun’s product than I am, even if we all share some level of hope to see an investment take off.

Personally, I’m a big fan of what Tron promises in terms of eliminating middle people and paying content creators directly. I love the entertainment industry and the vast content publishing landscape that now exists. But, I’ve seen how badly some creators have been gouged when the full rights to their own literature, songs, videos, etc. have been compromised as a trade for publishing on centralized platforms. So yeah, something like what Tron is selling interested me pretty quickly.

What I’ve come to realize, though, is that the real enthusiasm I have for it and several blockchain companies stems from their visions and missions. Those that haven’t really established a long-term plan, or those that literally had a plan to fork and that’s it, I’m not drawn to as much. Other people are, and that’s fine. I need more.

How are you going to change my world and everyone else’s? Better entertainment apps? Better financial systems and faster transactions? I get full ownership of my content?

I don’t necessarily want more than a working knowledge of the technologies behind blockchain and crypto (though, it is really stinking cool once you get used to it). I want you to tell me what you’re going to do with it.

And, gauging by many responses I got to the question, “Why do you believe in Tron?”, the platform (and others) are speaking to a growing number of others also – and not just with the allure of financial gain.

See for yourself:

People are stoked for a host of individual reasons. So, here’s to you, whoever you are, getting whatever it is you hope to get from the quickly evolving crypto world.

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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.

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.