Ripple CTO Offers to Hire Vitalik Buterin, Justin Sun Hints at Possible Friendship with ETH Founder

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 10:32
Alex Dovbnya
❤️In a series of recent tweets by Coinbase’s CEO and Vitalik Buterin, curious details of Buterin’s past emerge, with Justin Sun giving Vitalik a ‘heart’ smiley
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Recently, the CEO of Coinbase posted a link to an article which says that US authorities refused to provide a visa to Zoom’s CEO nearly ten times, as well as how he became a billionaire.

The founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, joined the discussion, sharing some curious details from his past, before he created Ethereum.

Vitalik failed to become a Ripple intern

Replying to Brian Armstrong’s post, Vitalik wrote that he had also been rejected a US visa. This occurred back in 2013, when Buterin applied to become an intern with Ripple. However, since the company had only been working for less than a year, he did not receive a visa.

A user going by the name ‘XRP Bank’ jokingly suggested that now Buterin might apply for that position once again, tagging David Schwartz, Ripple’s CTO, in the tweet.

The reply came most unexpectedly, with the CTO offering Vitalik an internship position once again.

The communities of the two top crypto platforms, Ethereum and Ripple, came together in this thread to watch the dialogue.

One of Ethereum’s fans stood up to Schwartz, saying that he might show more respect to Vitalik and his achievements.

The Ripple CTO then had to explain that his comment was a mere joke, with all due respect to Vitalik.

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Justin Sun feels sorry he and Vitalik did not meet at Ripple

The founder of Tron, Justin Sun, who also used to work for Ripple once, expressed regret that he and Vitalik Buterin had not met at that company. The semi-trolling comment by Sun says that he and Vitalik would have been mates there, since they would have been the only millennials at Ripple back in 2013.

The community has taken the response to the joke with encouraging comments.

Still, earlier this year, Justin Sun said that in 2019, Tron may well start an official partnership with Ethereum, so a collaboration if not friendship between these two heads of competing platforms could still happen.

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at

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