Tesla CEO Elon Musk has yet to add bitcoin as a payment method, but for the crypto community, the door is always open. Tron CEO Justin Sun is putting his money where his mouth is, announcing a $20 million free cash airdrop that includes a Tesla for one follower. Sun wants to celebrate the resounding success of his latest baby, BitTorrent (BTT), and the addition of USDT on Tron later this year.
To allay any fears that his account had been compromised in yet another Twitter crypto giveaway scam, Sun followed up the announcement by confirming his “earlier tweet wasn’t a hack” and a “Tesla will be on its way to a lucky winner,” though he falls short of revealing which model it will be. To qualify, candidates only need to join Sun’s Twitter army of 962,000 strong by following him and retweeting the message, the latter of which has already been done more than 30,000 times.
To celebrate #BTT & #USDT–#TRON success, I am planning a $20m free cash airdrop. Good news-it’s coming, bad news-I may decide to give away more! First, I will randomly pick 1 winner for a #Tesla up until 3/27! To apply, follow me and RT this tweet! Simple! #Blockchain pic.twitter.com/wFyzwtB3ur
— Justin Sun (@justinsuntron) 12 de marzo de 2019
Might Justin Sun be trying to pique Elon Musk’s crypto-curiosity?
It’s not just Sun that’s trying to get the Tesla founder’s attention. Binance chief Changpeng Zhao in recent days responded to an older tweet by Musk who said he wanted to build a site where news articles, journalists, and publications would receive a credibility score, to which CZ responded:
“Need a little investment? Happy to contribute some, in #BNB.”
Musk previously revealed that he believes bitcoin is “brilliant” and that it surpasses paper money. He has yet to participate in the Bitcoin Lightning Torch relay, however, despite the crypto community’s best efforts to transact with him.
Will the Real Justin Sun Please Stand Up?
Tron’s Sun has many redeeming qualities, including his youth and mad marketing skills. Modesty, however, doesn’t seem to be one of them, as evidenced by his ambitions for Tron (TRX) to muscle its way into the four biggest cryptocurrencies by year end 2019, according to a tweet by Tommy Mustache, who describes himself as a “crypto warrior” and has amassed more than 11,000 Twitter followers.
Tron had reached all the milestones it had set out to achieve for 2018.
Here are Justin predictions for 2019. One of them is to take Tron to the top 4 ranking on CMC by the end of 2019.
I will be happy with being 5th or 6th, but will not complain about being 4th for sure. ? pic.twitter.com/EIcVfYga6y
— Tommy Mustache (@MustacheTommy) 2 de enero de 2019
According to the post – which was retweeted by the Tron Foundation – Sun is willing to accept the top 5 or 6 spots if things don’t go as planned. TRX is currently ranked as the No. 10 cryptocurrency on CoinMarketCap.
Nonetheless, in an early morning segment on CNBC’s Street Signs Asia show today he appeared to give a different impression.
“Basically, I think the valuation and market cap are just the surface of the business. Primarily, I’m more focused on the business development, technology, and lots of exciting things going on with the Tron network,” said Sun.
Sun also expects that tech leaders such as Facebook will do a great deal for mass adoption of crypto.
This Tech Entrepreneur Can’t Get Enough of Bitcoin
While Elon Musk may have yet to go all-in on crypto, another tech entrepreneur is diving in head first. Jack Dorsey, who is at the helm of both Twitter and payments app Square, continues to engage with the crypto crowd. Most recently he tweeted a picture of a gold chain that he purchased with bitcoin via the Square Cash App.
This is cool. Buy 24k gold or platinum jewelry from @mene and current value versus price purchased is tracked in real-time. I bought with bitcoin via @CashApp withdrawal. h/t @WahWhoWah pic.twitter.com/wCOQ2tkeFY
— jack (@jack) 12 de marzo de 2019
This transaction mimics the transparency of the blockchain in more ways than one in that it displays the current value of the 24k gold versus the price purchased in real-time. If Tesla’s Musk ever decides to integrate bitcoin payments, he might want to think about incorporating some way to illustrate sustainable-energy savings.
Gerelyn is a fintech and cryptocurrency journalist who started her career writing about traditional finance/Wall Street. She has been reporting on financial services for the past 15-plus years. In full disclosure, she holds bitcoin (BTC).