“A coincidence is a small miracle when God chooses to remain anonymous.” Albert Einstein
Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder and prodigy behind Ethereum (ETH) is only 25 years of age, while Justin Jun, the founder of Tron is 29 years old. These two are probably the youngest entrepreneurs in the cryptocurrency sphere.
Seven years from today an eighteen-year-old Vitalik first entered the crypto space with the Bitcoin Magazine in 2012. Later in mid-2013, after the success of the magazine, reportedly, he was offered an internship at Ripple Labs. However, the US Visa constraints stopped him taking the offer.
Vitalik tweeted on 19th April:
“Fun fact: I tried to be an intern at Ripple back in the day (mid 2013), but US visa complications having to do with the fact that the company had only existed for 9 months and the minimum was 1 year stopped me.”
Furthermore, what conspired in late 2013 changed the cryptocurrency space forever, when Vitalik issued the first Whitepaper for Ethereum. Finally, Vitalik Buterin with Mihai Alisie, Anthony Di Iorio, Charles Hoskinson, Joe Lubin, and Gavin Wood found the Ethereum Platform in July 2015. Had the US granted permission to Vitalik to work at Ripple Labs, the world would have probably missed out on Ethereum.
Vitalik Missed But Justin Sun Actually Worked At Ripple Labs
Justin Sun, the founder of Tron was co-incidentally working at Ripple during the same time Vitalik had applied. Justin Sun served Ripple Labs from the Greater China region from December 2013 to January 2016.
He replied to the above tweet of Vitalik with a very positive note on a personal level. He tweeted:
When I found out these facts from @@in late 2013/early 2014, had we both been at Ripple, I am certain we would have been buddies👬since we would have been the only 2 millennials there! ❤
The cryptocurrency space has existed for more than a decade now. Moreover, the leaders of the space are coming together to foster the development of the ecosystem as a whole. The Magical Crypto Friends is another collaboration between lead developers of Litecoin, Monero and leading investor, Samson Mow which aims to educate the mass via their monthly video discussions.
Should we have a monthly podcast with Justin Sun and Vitalik Buterin too? Please share your views with us.
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Nivesh from Engineering Background is a full-time Crypto Analyst at Coingape. He is an atheist who believes in love and cultural diversity. He believes that Cryptocurrency is a necessity to deter corruption. He holds small amounts of cryptocurrencies. Faith and fear are two sides of the same coin. Follow him on Twitter at @nivishoes or mail him at nivesh(at)coingape.com