It appears the rumors about Justin Sun and Steemit Inc were not totally unfounded.
There was an interview with Sun where he asked him about this topic. Sun not only did not deny it but he basically confirmed it.
He talked about the active acquisitions while also mentioning one they invest in.
Here is some of what was said.
Sun: We are backing the projects but we are not the person who leads those projects.
Interviewer: This applies to Steem and Poloniex.
Sun: Yeah. Yeah. So ah and and also Wink.
Sun then goes on to add this:
And also Steem, we haven't said anything about Steem yet. So, its all, like, in commercial discussion. We havent released any news.
Sun appears to confirm that is some kind of investment that either went to Steem (I presume it applies to Steemit Inc) or will be going there.
Take a listen for yourself. This part starts at about the 20 minute mark.
As exciting as this is, there was other information that came out from the Steemit Inc team. @aggroed held a Witness Forum with the team on there. We heard a few things discussed that I feel are important.
The first has to do with scaling. Aggroed asked @vandeberg about it. He is one of the blockchain developers for Steemit Inc. He went on to say that, while not able to give a precise transactions per second or how much traffic Steem could handle, that he feels Steem can scale better than most, if not all, other blockchains.
When pressed on the order of magnitude that the blockchain could handle, he did say that he believes it would be well beyond a 10x from here. The reason why it is so difficult to answer is because not all transactions are the same. They will vary in size and scope.
Either way, the point was clear: Steem's ability to scale, according to one of the main developers, outpaces most of what is out there. This is something that should be encouraging to everyone.
There was also a lot of discussion about SMTs and Communities.
The hope on Communities, according to @elipowell, is that they go fully live in the next 60 days or so. They are staging it in and one of the things that will accelerate it is for the user base to post in the communities. The goal is to have real world, thriving examples.
Another piece that Eli reveled is that Hackernoon is looking into the possible use of Communities to adjunct their website. This is a fairly decent sized community and would be a great addition to the Steem platform.
Finally, the question that most everyone is wondering is when will SMTs go live? When is the hard fork going to take place?
Vandeberg also took a shot at this one stating they are still uncovering some bugs in the software. While he would love to get it out as soon as possible, this is not going to happen until they believe there will be a seamless release. As long as they are still finding some glitches, they are going to keep updating and setting up new testnets.
One point he did make is that he is optimistic that it can take place before the Bitcoin halving that is taking place on May 12th.
Thus, we could see SMTs live within the next 90 days.
Here is the full recording.
There we have it. Information that came straight from the different sources. Justin Sun has a serious interest in Steem and is putting some money up to back that. Communities and SMTs are moving forward and the belief by both Eli and Vendeberg is they can be live in the next 60-90 days.
A lot of great stuff happening at this time. Things are getting very exciting.
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That is super interesting. And very exciting! Thanks for sharing the news, @taskmaster4450.
Very cool to see this all happening. What is happening with resource pools for RCs ?
It's funny some steemians were worried if Justin was involved because they think he is a poor investor. I have no opinion but that's what I'm hearing. Perhaps just jealousy
Thabks for sharing this,l. Had a feeling that the stuff with justin sun had some truth as no one from tron or steem denied it.
90 Days is really great news for SMT and with the price doing good they may help it more.
If Hackernoon is going to adopt the SMT protocol, then that could be huge! The word will spread out like wildfire in the computer nerd community if a lot the users get excited about the possibility of earning crypto for their contributions.
It's better to fix all the bugs to make the release as smooth as possible than to rush into releasing SMTs as soon as possible.
Always good to have good updates of this kind especially at the moment I have less time with my crypto kid. Thank you so much for your value here.
In a DLive stream (I transcribed it) he said he wants to expand to decentralized social media.
Interesting read. Look forward to what else has to come from this....
Great read, great news, and thank you for the update.
Interesting TRON founder is jumping into STEEM blockchain while STEEM founder Ned went off to EOS blockchain, and the revolving door keeps swinging (Charles left ETH for ADA too)
All good of course, it's a small ecosystem the crypto industry. But social media is a huge global industry and any smart person will know to invest time and money into a social media lifestyle, business or pleasure. I live on Steemit for example, for income and recreation simultaneously.
Something is not adding up. Why would he 'invest' in steem and forfeit poloniex users' steem? Taking steem off the exchange is not consistent with expanding steem's reach. Is he buying stinc's ninjamined stake?
Hopefully, our dev's are on the ball and ready to fork out more bad actors if that proves to be the case.
Now the question is: is he referring to Steem or actually Steemit Inc? If I understood him correctly, then Sun is pretty much only interested in increasing the value for TRX & BTT.
If Justin Sun is going to be involved in STEEM, there will be huge publicity and marketing for STEEM and possibly cross-chain TRON and STEEM. Upvoted!
10x isn't that great. It's actually alarming.
We should probably stress test steem.
Of we expect Steem to have millions of daily users then Steem needs to be able to handle that.
TBH I don't take anything Justin Sun says as confirmation of anything. Unless the confirmation comes from Steemit Inc side, it's still just empty talk IMO.
I don't like it if Justin Sun has anything associated with Steem, he is a scam guy, how is that good for Steem @taskmaster? https://steempeak.com/poloniex/@mintymile/have-you-heard-poloniex-is-now-owned-by-justin-sun
Purely hypothetical pondering here. What if one would have the intent to invest based on the significant growth potential the platform. As core technologies begin to gain traction within the industry and the platform becomes very attractive to the public at-large, perhaps a bid for an outright buyout would occur. At the point that the company has reached its perceived maxium potential within the market, the said owner of the company would then seek to sell the whole thing for a tidy profit. If such a scenario where to happen, how would this affect the Steem/Steemit missions and the values upon which thy are built? What would be the effect on Steemians and the businesses built upon the Steem blockchain?
Important topic for discussion, thanks for the heads-up.
I'm not sure that I like this statement: Steemit old token STEEM to move to the Tron blockchain
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