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Vitalik Buterin: "I tried to be an intern at Ripple Back in the Day (Mid-2013)"
On Friday (April 19), Vitalik Buterin, the Russian-Canadian computer scientist who invented Ethereum, revealed a "funny fact" about himself: "I tried to be an intern at Ripple in the middle of the day (mid-2013 ) ".
Before looking at the context of Vitalik's observations, we need to remember that the first ideas behind Vitalik's original proposal for the Ethereum in December 2013 came as a result of his visit to Israel in October 2013:
"Let's first start with the older version of what would eventually become Ethereum when it was not even called Ethereum." When I was visiting Israel in October of 2013, I spent some time with the Mastercoin team and even suggested some resources for them. to spend a few times thinking about what they were doing, I sent the team a proposal to make their protocol more widespread and support more types of contracts without adding an equally large and complex set of resources. "
Vitalik's confession about trying to get a job at Ripple came through a tweet sent in response to the following tweet by Brian Armstrong, Co-Founder and CEO of Coinbase:
This is an excellent title https://t.co/CDq18kfSjP
– Brian Armstrong (@ brian_armstrong) April 19, 2019
Vitalik admitted that in mid-2013, when he was living in Canada, he tried to come to California to work as a trainee for the company that was later renamed (in September 2013) to Ripple Labs but failed to do so since the company sponsoring the visa had to be at least one year old:
Curious: I tried to be a trainee at Ripple in the past (mid-2013), but the complications in the US visas, related to the fact that the company existed for only 9 months and a minimum of 1 year, prevented me.
– Vitalik No Ether Giver (@VitalikButerin) April 19, 2019
It is important to note that OpenCoin (which was the original name of Ripple Labs), the company that Vitalik must have applied at the time, was co-founded by Chris Larsen and Jed McCaleb in September 2012, meaning that Vitalik must have applied to a job around June 2013.
Then, Justin Sun, founder and CEO of the TRON Foundation, which apparently (according to its Linkedin profile) was hired by Ripple Labs in December 2013 "as the first employee of [sic] Area of Greater China "and worked for the company until January 2016, decided to participate in the conversation:
When I discovered these facts of @justmoon in late 2013 / early 2014, if we were in Ripple, I'm sure we would have been friends – since we would have been the only 2 millennials there! (I.e.@VitalikButerin
– Justin Sun (@justinsuntron) April 19, 2019