“In January, basketball legend Kobe Bryant shared the stage with 28-year-old Tron CEO Justin Sun at the glitzy NiTROn Summit in San Francisco, where Sun’s blockchain-based cryptocurrency company entertained more than 1,000 attendees at its first-ever developer conference.
Beauty pageant winners held the doors at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, where Apple’s Steve Jobs regularly unveiled new iPhones and Macs. Bryant, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, five-time NBA champion, and one of the best career players of all time, was on hand to talk about entrepreneurship and his post-basketball life as a venture capitalist. His $100 million firm, Bryant Stibel, focuses on media, tech, and gaming, with investments in companies like The Players Tribune, a sports website, and Scopely, a mobile-game publisher.
The posh setting, the beauties, and Kobe were no accident. Tron, just a little more than a year old, was sending a clear message: we’re here to win, and we have a way to take crypto to the masses—games. Sun touted a recently announced $100 million fund to convince developers to make games on top of Tron, which Sun said was critical to mass adoption of blockchain-based gaming.”