Vitalik Buterin the founder of Ethereum and famous "non-giver of Ether" just gave away $100,000 in ETH, because, YOLO.
The funds were sent ot Prysmatic Labs afert one of their developer scompained about budget restrictions to vitalike in a tweet, prompting the prodigy to send over some of his personal stash:
Just sent 1000 eth. Yolo.https://t.co/s1q8K5Wlhs— Vitalik Non-giver of Ether (@VitalikButerin) December 19, 2018
Prior to this act of altruism, was a discussion surrounding the progress (or lack thereof) of Ethereum development.
The discourse was initiated after a statement from Fred Wilson - co-founder of Union Square Ventures - describing the shortfalls of Ethereum leadership:
Oct 2018 @fredwilson w/ "tough love" comments on Eth— Ryan Sean Adams (@RyanSAdams) December 18, 2018
TLDR; He says Ethereum isn't killing it, they're blowing their lead. They're wittling value away by missing ship dates & are lacking basic operational leadership to get shit down
What do you think?https://t.co/kclM08t5s6
This sparked others to comment on the supposed lack of progression from ethereum in areas including scaling. Buterin responded personally:
Hard to increase focus on scalability when we're close to 100% on that already....https://t.co/kil3rHFIb6— Vitalik Non-giver of Ether (@VitalikButerin) December 18, 2018
(And also the 1.x stuff on top of this for shorter-term scalability boosts)
In turn, Preston Van Loon, a developer at Prysmatic Labs - a client focused on the scaling issue – jumped into the fray, describing the hardships of developing with lack of funding, to which Vitalik responded by saying:
“Just sent 1000 eth. Yolo.”
Accompanying his response was a link to etherscan providing proof of the transaction:
Unsupringly, Buterin was then inundated with funding requests; one of which he actually acquiesced to:
Guess I have to 🤣— Vitalik Non-giver of Ether (@VitalikButerin) December 19, 2018
(Though precommitment: this is the last one)
Same instruction as to Mikerah: please put the address somewhere on https://t.co/gz5CS5usfn so I can verify you're not an evil hacker working for @northkoreadprk gov trying to *increase* the world's centralization
Buterin wasn’t finished with the altruism just yet, one last request caught his eye….
Sent you 100 TPT: https://t.co/ttL6bNjBTB— Vitalik Non-giver of Ether (@VitalikButerin) December 19, 2018
No idea what TPT is, just some random coin I got airdropped for some reason. So you can keep it.
What followed was some of the best comments seen from crypto Twitter in weeks…
Vitalik "giver of whatever I've got lying around" Buterin— Tor Bair (@TorBair) December 19, 2018
Do we need to send 2,000 ETH first?— Crypto Rand (@crypto_rand) December 19, 2018
"Vitalik YOLO-er of 1000 ETH"— 👹 Ameen Soleimani (@ameensol) December 19, 2018
“Vitalik Non-giver of Ether”— Faraaz Nishtar 🦊 (@FaraazNishtar) December 19, 2018
> Just sent 1000 eth.
I DONT KNOW WHAT TO BELIEVE ANYMORE