Justin Sun

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Justin Sun
Occupation Founder
Employer TRON
Location San Francisco, CA
Personal Twitter @justinsuntron
LinkedIn Profile
Website Tron Network

Justin (Yuchen) Sun is a Chinese entrepreneur and the founder of TRON (TRX).[1] He is also the self-proclaimed protégé of Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba. Sun was listed in Forbes' 30 under 30 list in 2017 for consumer technology.[2][3]


Before founding the Tron Foundation, Justin Sun worked for two years as the chief representative and advisor to Ripple in greater China.[4] He is also the founder of PEIWO, an extremely popular mobile social networking and voice streaming app.[5]


In July 2018, Sun purchased BitTorrent for $140 million. BitTorrent is the company that owns uTorrent, a peer-to-peer file sharing application that has been responsible for 3 percent of the Internet's daily traffic since at least 2015. The announcement said that BitTorrent's team would be working out of the TRON San Francisco location.[6][7]

Clashes with Ethereum Founder

Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin has clashed with Justin Sun over Twitter on several occasions. In April 2018, Sun posted a diagram arguing that TRON is a superior protocol to Ethereum. Buterin responded over Twitter by accusing Sun of misrepresenting the capabilities of his platform, as well as referencing allegations of plagiarism made against Sun and TRON earlier that year.[8][9][10] Buterin made similar jabs at Sun in September while defending a controversial remark he made about the blockchain industry's potential market growth, insinuating that Sun is apt to encourage unrealistic amounts of hype for crypto products.[11]

"Rescue Fund" for ETH and EOS developers

In December 2018, Sun posted a tweet saying that he would build a fund to "rescue" developers of the "collapsing" Ethereum and EOS platforms, on the condition that they migrated their dApps to the TRON network. The tweet was not received with warmly by Ethereum and EOS developers.[12][13]


Sun attended Peking University from 2007 to 2011, from which he received a Bachelor of Arts in History. He also studied the liberal arts and sciences at the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 2009 to 2010. He attended the University of Pennslyvania from 2011 to 2013, where he received a Master of Arts degree in Political Economy.[14] He was the only millennial student of Hupan University before graduating in 2018.[15][16]