A brief but significant exchange between two crypto giants occurred recently, and it’s got the community talking. Charles Hoskinson, Founder of Cardano, recently tweeted Justin Sun, Founder of Tron, inviting him to use the Mantis client as a means of bolstering security and streamlining integration with a DPoS-style protocol. In the midst of Tron’s mainnet launch, utilizing Cardano’s Mantis client could be a beneficial value-add to the process.
Thanks for the advice! We’re looking to build the best blockchain technology so we’ll look at mantis too.
— Justin Sun (@justinsuntron) June 27, 2018
Daniel Listchel, a blockchain enthusiast on Twitter, inquired to see if Hoskinson’s invitation was genuine:
hey charles hope this is not irony from you. i like this approach from you more than bashing other projects. i think you can support each other and create partnerships that favor both projects. iohk and cardano can lift up other projects and maybe get some dev power in return 🙂
— Daniel Litschel (@donielXX) June 25, 2018
To which Hoskinson replied:
I’m being entirely serious. They seem to be using a fork of ethereum java. It would be much much better to use Mantis as a base
— Charles Hoskinson (@IOHK_Charles) June 25, 2018
Mantis is a command line client, developed by IOHK (the development team behind the Cardano protocol) that supports Ethereum Classic. Think of it as an add-on for the Daedalus wallet to give users another location to store their ETC. At the time of release of Mantis 1.1 in April, Darko Mijić, Daedalus Product Manager, aimed to “develop Daedalus into a universal wallet, blockchain platform, and app store for us by the global blockchain community.”
It’s safe to say that the crypto space as a whole aims for greater adoption amongst the world’s population, considering less than .5% of all people in the world own a cryptocurrency wallet, according to Statista. The exchange between two influential figures within the space is certainly encouraging to see. Considering both have hovered in and out of the top 10 ranks in market capitalization in recent times, based on CoinMarketCap, one might think that both are competing for market share. However, if the ultimate goal of global adoption is to be achieved, perhaps more of these collaborative efforts should take place.