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Ripple Devotes $25 Million In Digital and Blockchain Businesses

As innovations are coming in from blockchain industry, it takes a keen observer no time to identify it. This can be said of Ripple. The digital currency and global money transaction firm is investing $25 million into digital and blockchain startups.

Made in XRP, the $25 million investment is to be managed by Blockchain Capital Parallel IV, LP. The angel capital firm is seen as the first fund to accept capital calls in digital assets with concentration on the development of the blockchain space.

What is Obtained in the Ripple Investment?

According to Ripple, Blockchain Capital has approximately $150 million fund under its watch. The investment firm is expected to invest in entrepreneurial teams that are blockchain-focused. Not only that, the investment is expected to provide an opportunity to identify new use cases for the XRP Ledger and Interledger Protocol, Ripple has said.

According to Bart Stephens, co-founder and managing partner of Blockchain Capital, the capital firm is a pioneer in the blockchain sector, it has been at the fore and in the trenches with their portfolio companies, like Ripple, which is designing a new crypto ecosystem.

Bart made known that it saw opportunities for distributed ledger technology in healthcare and identity management.

“Whether it’s using XRP, bitcoin or just the underlying blockchain technology, our goal is to find the best projects and give them the resources to be successful companies that deliver value to customers for the long term,” Bart said.

Meanwhile, talking on the latest development with Blockchain Capital, Ripple’s SVP of Strategic Growth, Patrick Griffin, reiterated that “Blockchain Capital is the premiere fund for any project looking to get off the ground in the blockchain space. They have a proven track record for finding and funding the projects that matter.”

“This is the first fund that we’ve contributed to, and it won’t be the last. We plan to be major players in shaping the future generation of blockchain or crypto companies.”

The reason behind this investment, according to Ripple is that the firm believes in supporting the XRP Ledger and Interledger Protocol, at the same time, the cryptocurrency firm is ready to continue to seek opportunities and support entrepreneurs, companies and funds that share this vision.

Blockchain Capital is blockchain-centred venture investor, founded in 2013 to help entrepreneurs invest ideas, build companies, and manage projects on blockchain technology.  The San Francisco is flaunted as one of the oldest and most active venture investors in the blockchain technology sector. Since it was created, the venture has financed 72 companies, protocols and tokens.

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Ripple’s Hope Is Beyond Western Union

When Western union partnered Ripple, enthusiasts see it as a confirmation that the blockchain company is doing everything to become a household name money transfers. This is no doubt a good sign, however, many a number of events have surfaced, which have possibility of propelling the cryptocoin.

A whole lot of observers won’t deny that Ripple is doing fantastic with many firms testing its tools for cross border transaction, and some banks partnering with the firm after careful observations and guarantee that Ripple is the next thing in cross border transactions.

It is no doubt that Western Union and MoneyGram are sources of developments for Ripple, especially now that there are numerous assertions that the New WU applications is depending on RippleNet. There are still some collaborations that will enhance Ripple in the next few months.

Allvor: The First Cryptocurrency to be Hosted On Ripple

Allvor is another feather to the cap of Ripple. It is branding itself as the first cryptocurrency powered by XRP Ledger with a distinct functionality and a focus on e-commerce. Allvor proposed integration, using XRP ledger superior technology, if widely accepted, it will go a long way in boosting the cryptocurrency use on a global scale.

The team behind the idea says the Allvor Project is an independent initiative, which has no support or sponsorship from Ripple Company, but will use the XRP Ledger which is a development of the Ripple Company, the best and most efficient distributed database technology ever made.

“In the next years, the best and most consistent blockchain technologies will transparently integrate and operate with the various layers and protocols required to conduct financial and business transactions,” the team has said.

“The Allvor Project will be focused on developing and encouraging the development of such integrations in order to promote the widespread use of the ALV token along with the systems that support the trade of products and services, ranging from small virtual stores to large e-commerce players.”

Allvor is going to keep many mouth shot once it is accepted by Ripple, it will make the platform completely appear decentralized and kill the rumor that Ripple is not in any way decentralized. Aside the fact that it is going to make Ripple appear decentralized, Ripple HODlers also have the opportunity to receive ALV coin without necessarily buying it.

On like other cryptocurrencies, Allvor does not plan any form of ICO or a crowdfunding to gain funds for managing the system as other coins have been doing. The platform says its initial distribution will be made directly to the XRP holders’ community using the Initial Distribution program as a yardstick.

The Japan Consortium Of Banks

When the news of the Japan Bank Consortium having a link with Ripple surfaced, the world see it as a big move for Ripple. The consortium, which is a coalition of 61 banks in Japan is organized by SBI Ripple Asia. In an announcement, the consortium revealed the launch of a new Ripple pilot with Woori Bank and Shinhan Bank who are seen as the two largest South Korea’s banks due to their market cap amounting to $30 billion.

The idea was touted as the first time money moves from Japan to Korea over RippleNet, using Ripple’s settlement technology, xCurrent, for cross border transactions.

It is supposed to be one of the highest propeller of Ripple in recent time. While it has the potential to change Ripple, there are many things that could be done to at least make this banks have complete trust in Ripple. If they are able to, full partnership with 61 banks is not a joke, it is a big deal.

Ripple-Saudi Arabia Partnership.

The Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority’s (SAMA) partnership with Ripple is going to save the oil rich country of $200 -$400 million annually. The partnership gives banks in the kingdom an opportunity use Ripple tools for cross-border payments. SAMA, by indications, is going to be the second central bank in the world to introduce Ripple’s blockchain-based cross-border payments platform, after the 2017’s Bank of England’s pilot project.

According to Dilip Rao, the global head of on infrastructure innovation at Ripple said, “Central banks around the world are leaning into blockchain technology in recognition of how it can transform cross-border payments, resulting in lower barriers to trade and commerce for both corporates and consumers.”

“SAMA is leading the charge as the first central bank to provide resources to domestic banks that want to enable instant payments using Ripple’s innovative blockchain solution.”

The next big deal in the blockchain world is the Ripple-Saudi Arabia Partnership. Saudi has a lot of countries toeing its path in the Middle East, if Ripple manages the partnership to taste, there is possibility it gains more support and collaborations in the region.

Conclusion: Ripple is on the verge to becoming a replacement for banks. Many say it is only connecting banks together, however, by the look of things, it has the potential to replace all banks.

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Who Will Triumph, Ripple (XRP) Or Banks?

As cryptocurrency continues to show more proficiency and capability in making transaction easier for people, the world is gradually embracing the technology as a trusted means even though some are still skeptical about its credibility.

Owing to the gradual diffusion of blockchain technology, a network that records it transactions using distributed databases, math and cryptography, banks are beginning to embrace the technology as their co, whom they could partner with in gaining relevance in the world of financial transaction.

Then, some banks and financial bodies mused over the best cryptocurrency to marry, and they came to the final resolution that Ripple would serve them right. Banks and financial institution like Santander, Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority, MoneyGram, American express, and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, among others have aired their collaborations with Ripple.

Despite the collaboration, partnership and perceived friendship between Ripple and banks, series of speculations that altcoin is becoming more of a threat to banks or banks are aiming to crush Ripple off the financial world has been rousing all over the space, with various analysts and observers giving out their opinions.

In a statement, the President and COO of Global Blockchain said “if big banks were to succeed in crushing one of these two currencies, Ripple would be it,”

In the same line, the CEO of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., an American international banking system, Jamie Dimon, labeled digital currencies as “fraud,” and a “tulip bulb,”. Making us know that in the heart of high profile banker lies statements like “banks are prepared to crush down cryptocurrency”

However, the liable cryptocurrency that banks will surely want to crush is Ripple. According to Shidan Gouran, “Ripple is much more of a direct competitor to banks. Because it operates more like a transaction network than a currency”.

Also, Darren Marble, the CEO of CrowdfundX said, I believe Ripple offers a viable blockchain solution and an enormous amount of utility to banks.”

In the same direction, Marcus Schenck, co-head of corporate and investment banking at Deutsche Bank, in his opinion, said bank accounts would disappear in few years to come.

For me, going by Marble’s statement, I think banks are more in need of ripple than the otherwise, therefore, what will give them the capability or thought of crushing a technology that complements them and make them more viable in the financial industry?

A penny for your thought.