What problem does XRP solve?
Founded: 1. April 2013
Ripple (XRP) is among those few cryptocurrencies that took the market by storm and made their mark in a very short period of time. It doubles as an open payment network and a digital currency. The network aims to free the world from the binding chains of the current payment and financial network. In essence, it provides an alternative to banks, PayPal and credit cards by offering a cross border payment method while charging minimal fees for financial transactions.
As of now, the Ripple network is working on the release of three different products, namely xCurrent, xRapid and xVia. The company is now focussing more on xCurrent and this is the product that has more or less become the identity of the Ripple network. It aims to bring financial institutions like banks on board and allows cross border financial transactions in a faster, secure and cheaper way (Sinha, 2019).
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What is XRP
What does the cryptocurrency XRP actually do?
Keyword: payment providers
Keyword: global payments
Among the three products offered by the Ripple network, up till now, xCurrent is the most developed. It is a solution for cross-border payments, which as of now, are very time consuming and include high costs. Ripple offers instant transfers between borders and charges minimal fees. However, banks although very interested in the technology, are reluctant to use the RippleXRP token due to its high fluctuation, which has become a major issue for the Ripple Company.
Who is behind XRP
What team is working to make XRP successful?
The minds behind the Ripple technology are Chris Larsen and McCaleb. McCaleb is a competent, skilful programmer and has several ventures to his name. He founded the famous file sharing program eDonkey2000, which was put down by the regulatory authorities and he was forced to pay $30 million in compensation (Mennecke, 2006). Afterward, he created the website MtGox (which was hacked on June 2011 – USD 9 million were stolen). He later sold the website, while still holding a considerable amount of shares of it (McCormack, 2019).
McCaleb co-founded Ripple in 2012 with Larsen, but his term there was short-lived. He left the Ripple network in 2014 to start out his own cryptocurrency venture Stellar Lumens which is considered as a Ripple fork. Currently, Larsen is single-handedly leading the Ripple Team.
Ripple has managed to get into a mutual agreement of partnerships with several businesses. On February 3, 2018, Ripple signed a mutual agreement with the multinational Spanish Bank, Santander Group. The bank will use and promote Ripple product xCurrent, but will not be using the Ripple XRP token for the transactional processes (Sokolov, 2019).
Another development in the making is the partnership with the Fleetcor Indusind Bank. They will be making use of the xCurrent technology but it is still unclear as to whether they will be making use of the Ripple XRP token or not (Jagati, 2018).