Ripple to Invest $25M in Blockchain Capital Fund

Funds, received from Ripple, will be sent to a separate target mechanism for teams of entrepreneurs who use blockchain technology in their products
12 April 2018   746

The supplier of financial and payment solutions Ripple invested $ 25 million in the new crypto-currency fund of the Californian company Blockchain Capital. This is stated in the official blog of the company.

The investments were directed to Blockchain Capital Parallel IV - the fund, created in 2017 for financing promising bitcoins and blockchain startups.

In March, Blockchain Capital Parallel IV announced the receiving $ 150 million for the cryptocurrency industry innvestments from a number of institutional investors and family trust management companies. Funds, received from Ripple, will be sent to a separate target mechanism for teams of entrepreneurs who use blockchain technology in their products. Also, these investments will help to identify new cases for the Interledger protocol and XRP tokens, Ripple representatives say.

As pioneers in the blockchain sector, we have been on the frontlines and in the trenches with our portfolio companies, like Ripple, building a new crypto ecosystem. There are entire verticals — such as healthcare or identity management — that could benefit from blockchain or distributed ledger technology. 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 Stephens

Co-founder and managing partner, Blockchain Capital

As noted by Ripple senior vice president for strategic growth Patrick Griffin, this is the company's first investment in such a fund, but they will not be the last.

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.
 

Patrick Griffin

SVP of Strategic Growth, Ripple

In April 2017, the Blockchain Capital venture fund completed the ICO ahead of schedule, collecting the planned $ 10 million approximately two hours after the start of the crowdsdale. The first project that entered the company's investment portfolio was the developer of the client of the Ethereum network Parity Technologies.

Crypto Won't Replace Fiat, XRP CEO Says

But head of Ripple believes that cross-border payments are the sphere in which cryptocurrencies can be an ideal solution
05 September 2018   432

Ripple's CEO Brad Garlinghouse is convinced that the fiat currency will not lose relevance in the near future and called "senseless" the possible replacement of traditional currencies with digital assets. The future of crypto currency lies in cross-border transactions, Garlinghouse said in the Stanford Legal podcast. This is reported by CoinSpeaker.

I don’t think we’re going to be buying coffee at Starbucks with Bitcoin or XRP anytime soon. I think we’ve got to ask ourselves: What problem is that solving? You were talking about paying for the day spa bill and how you do that, but I think in some ways the friction – fiat currency, the US dollar in this case works pretty well, and so we need to make sure it’s better than that before we talk about it as a currency…
 

Brad Garlinghouse

CEO, Ripple

According to Garlinghouse, cryptocurrencies can be used in the st way in international payments and as a means of preserving value. This is especially true of crisis and weak economies, with a high level of inflation. He noted that the average annual inflation of the currencies of countries outside the G20 is about 6%.

There are economies where the fiat currency is at best a weak currency. And in those contexts, if I were a consumer experiencing hyperinflation – would you rather hold a cryptocurrency or your fiat currency? And in a lot of those cases, you’re seeing people take their dollars, or not dollars, pesos of various sorts, and saying, ‘I’d rather hold this because it’s a better asset to hold in terms of its potential appreciation and lack of inflation.
 

Brad Garlinghouse

CEO, Ripple

The head of Ripple stressed that cross-border payments are the sphere in which cryptocurrencies can be an ideal solution. He also noted the Ripple, which allows to conduct international transactions "almost in real time". This will help many companies save time and resources.

We had one of the largest banks in Australia, the CEO told me that 40% of all of their consumer wire transfers result in a customer service phone call. The frustrating thing for the bank is not only do they have to absorb the cost of taking a customer service phone call, they also deliver the news that they don’t know wait a couple more days it’ll probably be there.
 

Brad Garlinghouse

CEO, Ripple

Earlier, the Northern District Court of California rejected a class action lawsuit filed by investor Ryan Coffey against Ripple Labs Inc. on behalf of everyone who bought XRP tokens after January 1, 2013. The company was accused of illegally manipulating the price of XRP.