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   1726

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.

Ripple to Write Open Letter to US Congress

Ripple's execs asked congress to support the development of the technology
29 July 2019   292

Brad Garlinghouse, head of California-based Fintech startup Ripple, and co-founder Chris Larsen, wrote an open letter to the US Congress on the eve of relevant hearings at the Senate Banking Committee. They asked lawmakers to decide on regulation, but at the same time not painting them with a broad brush.

So, Garlinghouse and Larsen are convinced that cryptocurrencies will complement fiat currencies, and not put their existence at risk, and the United States, in their opinion, should lead the development of the industry.

According to them, without proper regulation, there are risks for innovation, tax revenues and jobs in the blockchain industry.

We urge you to support regulation that does not disadvantage U.S. companies using these technologies to innovate responsibly, and classifies digital currencies in a way that recognizes their fundamental differences—not painting them with a broad brush.

Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of Ripple &
Chris Larsen, Executive Chairman and Co-founder of Ripple

Earlier, Garlinghouse agreed with US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin that cryptocurrency could not replace Fiat.

Probably, the head of Ripple fears that lawmakers will not understand the differences between cryptocurrency and Libra digital currency, and will introduce the same regulation for them.

Despite the fact that Ripple was able to significantly increase its customer base after the Facebook initiative was announced, Garlinghaus had already expressed fears that excessive attention to Libra could harm the industry as a whole.

On Tuesday, July 30, the US Senate will hold hearings on the regulation of cryptocurrency, during which the CEO of Circle company Jeremy Allair, a member of the Congressional research service Rebecca Nelson and a law professor at the University of California Mehra Baradaran will speak.