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   1635

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.

BTC is Better For Global Remittances Than XRP - Bitspark

CEO George Harrap is sure that the first cryptocurrency is much more practical because it is accepted by much more companies to pay
28 May 2019   403

The head of Bitspark, George Harrap, expressed the opinion that Bitcoin is better suited for cross-border payments than the Ripple's XRP token, which was specifically designed for this purpose, Crypto Briefing reports.

In particular, Harrap is sure that the first cryptocurrency is much more practical because it is accepted by much more companies to pay. At the same time, various services use XRP rarely because of its insufficient liquidity when exchanging for fiat currencies. This situation makes the Ripple token expensive to pay.

Bitspark researchers have published a report that assesses the suitability of various cryptocurrencies for making international payments. Thus, experts assigned Bitcoin and Ethereum “medium degree of suitability”. At the same time Stellar, thanks to the built-in decentralized exchange and the convenience of issuing stablecoins, received a higher mark.

The xRapid and xCurrent solutions, where the XRP token is used, are assigned a low degree of suitability due to their low liquidity when interacting with fiat money. In particular, according to Harrap, xRapid is convenient for operations with one currency, however, interaction with several monetary units is fraught with considerable difficulties. For example, an attempt to convert US dollars to Kenyan shillings will require payment routing through various channels and, possibly, conversion into various currencies, which translates into significant commissions.

The number of Ripple gateways that exist hasn’t changed in four years and basically consists of bitcoin exchanges for people to speculate on the price of XRP for BTC. None of these companies are remittance companies, nor are they using XRP for its intended purpose.
 

George Harrap

Head, Bitspark

Also in the company's report says that despite the low rate of transactions, the level of mass adoption of bitcoin is high, and it is more often used in payments than XRP.

There are no liquid Nigerian naira (NGN) and Ethereum (ETH) market, EOS and Vietnamese dong or XRP and Philippine peso markets. The only market which has sufficient liquidity and people willing to provide a local currency in exchange for a cryptocurrency is usually bitcoin.
 

George Harrap

Head, Bitspark

CoinMetrics researchers recently revealed a discrepancy of $ 84 million in Ripple reporting and XRP blockchain data.