SendFriend to Raise $1.7 from Ripple & Mastercard

SendFriend got into the business accelerator "Barclays powered by TechStars" in September 2018
13 February 2019   619

New York-based payment startup SendFriend, focused on the use of XRP tokens for international remittances, closed a $ 1.7 million financing round from Barclays and fintech, Ripple, CoinDesk reports.

Mastercard Foundation, MIT Media Lab, Techstars Incubator, Mahindra Finance, 2020 Ventures and 8 Decimal Capital also took part in the round.

Note that SendFriend got into the business accelerator "Barclays powered by TechStars" in September 2018.

According to the representatives of the startup, the funds raised will be used to expand the staff, work with the community and marketing.

Initially, a startup will focus on labor migrants from the Philippines who regularly make remittances to their homeland from the United States. Converting US dollars to XRP tokens, and then to the Philippine peso, according to SendFriend, took few seconds.

It is noteworthy that SendFriend commissions will be 65% below the average in the traditional cross-border transfer industry.

Coinone to Join RippleNet

Coinone and Ripple cooperation started in May 2018, and now exchange believes it will help to create wide range of blockchain based financial services
18 June 2019   232

The Korean exchange Coinone, a member of the Big Four of Asian cryptocurrency exchange platforms, has joined the RippleNet network, AMBcrypto reports. Through participation in RippleNet, Coinone will be able to use Ripple's xCurrent solution to provide interbank services to its customers.

Coinone CEO Shin Won Hee, in a conversation with local media, said that his company would rely on cooperation with SBI Ripple Asia in creating a wide range of financial services based on blockchain technology.

According to the media, Coinone was the first exchange in South Korea, which joined RippleNet. As part of the cooperation with SBI Ripple Asia, Coinone intends to “organize overseas remittance events for 3,000 new subscribers to the block chain overseas remittance service.”

Coinone and Ripple started working together in May 2018, when the company integrated xCurrent solution into its own payment service called Cross. According to updated data, customers of the exchange can send transfers to eight Asian countries through the system, taking advantage of reduced commissions.

Earlier this month, Siam Commercial Bank, the largest commercial bank in Thailand, said it would use XRP cryptocurrency in its operations, but later, for unknown reasons, refused this statement.