SendFriend to Raise $1.7 from Ripple & Mastercard

SendFriend got into the business accelerator "Barclays powered by TechStars" in September 2018
13 February 2019   161

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.

Ripple to Lay Off Chief Market Strategist

Cory Johnson left the organization due "to changes in market conditions"
12 February 2019   174

The CMS of Californian fintech startup Ripple Cory Johnson left the organization, The Block reported.

Cory’s last year at Ripple was a success in representing the company to investors, press and regulators. Cory helped Ripple with strategy internally and overall industry education. But due to changes in market conditions, we’ve chosen to eliminate the role of Chief Market Strategist.
 

Ripple's Spokesperson

Note that Johnson also removed the mention of his position from his Twitter account.

In the past, an employee of Bloomberg TV, Johnson developed strategies to promote Ripple products among major players on Wall Street, as well as an educational area.