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Is this the Bitcoin of the Future?

 

Ripple, like Bitcoin, makes it easier to move money around the globe. Ripple, on the other hand, is an internet protocol that allows for financial transactions in any currency. For example, a user may send dollars and get euros through Ripple.

Ripple Labs, headquartered in San Francisco, wants to make Ripple the standard protocol used by banks across the world to move money around the world as cheaply and rapidly as sending an e-mail.

We spoke with Gary Kremen, the founder of Match.com and the recently launched CrossCoin Ventures, an accelerator that mentors Ripple-based startups and helps them tackle finance-specific challenges like compliance and customer-service requirements, to learn more about Ripple and how it might affect small-business transactions.

What are Ripple’s benefits?

Ripple, like Bitcoin, is a distributed public database and global ledger. Without going through a central clearinghouse, computers on the Ripple network may automatically agree on updates to the ledger in seconds via a technique known as consensus. Its major engineering achievement was the settlement speed. As a result, Ripple transactions usually settle in three to five seconds, as opposed to up to 40 minutes for Bitcoin payments.

What is Ripple’s role in assisting small businesses?

Small companies will be able to accept money from consumers from all around the world in seconds. Credit card purchases may now take up to three days to reach a small business’s bank account. Getting that money faster helps in the management of a company’s daily cash flow.

Because Ripple makes money transfers virtually free, credit card firms will most likely reduce transaction fees to compete, lowering small businesses’ expenses. Small businesses are disproportionately impacted by credit card fees today. Small companies can’t negotiate better prices because they’re too big.

The advantages of Ripple are enormous if you’re a small company that conducts a lot of business abroad. Transferring money abroad may take up to five days, and the average transfer cost is 7%. Ripple transfers money in three to five seconds and charges little to no fees.

Do you think Ripple will catch on? If yes, when will it happen?

Cryptocurrencies take longer to develop because they are rewriting the financial services infrastructure. However, I believe the odds are favorable. Ripple Labs is focused on ensuring compliance and gaining the support of regulators and institutions. In the next 24 months, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Ripple powering daily transactions.

How do the Ripple founders make money?

Ripple is an open-source protocol that is meant to be used by the general public; Ripple Labs does not own or control the protocol. It did, however, develop its own crypto-currency, dubbed XRP, to ease transactions. Wall Street may exchange XRP for other currencies and offer cross-currency liquidity. This assists the market in determining Ripple transaction exchange rates.

At the time of Ripple’s creation, one hundred billion XRPs were produced, and no more can be created, similar to how Bitcoin was formed. However, there is one major distinction: Ripple’s XRP cannot be mined like Bitcoin. One of Ripple’s creators was a member of the Bitcoin community who objected to the energy-intensive [computer] mining procedure required to generate each Bitcoin, so he built Ripple without it. To address your question, Ripple Labs owns approximately 25% of the money and uses it to finance their operations.

The figure is 67%.

According to the Internet Society’s “Global Internet Report 2014,” the United States is ranked 30th among nations having the fastest average internet speed.

The United States, which is the quickest nation in the Western Hemisphere, is 67 percent slower than Hong Kong, which is rated first. The good news is that In terms of mobile broadband connectivity, the United States is ranked tenth in the world.