Ripple president talks XRP Ledger, SEC suits, and 2024 plans | Chain Reaction Podcast

Ripple president talks XRP Ledger, SEC suits, and 2024 plans | Chain Reaction Podcast

Ripple's Legal Battle with the SEC

  • Ripple is engaged in an ongoing legal battle with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding the classification of XRP as a security.
  • Both parties have until March and April to file briefs and oppositions.

Ripple's Focus Areas

  • While the lawsuit is ongoing, Ripple has been concentrating on cross-border transactions, liquidity, and other key areas.
  • Ripple's main product is payments, particularly cross-border payments, which offer advantages such as instant settlement, transparency, and cost-effectiveness compared to traditional methods.

The XRP Ledger

  • The XRP Ledger, distinct from the Ledger crypto wallet, is an open-source, decentralized public ledger developed in 2012.
  • It was one of the first alt chains to launch, aiming to implement a novel consensus mechanism for faster confirmation times, lower costs, and scalability.

Blockchain-Based Cross-Border Payments

  • Blockchain-based cross-border payments address the challenges of reliability, transparency, and foreign exchange concentration in the current financial system.
  • Ripple sees itself as an infrastructure technology provider for decentralized finance.

Regulatory Frameworks and XRP Adoption

  • Clear regulatory frameworks are crucial for the adoption of blockchain innovations.
  • Despite XRP being deemed not a security for retail investors, its adoption rate has not significantly increased.

Ripple's Leadership and Journey

  • Monica Long, Ripple's SVP of Global Institutional Markets, emphasizes transparency and truthfulness as key skills in leadership.
  • Ripple's journey has been marked by opportunity and transformation, aiming to revolutionize the financial industry.

Future Explorations and Admiration for Other Blockchains

  • Ripple is considering exploring real-world asset tokenization in the future.
  • Ripple admires blockchains like Ethereum, Bitcoin, and Polygon for their advancements.

Crypto Regulations and Ripple's Vision

  • Singapore, Europe, the UK, and Dubai are seen as countries with clearer crypto regulations.
  • Monica Long believes crypto regulation or clarity in the US is possible by 2024.
  • Ripple's long-term vision is to become an enterprise infrastructure provider, offering a range of services such as on and off-ramps, crypto liquidity, custody, and compliance.

Ripple's Focus in 2024

  • In 2024, Ripple will focus on integrating payments and custody, particularly through the acquisition of MediLedger.

Advice for Crypto Winters

  • Monica advises against following the herd during crypto winters and instead recommends leaning into the future and taking risks to be a part of building the future of crypto.

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