Ripple announced Thursday that it is giving its former CTO more than $260 million to change the way content is paid for on the Web. Ripple’s Xpring initiative to invest in companies building the XRP cryptocurrency ecosystem gave a 1 billion XRP grant to Coil, a micropayments company founded by former Ripple CTO Stefan Thomas.
Bank transaction intermediary SWIFT announced on June 24 that if its current proof-of-concept test is successful, it will incorporate R3’s Corda enterprise distributed ledger technology (DLT) into its new high-speed payment confirmation platform, Global Payments Innovation (gpi).
Ripple has announced a partnership that will bring blockchain technology to MoneyGram, a leading global money transfer firm that operates in more than 200 countries. As part of the deal, Ripple has committed $50 million to MoneyGram, which it can draw on in exchange for equity over the life of the two-year deal.
Ripple CTO David Schwartz likes to say that blockchain has a lot in common with the Model T Ford, and it’s an analogy that he repeated during a Quora session on April 1.