Ripple CEO Says Bitcoin as Currency “Unneeded” to California Assembly

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This afternoon, the California Assembly Banking and Finance Committee held an oversight hearing regarding “Innovation and Transformation in Payment Technology.” The session took place at the State Capital and was attended by a range of representatives from credit card companies and the cryptocurrency world.

After several panels regarding EMV and other new technologies in the traditional banking system, the final panel covered bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. Jerry Brito of Coin Center, Fred Ehrsam of Coinbase, Chris Larson and Karen Gifford of Ripple Labs attended the hearing.

In regards to his company and cryptocurrency technologies, Mr. Larson shared with the committee that he felt,

[…] the important thing here isn’t the currency. We don’t believe the world needs another currency. The world has plenty of those. The real innovation here is the ability to move money around. […] It is important we address the needs of the banks to move money internationally and domestically.

Mr. Larson also stated that he does not feel a value proposition exists for regular consumer use at this time, but feels the needs of banks can be addressed immediately.

Mr. Ehrsam of Coinbase also gave testimony and statements where he called bitcoin the “internet of value.” He was quick to point out to the committee that cryptocurrency isn’t the “wild-west” it has been painted out to be with federal regulations, the BitLicense, and guidance coming from organizations such as FinCen.

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3 Comments

  1. Mr. Ehrsam said “Bitcoin will never replace banks or the dollar”
    Mr. Britto said “Prices will always be in dollars” why title the story with a word (in quotes) which was never actually spoken?

  2. FreeJack2k2 on

    Ripple Labs has been pandering to the banking establishment pretty hard, this past year…it’s pretty obvious that their desire is to become a replacement for banking infrastructure. That’s great, but I take GREAT issue with the notion that a digital currency is not needed…it absolutely is. Even if you just want to take control over money out of the clutches of the privileged few and instead, entrust it to the cold reliability of mathematics.

    • Don’t fool yourself, FreeJack2k2.

      Once you rely on mathematics for the creation of a currency, then he who Regulates it controls it.

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