CEO Says Ripple is Clearly Not a Security
In an interview with Jeff John Roberts from Fortune at CB Insights Future of Fintech conference in New York, Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse said that XRP is solving problems at scale for institutions and large-scale banks, and Coinbase should be interested to participate in it.
“As we solve problems at scale for institutions, I think it’s in Coinbase’s interest to participate in that,” said Garlinghouse, adding that XRP is clearly not a security.
Garlinghouse emphasized that XRP exists independent of Ripple and even if the company Ripple Labs failed, XRP would exist as a cryptocurrency. Moreover, Garlinghouse noted that XRP tokens have a technological purpose of settling transactions between institutions and individuals as a utility currency, unlike stocks and traditional securities.
“I think it’s really clear that XRP is not a security. XRP exists independent of Ripple and it would operate even if Ripple Labs failed,” said Garling house. “I don’t think that our ownership of XRP gives us control. Saudi Arabia owns a lot of oil-that doesn’t give them control of oil.”
The analogy of Garlinghouse about Saudi Arabia and its control over oil is in reference to the consensus algorithm of XRP. Unlike protocols like EOS that utilize a proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus algorithm and give holders of the tokens more control over the network than others, XRP uses its own protocol consensus algorithm.
In essence, Garlinghouse outlined four reasons to justify the non-security nature of XRP and reasons as to why exchanges like Coinbase should add XRP:
- Ripple Labs do not have control over XRP
XRP is a utility currency and its primary use case is payment processing, unlike stocks and traditional securities
- Ripple isn’t a PoS network and the fact that Ripple Labs have a lot of XRP does not give Ripple Labs control over the Ripple blockchain network
- Even if Ripple Labs failed, XRP would still exist