Ripple’s CTO responds to Roger Ver’s statement on XRP

Ripple’s CTO and one of the original architects of the XRP Ledger, David Schwartz responded to Roger Ver’s statement on XRP. Roger Ver, the CEO of, popularly known as Bitcoin Jesus faced a backlash on the social media platform after he said that today it is debatable if XRP is even a cryptocurrency.


During an interview with Omar, a well-known YouTuber, Roger spoke about his investment in Ripple, the company. Roger said that technically, he is the second person to be involved in Ripple. According to him, Jed McCaleb, the Co-Founder of Ripple and Stellar Lumens, spoke to him regarding the idea behind Ripple.


The idea behind XRP was to create a better version of Bitcoin [BTC] which has no requirement of mining since Jed thought that mining was wasteful. This would use less electricity and could do everything Bitcoin can in a reliable and uncontrollable way. Since Bitcoin was unable to get traction and the whole market cap of Bitcoin was “ten million bucks” and was trading at $2 each, Roger Ver invested in Ripple.


Furthermore, Roger said that Ripple is better than the banking system where users have to pay “35 bucks” to send a wire transaction if it winds up getting the mainstream adoption. However, it is not that much better because Ripple can freeze users’ accounts.


David Schwartz commented on AMBCrypto’s article and said:


“It is genuinely baffling to me how @rogerkver went from a person who was driven entirely by devotion to principles of individual liberty to someone who will lie and distort the truth to advance a system he is invested in. 1/2″


He further added:


“I don’t doubt that he believes that system advances his principles and that those principles are still important to him. His tactics, however, are entirely unprincipled. He’s too smart to actually believe some of those claims. 2/2”

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