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Brad Garlinghouse Comments on Ripple’s Debut on CNBC’s Disruptor 50 List

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 06:20
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Alex Dovbnya
Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse says they don’t want to disrupt banks and payment providers with PayID
Brad Garlinghouse Comments on Ripple’s Debut on CNBC’s Disruptor 50 List
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Despite being honored by CNBC including Ripple on its Disruptor 50 list, Brad Garlinghouse, the CEO of blockchain payment upstart, believes that the word ‘disruption’ itself is overused, according to his recent interview with ‘Fast Money’ host Mellissa Lee:     

We are thrilled and honored to be on the Disruptor list. ‘Disruptor,’ particularly in Silicon Valley, can be a word that is kind of overused.  

While it worked for Uber, Garlinghouse is convinced that it’s all about ‘building, partnering, and enabling,’ not ‘moving fast and breaking things.’ 

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Making banks more efficient 

During his conversation with Lee, Garlinghouse also explained the crux of PayID, the open-source solution announced by the company on June 18, reiterating that sending money should be as easy as email:

I don’t ask someone ‘Are you on Google or Yahoo?’ I just send them an email.

As reported by U.Today, Ripple, together with over 40 other names, formed the Open Payments Coalition to jointly work on PayID, which would make it simple to receive money from a regional bank or a cryptocurrency wallet.

He claims that, at its core, Ripple is about the internet-of-value (IoV), which means making different networks interoperable.  

Garlinghouse concedes that the recently announced PayID solution is not going to disrupt anything. Instead, it will make banks and payment providers more efficient.

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Other disruptors

Notwithstanding Garlinghouse’s weariness to acknowledge Ripple as a disruptor, the fact that it appeared on the list of the 50 most innovative companies in the world that CNBC has been publishing since 2012 shouldn’t be overlooked.

Apart from Ripple, San Francisco-based online lender SoFi, which launched cryptocurrency trading in Q2 2019, and stock and crypto trading app Robinhood also made the cut.

Online payment company Stripe took the first spot, signifying the importance of this niche.  

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at