Ripple's Xpring Acquires Strata Labs to Develop Interledger Network

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    Ripple's Xpring invests in a new startup that is focused on building out the Interledger infrastructure

Ripple's investment arm Xpring has just announced the acquisition of Strata Labs, a little-known startup that works on the development of the Interledger (ILP) network

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A perfect fit for Ripple

Strata Labs is run by Austin King and Dino Rodriguez, two visionaries who started working on their first cryptocurrency startup while still at school. The two created a new company that would allow them to unlock the whole potential of the ILP network.    

Eventually, Austin and Dino decided to dedicate their time to building ILP infrastructure through Strata Labs — a startup focused on building infrastructure and real utility at the intersection of fintech and cryptocurrencies — which we invested in alongside General Catalyst and others.

Following the acquisition, the two-strong team will be moving to Xpring's San Francisco-based office.  

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Increasing accessibility

The Blockchain-agnostic protocol was created by former Ripple CTO Stefan Thomas to connect multiple Blockchains transactions for seamlessly transferring money. 

As reported by U.Today, Xpring also bought Equilibrium Connect at the beginning of August in order to streamline the adoption of Interledger. Now, it plans to open-source Strata’s proprietary code to allow developers to work on their own projects on the ILP network. 

This demonstrates yet another way that Xpring, the open platform for money, is providing developers with the tools, services and programs to make it easier to build on the XRP Ledger and leverage ILP to realize the internet of value.

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Stellar endorsements

Earlier today, the XRP Army spotted a Ripple-related video on Justin Bieber's Instagram. It is worth noting that Ithaca Holdings, which is helmed by Bieber's manager Scooter Braun, received a sizeable investment from Xpring. Braun praised Ripple back in June with the #xrpthestandard hashtag.     

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About the author

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.

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