Asheesh Birla praises Bitcoin, but no longer sees the market-leading crypto currency as the sole ruler.
In an interview with the Lend Academy podcast on November 5th , RippleNet General Manager Asheesh Birla describes Bitcoin ( BTC ) as a “very innovative alternative to gold”, but 2020 has proven that there is still enough space for many other cryptocurrencies .
Birla explains in this context that Bitcoin would not have tried to take over the payments sector and that different cryptocurrencies have different areas of application, which gives them the opportunity to cut off bits and pieces from the crypto market.
The sole predominance of Bitcoin would no longer be a sure thing:
“I think the days when everyone thought that only Bitcoin would catch on are numbered. I think it’s pretty clear that there will be a lot of digital currencies and that many traditional financial products will be tokenized as digital currencies. “
The general manager had already made these confident statements at a time when the crypto currency XRP , which belongs to his company, was at a market value of 0.25 US dollars. His optimism now seems to have been confirmed, as the price has tripled since then and climbed to a high of 0.92 US dollars in the past week . Most recently, however, it went down again by 30%.
Although XRP wasn’t particularly strong at the time of the interview, Birla stated in the podcast that the crypto market had now „overheated“ after the crash of 2018
„I think that traditional venture capitalists are not as interested as they were in 2017,“ as the expert notes. He then adds: „Nonetheless, I find the industry’s innovative strength currently stronger than ever.“
Ripple co-founder Chris Larsen and managing director Brad Garlinghouse recently expressed their displeasure with the lack of clarity in the regulation of cryptocurrencies in the USA. Yoshitaka Kitao, CEO of the large Ripple investor SBI Holdings and also a member of Ripple’s supervisory board, then leaked that the blockchain payment service provider was probably considering moving to Japan.
Larsen describes the approach of the American supervisory authorities as regulation through punishment, which is due to the fact that in his opinion they are lagging far behind in the transition to a new global financial system.
At press time, XRP is trading at $ 0.61, down 3% over the past 24 hours.