Ripple’s former Director of Developer Relations, Matt Hamilton, recently weighed in on the ongoing debate about the value of XRP and its lack of popularity compared to Bitcoin. The conversation began when analyst Molly Elmore asked on Twitter if the value of XRP is different from other tokens on the XRPL:
That depends on the definition of “value”. This question is important to the idea of “ALL THE MONEY” moving to the blockchain.
Hamilton responded by stating that a tokenized asset does not have the same intrinsic value as the native asset on a blockchain. He explained that while Ripple’s token and Bitcoin are both just codes, the token has no counterparty, and its value is not derived from any underlying external asset, unlike tokenized gold or oil.
Elmore countered that the intrinsic value might be the same, but the perceived or derived value may be very different. Hamilton agreed, stating that the level at which the intrinsic value is the same level at which one might say Ripple’s token and BTC are the same.
XRP Development & Adoption Challenges
Another Twitter user, Nosmo King, chimed in by asking if Hamilton had argued for years that XRP and BTC were effectively the same. Hamilton clarified that they are not the same.
King then posited that Ripple’s token was created by Bitcoin developers in an attempt to make a better Bitcoin without mining but that XRP had never secured a product market fit.
Hamilton acknowledged that theRipple’s token has not been as successful as Bitcoin, citing Bitcoin’s first mover advantage, the XRP Ledger being ahead of its time, and a lack of understanding about DEXs and tokenization in 2012.
He also mentioned that an early paid FUD campaign from Bitcoiners against XRP and the FinCEN case against Ripple also slowed down XRP’s growth.
Despite these challenges, Hamilton remains optimistic about the future of Ripple’s token and its potential to revolutionize the way value is transferred.
He believes that as the world becomes increasingly digital, the demand for a fast, efficient, and decentralized means of transfer will only continue to grow, making Ripple’s token a valuable asset for the future.
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