As a brilliant programmer–something like 75 percent of the 40 people interviewed for this story used the word “genius”—he knew plenty about decentralized peer-to-peer networks and operating beyond traditional boundaries of property and government control. Mc Caleb was the first to realize that for a decentralized currency to thrive, it needed a place to trade. The mining process is a bizarre abstraction to most people, but Bitcoin needed it to create and limit the BTCs.
Despite IQs that look like professional bowling scores, no one in the trio could actually operate a company. Chris Larsen completed the all-star team as CEO of what became Ripple Labs. Larsen had already taken a pair of complicated start-ups and built them into thriving businesses: E-Loan, one of the first online mortgage companies, which IPO’d and is now part of publicly held financial services company Popular, Inc.; and Prosper, one of the first peer-to-peer lending marketplaces. Larsen had a reputation as a “disruptor” who could also shepherd a new idea to mainstream success. Larsen presenting a suit-wearing, responsible front to the bankers and Mr. Kim has one of the all-time great Linked In profiles: Harvard, Cornell, Columbia Law, the Innocence Project, Shearman & Sterling, two other law jobs, founder or CEO at two start-ups and now a venture capitalist. That Simple Honey needed to raise money was obvious.
On the other side are hundreds of young companies backed by brilliant cryptographers, complex programming and security protocols and varying degrees of anti-establishment fervor.
The United States government, European Union and other currency-creating governments will use every means to keep control of money.
It was clear to the fintech world that Ripple could match and potentially overtake Bitcoin in shaping the future of cryptocurrency. Burzlaff worked raising their kids and creating a start-up of her own, Bravo Your City. Members would fill out detailed profiles of travel preferences, and Simple Honey would recommend hotels based on their personality.
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