"Nothing Better Than Ripple’s XRP”, Bitcoin Can’t Compete, Says TechCrunch Founder

  • Michael Arrington, founder of TechCrunch, said in an interview that Ripple (XRP) can process transactions more quickly and cheaply that Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH). 
  • Arrington has also launched XRP Capital, a $100 million crypto hedge fund.

Michael Arrington, the founder of TechCrunch, recently remarked that Ripple company’s XRP cryptocurrency may be technologically superior to Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH).

Arrington’s enthusiastic comments about XRP came during an interview with Block In Press, a South Korean blockchain firm. The TechCrunch founder noted that Ripple’s XRP was potentially “better” than BTC and ETH in terms of its ability to process transactions.

$100m Crypto Hedge Fund

Notably, Arrington has also launched XRP Capital, which is a $100 million hedge fund for strategic investments in various crypto and blockchain-related projects. According to the Stanford law school graduate, he opted to use XRP because he thinks that it can settle transactions more quickly and cost-effectively than the Bitcoin or Ethereum network.

When asked about other reasons why he chose XRP for his hedge fund, Arrington mentioned that:

We thought, in fact, we know XRP is the best for that first hedge fund firm to dominate in cryptocurrency.

“Bitcoin And Ether Can’t Compete With XRP”

He added that XRP’s “detractors” may argue its centralized and goes against the peer-to-peer electronic cash model of Bitcoin (BTC), but added that:

A lot of people in the U.S. just like it. And if you need to move some money like very quickly and very cheaply, there’s nothing better than XRP. Bitcoin and Ether can’t compete with that and it’s fantastic for that.

In his interview with Block In Press, Arrington also commented on South Korea’s business environment. He explained that the Korean market may be “a bit opaque” to Westerners, which can often make it challenging to work with local companies.

The TechCrunch founder argued, however, that  there is great potential for crypto in the $1.4 trillion dollar economy because 40% of Korean white collar professionals are invested in cryptocurrencies,

Arrington also believes there is likely no other country where digital currencies have been so widely adopted, which to him suggests that most Koreans are receptive to new ideas and may be more willing to experiment with crypto-related ventures.

Billionaire Novogratz: Altcoins Won't Pump Like In 2017 Bull Run, Bitcoin Will Dominate

It appears that cryptocurrency prices have finally begun to recover after enduring an extended bear market which lasted throughout 2018.

As the market capitalization of Bitcoin (BTC) and other major cryptoassets continues to rise, several analysts have been drawing comparisons between what they’re seeing in the current market and what they observed during the historic bull market of late 2017 and early 2018.

Commenting on the recent crypto market price movements via Twitter, Ran NeuNer, the host of the CNBC Africa Trader show, remarked:

The market is running but we still haven’t seen the crazy alt pumps, pumps where coins do 40% in a day...is it coming?

Bitcoin To “Outperform” All Other Cryptos “This Time”

As the bitcoin price begins to recover, there have been many predictions made regarding the anticipated performance of altcoins. Twitter user “Crypto Bitlord” (@Crypto_Bitlord), a widely-followed digital asset market analyst, believes XRP, which currently has a market cap of around $16.3 billion, may trade as high as $10.

However, prominent crypto investor Michael Novogratz believes that digital asset traders are a lot smarter this time, when compared to some of the bad investment decisions they might have made during the initial coin offering (ICO) craze of 2017.

Novogratz, who’s the founder and CEO of Galaxy Digital, a full-service crypto merchant bank, has predicted that in this market run, Bitcoin will “outperform” all other cryptoassets.

On May 16th, 2019, the Bitcoin price surged to a 2019 high of $8,373 according to CryptoCompare data. In response to bitcoin’s recent price movements, Juan Villaverde, the Chief Analyst at Weiss Crypto Ratings, told CryptoGlobe: 

Bitcoin could fall to as low as $4,400. But [if] it does, it will be the best Bitcoin buying opportunity since 2015.

“More Good News For New Bitcoin Users”

Villaverde, an econometrician and mathematician focused on developing various crypto index models at Weiss Ratings, believes bitcoin would be a great buy at a lower price (as suggested above) because of the following reasons:

  • “The usage of Bitcoin is near all-time highs – 450,000 transactions per day. That’s up from a low of 150,000 in April of 2018 and approaching the all-time high of 490,000 in December of 2017.”
  • “Despite the high transaction volume, fees on the Bitcoin network are at their lowest levels since August of 2017 – more good news for users.”
  • “The Bitcoin block size is now greater than ever before, thanks to the Segwit technology upgrade.”

Villaverde further noted that the predictions are “based on studying the time patterns in Bitcoin's rises and falls throughout its 9 year trading history.” He explained that the time patterns have been analyzed by using an “algorithm-based market cycles model.”

The Chief Analyst at Weiss Ratings also mentioned that the bear market “ended on December 15th 2018 and the model confirmed this shift in trend on March 26th of this year.”

He added:

Then, after the rally that took place starting on April 25th, the same model told me a new bull market was now underway. The same model indicated a 30% to 45% correction due as of late April-early May and we seem to be experiencing that right now.