Ripple plays a critical link in supporting the growth of cryptocurrencies because it can serve as a bridge for transferring value from any digital currency, e.g. Bitcoin, Litecoin, PeerCoin, to any fiat currency, e.g. Dollars, Yen, Pesos, to any corporate loyalty point, e.g. mobile phone points, Starbucks points, frequent flyer points. This bridging function will be absolutely critical for the entire cryptocurrency space over the next 3-5 years, as cryptocurrencies are still relatively niche, and there needs to be a way to move funds quickly from one system and into the other.
Significant opportunities exist for developers in this space. Ripple is an open protocol with a strong developer community and excellent developer resources, enabling a virtually limitless range of development possibilities.
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