Ripple is receiving a barrage of criticism for its sales of XRP, as 2019 comes to a close.
Early Bitcoin core developer Peter Todd is comparing Ripple’s routine sales of the digital asset to tokens sold through initial coin offerings, saying XRP “gives you no real rights to anything.”.
Ripple executives, however, are pushing back on the idea that XRP sales are anything like an ICO.
David Schwartz, the company’s chief technology officer, says Ripple’s early sales of XRP were “negligible.”
From its inception, the company has been funded by angel investors, he explains, noting that XRP sales began after there was already an “established marketplace.”.
Ripple began selling XRP in 2016, and slowly picked up the pace in recent years, selling a cumulative total of $1.2 billion worth of the digital asset, according to crypto media outlet The Block.
The Block founder Mike Dudas challenges the idea that Ripple’s XRP sales are negligible.
Schwartz claims Dudas mischaracterized his argument.
When pressed to reveal what percentage of Ripple’s 2019 revenue comes from the sale of XRP and what percentage comes from selling software to banks, Schwartz said the fact that Ripple doesn’t disclose those numbers is not up to him.
Schwartz has previously defended Ripple’s routine sale of XRP, saying no digital asset ecosystem is perfect and noting that Bitcoin miners sell some of their BTC to pay for the cost of doing business.
“[So] do Bitcoin miners. Of course Bitcoin miners have to give most of it to semiconductor and power companies and can’t invest it into the Bitcoin ecosystem…
We designed a system that doesn’t take millions of dollars a day to agree and be secure and that provides better performance, scalability, and decentralization as well…
I’m not trying to say Bitcoin’s bad, I just think it’s not fair to compare XRP to some imaginary perfection rather than the actual assets most similar to it in market presence, size, and so on.
I think Bitcoin is great and I’m not particularly interested in people who want to criticize XRP on areas in which it is superior to Bitcoin.”