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It’s been a long time coming, but I think we are on the cusp of Polysign revealing what they've been up to for the past three years. We got confirmation December of last year that Polysign was in early Beta and would be going live in 2020. Also, it looks like there are design changes in order with respects to the webpage. Most of us know Polysign to be a digital asset custodial service/infrastructure platform as David’s answer to a question he fielded from a student at the University of Texas indicates. Going back a few years, we had our first indication, at the end of 2017, that Ripple would be taking the much-needed steps to begin building the necessary “market infrastructure” (i.e. custody and financial hedging instruments) needed to entice more institutional participation. According to Ripple this “market infrastructure” is needed to grow/stabilize the crypto markets overall but more importantly, to help with XRP. Miguel Vias, Head of XRP Markets commented in the last paragraph of Ripple’s Q4 XRP Markets Report for 2017: “While customers can use XRP for on-demand liquidity through xRapid, we want to build the necessary markets infrastructure for eventual direct usage of XRP by financial institutions. In Q1, we’ll begin work towards the launch of institutional hedging instruments and custody solutions. Both of these market components are important to institutional adoption and thus are important components of our 2018 roadmap.” On a Credit Suisse panel discussion (03:20 – 05:07), Miguel Vias alluded to the fact that you can’t build a vibrant crypto ecosystem with institutional players (i.e. hedge funds & investment banks) without first solving for custody or the safeguarding of these digital/crypto assets. Once you do this, you allow for the development of prime brokerage firms, lending, and hedging instruments (i.e. Derivatives, Options, Futures, ETFs, etc). Just recently, I happen to stumble upon a couple of interesting Tweets from @Arturo_P_A, Tweet One from February and Tweet Two from yesterday. In the first, @Arturo_P_A offers his opinions regarding the synergistic relationship he believes will develop between Ripple and Polysign. In particular, around on-boarding ODL-based exchanges, conflict-of-interest around XRP custody for these ODL exchanges and Ripple, and new use cases. What really piqued my interest is what @Arturo_P_A reveals in the second Tweet. It looks as if we have confirmation of one of Polysign’s first customers or maybe a subsidiary of Polysign, Standard Custody & Trust Company. It appears that Polysign has submitted a request for a custodial charter license in New York that was still pending as of February 6th 2020. Assuming that Standard Custody will, in some way, shape, form, or fashion, have some affiliation with Ripple it made me think about a couple of @KarmaCoverage Medium posts: What could xPool be? An attempted guess How xPool may work? An attempted guess It seems to me that Ripple now have the necessary foundational infrastructure in place to get escape velocity needed to truly execute their IoV vision: RippleNet - for the transference of value Interledger Protocol - for seamless connectivity and interoperability between di-separate traditional financial/blockchain-based systems/platforms Codius – for agnostic smart contract development for DeFi products Polysign – digital asset custody.
Crypto is still at its beginning stages, but a series of companies are moving forward with standards-based architecture, using blockchain technology to build the infrastructure for a new version of the Internet, where value can move as fast as light. In this latest blog, I cover progress by a series of companies and Venture Capital Firms connected to the XRP Ecosystem: Ripple, Coil, Polysign, and Andreessen Horowitz. Included is news about a new Japanese crypto exchange that may have tens of millions of customers when they go live, the speaker list from Disrupt 2018, and Google's plans to include the new Payment Handler API in Chrome. At the end, I tie it all together and explain the master plan across all these endeavors: The creation of the IOV! I hope you enjoy the read: Please leave any feedback below. Feel free to share my blog with a friend - or on any other forum or platform - and thank you for doing so! Twitter Reddit r/Ripple Reddit r/CryptoCurrency Reddit r/CryptoMarkets Reddit r/xrp Reddit r/RippleTalk Reddit r/alternativecoin Bitcointalk - alt coin sub forum Bitcointalk - XRP speculation thread