Stellar will continue to be in the headlines for all the right reasons after its new acquisition Chain, which is backed by Visa. It all started with news that Stellar will be used by IBM in a cross-border payments solution that will rival that of Ripple. The clearing and settlement of payments with finality will be possible through almost instant speed. The solution does not directly state that it will use XLM as the instant source of liquidity, but the guess is that this is how it is going to happen.
Stellar Foundation Acquires Chain which is Backed by VISA
The above news was only one week ago and now the Stellar foundation – through its Stellar Development Fund – has purchased Chain. The latter is a blockchain startup that is backed by some of the biggest names in finance and enterprise adoption. Chain’s existing investors include VISA, Nasdaq and Citi Ventures.
The new firm created from the acquisition is known as Interstellar. Its CEO, Adam Ludwin, had this to say about the new venture:
“All of the clients that we have now have effectively shifted from using a traditional database model to using a tokens model, issuing assets on a local environment. By partnering with Stellar you can fire an asset to another institution.”
The Stellar Development Fund is the profit-oriented arm of the Stellar foundation and is also known as Lightyear. This means the Chain and Lightyear names/brands will be dissolved as a result of the deal. Interstellar, being the new venture, will employ 60 people with two headquarters in San Francisco and New York City.
Ludwin hinted that the acquisition was in the tune of $40 Million. He added the following:
“Chain did not need to sell the company. This needed to be a great strategic move and a great return and it was both.”
Jed McCaleb, the founder of both Ripple and Stellar, will take over as the CTO (Chief Technical Officer) of the new Interstellar firm. Chain’s existing customers using its core software (Visa, Nasdaq, Citigroup, Cloudwalk and LPS) will now be served by Interstellar.
Stellar will rise
The last few weeks have really been great for the XLM cryptocurrency due to the aforementioned news. If all the developments were made during a Bull run, the price of XLM would not find it hard to get to the much needed $1 value. Looking at the markets right now, XLM is currently valued at $0.19 and down less than a percentage point in the least 24 hours.
Going further and comparing the digital asset with XRP, it seems that the latter has stagnated in the markets due to the general FUD that it is a security. The Ripple company has even gone ahead and issued numerous statements that Ripple and XRP are completely separate entities. They also add that the XRP ledger is open source and Ripple simply brought it to real-life problem-solving situations via its products of xRapid, xVia, xCurrent and RippleNet.
However, investors who still do not believe that XRP is truly decentralized, now have an option in XLM. The latter now has a use case through its cross-border payments solution with IBM. Also, with the new firm of Interstellar, the Moon is no longer the limit for XLM. The new limit is the outer reaches of our galaxy as the name Interstellar suggests.
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