2004 – programmer Ryan Fugger, while working on a project on an exchange in Vancouver, became interested in decentralized payments.
2005 – Fugger developed the concept as well as the initial implementation called RipplePay. The goals of the project were laid down even then: the creation of a decentralized system that could compete with the main banking transaction system (for example, SWIFT) or even replace it. Despite his best efforts, Fugger was unable to achieve widespread adoption of his system due to the risks associated with the architecture.
2011 – as the popularity of Bitcoin grows, the idea of decentralized payments is gaining more fans and specialists. Fugger invited Jed McCaleb, one of the first BTC enthusiasts, to join the company. His main task was to solve those very problems with the system architecture. With the same goal, David Schwartz (now the CTO of Ripple), as well as Arthur Britto, joined the project.
2012 – Ryan Fugger left the RipplePay project. McCaleb created the OpenCoin company, whose CEO was American entrepreneur Chris Larsen.
2013 – it was decided to change the name of OpenCoin to Ripple Labs. Andreessen Horowitz, Google and other large funds invest in the company.
2014 – McCaleb leaves Ripple Labs to start his own project, Stellar.
2015 – Brad Garlinghouse succeeds Chris Larsen as CEO.
2018 – the XRP rate reached a historical maximum of about $3.3 per coin.
2020 – The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a lawsuit against Ripple Labs. The main theses of the prosecution were allegations that the company was selling unregistered securities, under the definition of which the XRP coin fell. The XRPUSD exchange rate fell sharply.
Over the next two years, the SEC tried to prove to the court its vision regarding the XRP cryptocurrency and the Ripple Labs company involved in it, however, no solid evidence was provided for these allegations.
2022 – amid a protracted litigation, on September 17, 2022, both parties filed motions with the court for an immediate ruling. Against the backdrop of this news, the XRPUSD rate rose as investors believed that the court decision could be made in favor of Ripple Labs.