Ripple, the leader in enterprise blockchain solutions for cross-border payments, today launched operations in Iceland to further expand its presence in Europe. In addition, the company welcomes a new team of engineers with its acqui-hire of Icelandic crypto trading firm Algrim.
Ripple is on an acquisition streak—last week, the company announced its acquisition of Logos, adding eight engineers to the Xpring team who will lead the charge in exploring solutions for a decentralized finance (DeFi) system built on XRP. Both team acquisitions point to Ripple’s strong market momentum and focus on attracting and developing the best in engineering talent.
Ripple is the only company in the blockchain payments space that has a real use case and real customers: enabling financial institutions to leverage digital assets for highly efficient cross-border payments. This year alone, the company has signed on several of the world’s largest financial institutions—such as MoneyGram—to its global payments network, RippleNet. To keep up with strong customer demand and market opportunity, Ripple is rapidly expanding its team on a global scale with today marking its second engineering talent acquisition in one week.
The new Icelandic team will play an integral role in the ongoing development of Ripple’s On-Demand Liquidity (ODL) product which utilizes XRP for production cross-border payments. Iceland will serve as one of Ripple’s engineering hubs with plans to bring on more technical talent in the region.
“With built-in expertise in trading and exchanges, the addition of Algrim’s engineering talent to our team will be instrumental in continuing the momentum we’re already experiencing with On-Demand Liquidity,” said Christopher Kanaan, SVP of Engineering. “We’ve been committed to sourcing expert crypto and trading talent in key global markets since day one, and the acquisition of the Algrim engineering team is a successful example of doing just that.”
Led by seasoned industry executive Dadi Armannsson, the former Algrim team will provide Ripple with more than a decade’s worth of experience building trading platforms. For the past two years, Algrim has developed its crypto trading platform integrating over 30 markets. Before that, the team spent over a decade building traditional trading platforms and foreign exchange trading algorithms.
“The decision to join the Ripple team was a natural fit both companies share a vision to enable widespread adoption of digital assets and blockchain technology, which aligns directly with what we’ve been working towards for the past several years,” said Algrim CEO Dadi Armannsson. “We are big believers in XRP and the XRP Ledger, and eager to help build the future of payments at Ripple.”
This acquisition and opening of the Iceland office will accelerate Ripple’s global reach, bringing on strategic partners and financial institutions to RippleNet. Ripple has over 200 customers signed on to RippleNet with over a dozen customers leveraging XRP in cross-border transactions.