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Re: Roll call / intro

From: Ryan Fugger <arv@ryanfugger.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2015 11:32:25 -0700
Message-ID: <CAD83BY0sGAx8fEb0+ZhvWXQfv_EkoVAabQFd5L_coTqG4+P4TQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: "public-interledger@w3.org" <public-interledger@w3.org>
Hi everyone.  I'm Ryan Fugger.  I started the original Ripple project back
in 2004.  ILP closely resembles what I was aiming at back then, and I am
very excited to see this moving forward.  The vision behind my project was
that if there was a protocol for allowing credit, wherever it is found, to
become liquid and transferable through a global network, then people will
be empowered to create and use forms of money that more closely align with
their values as human beings.  It's about decentralizing and giving the
edges of the network the same capabilities as the centre, in contrast to
how banking works today.

I love Bitcoin as an elegant decentralized currency, and I want to see
Bitcoin integrated with as many systems as possible and used by everyone on
the planet.  But Bitcoin doesn't yet handle credit well, and it will not
replace the many existing credit systems out there, nor the many
*potential* credit systems that remain latent because of lack of an
interconnection protocol.  Credit money is more flexible than commodity
money in terms of its abundance and potential for helping people organize
for their own well-being.  To paraphrase Michael Linton, money is about
keeping score, and it makes no sense that value creation should be limited
because there aren't enough points to go around.

I think the challenge here will be less about resolving technical issues
and more about getting a critical mass of value connected to the network.

On Fri, Oct 23, 2015 at 9:22 AM, Preston Byrne <preston@erisindustries.com>

> Great idea, Tiffany - I'm sure there are a lot of names on this list who
> are already acquainted with one another!
> I'm Preston Byrne. I'm the COO and GC of Eris Industries
> <https://erisindustries.com>. I also like marmots <http://marmots..org>.
> On Wed, Oct 21, 2015 at 6:54 PM, Tiffany St.John <tiffany4772@hotmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Hey everybody. It looks like there are 70 of us in this group so far.  I
>> thought a quick intro would be nice to help us get acquainted.
>> I'm Tiffany Hayden and I'm very involved in the Bitcoin community. I was
>> excited to hear that the specs for a Bitcoin-ILP implementation have
>> been written. I'd love to see more volume flow through Bitcoin. I'm also a
>> huge Ripple fan and have been moderating the unofficial forum for awhile. I
>> may be the only person on the planet who loves both Ripple and Bitcoin. I
>> was concerned that there weren't very many Bitcoin supporters in this
>> group, so I reached out to a few of the brilliant Bitcoin minds in my local
>> group and they have joined as well.
>> I'm currently working on a project to help bring financial access to
>> refugees. If you're interested, you can read about it here:
>> https://medium.com/@haydentiff/refugees-the-next-wave-of-disruptors-34f3287cf7fe#.fa15ntqjo
>> I follow everything going on in the fintech space -payment systems,
>> remittances, distributed ledger technology, cryptocurrencies. I love it
>> all.
>> I'm liberty-minded, a believer in the non-aggression principle, and a
>> member of the Michigan Peace and Liberty Coalition.
>> I'm also a homeschooling mother and just possibly the last person still
>> using a hotmail account.
>> Looking forward to "meeting" all of you!
>> Tiffany
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