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Exclusive: David Schwartz Unveils Ripple’s Bold New Strategies at Consensus 2024

Hassan Shittu
Last updated: | 4 min read

In an exclusive interview with Cryptonews’ Rachel Wolfson at Consensus 2024 in Austin, Texas, Ripple’s CTO David Schwartz provided a deep dive into the company’s latest innovations and plans.

From institutional DeFi developments to introducing multi-purpose tokens, Schwartz outlined a comprehensive vision for Ripple and the XRP Ledger (XRPL). Check out the full interview below, or read on for a quick recap.

Schwartz also provided insights into the evolving regulatory landscape and teased major announcements for the upcoming Apex event in June. Making it clear that all strategic moves aim to bridge the gap between traditional finance and DeFi, promising substantial growth and mass adoption of blockchain technology.

Ripple’s Institutional DeFi Plans and Real-World Asset Tokenization


Schwartz detailed Ripple’s ambitious plans to promote institutional DeFi and ensure regulatory-compliant operations on decentralized blockchains. He clarified that this aims to integrate institutions with rigorous compliance needs into the DeFi ecosystem without sacrificing the core principles of decentralization.

“It’s kind of like our vision for how you can have institutions that have regulatory compliance issues that can operate on decentralized blockchains that are censorship-resistant and have no governance functions. They can still meet their regulatory compliance objectives and not be islands that can’t interoperate with real DeFi ecosystems.”

In addition, Ripple is making strides in tokenizing real-world assets, which will enable them to be used as collateral in DeFi applications. This initiative aims to combine the advantages of regulatory-compliant products with the flexibility of decentralized finance.

“Another example would be real-world asset tokenization, where these are regulatory-compliant products that are securities on blockchains but can be used as collateral in DeFi protocols,” Schwartz explained.

On February 27, Ripple announced a partnership with the Axelar Foundation to enhance interoperability on the XRP Ledger (XRPL) blockchain. This collaboration focuses on advancing the tokenization of real-world assets (RWAs) and seeks to provide developers with new integration possibilities, thereby expanding the XRPL’s influence in financial services.

The tokenization of real-world assets has grown significantly over the past year. According to blockchain analytics and research firm Messari, the total value locked (TVL) in RWA protocols reached nearly $8 billion by the end of April.

Schwartz also noted a positive shift in regulatory attitudes, particularly in the United States and the EU. Large financial institutions increasingly acknowledge the vast potential of tokenized assets and actively seek ways to integrate blockchain technology while adhering to compliance standards.

“Big institutions have really come to believe that there’s going to be tens of trillions of dollars in real-world assets tokenized, and they don’t want to let somebody else beat them to it.”

XRPL Enhancements and Regulatory Shifts Drive Innovation at Ripple


David Schwartz, Ripple’s CTO, highlighted the company’s innovative strategies for enhancing the XRP Ledger (XRPL) and navigating evolving regulatory landscapes.

One of the key advancements discussed by Schwartz is the introduction of oracles to the XRPL. These oracles play a pivotal role in providing crucial external data, such as asset prices, to decentralized finance (DeFi) applications, ensuring their accuracy and reliability.

“We’ve announced a couple of other strategies for the XRP Ledger, one of them is Oracles… they enable DeFi applications that are sort of jurisdictional like collateralized lending.”

Additionally, Schwartz delved into Ripple’s approach with multi-purpose tokens, aiming to bridge the gap between fungible and non-fungible tokens on the XRPL.

“The XRP Ledger has fungible tokens that are great for things like stablecoins and non-fungible tokens that are great for things like collectibles. But there’s sort of an in-between for things like carbon credits or concert tickets, and these multi-purpose tokens can have regulatory compliance information attached to them.”

This strategic move caters to unique assets like carbon credits and concert tickets, offering a blend of fungibility and individual asset characteristics.

Exciting developments on the XRPL include the upcoming automated market maker (AMM) feature. According to Schwartz, this feature is poised to revolutionize liquidity and reduce market volatility, reflecting Ripple’s commitment to advancing cutting-edge solutions in the blockchain space.

“I’m unreasonably excited about the automated market maker feature just because that’s something that’s near and dear to my heart because I’ve been working on trading algorithms and volatility harvesting for a long time,” Schwartz expressed.

The convergence of technological innovation and regulatory adaptability signals a transformative phase for Ripple and the broader blockchain industry, promising new opportunities and efficiencies in the financial landscape.

Future Announcements


Ripple’s David Schwartz teased several major announcements slated for the upcoming Apex event in June. He mentioned the new partnerships and developments in the stablecoin sector, which are expected to further solidify Ripple’s market position.

Notably, on April 24, Ripple announced its plans to introduce a stablecoin pegged to the US dollar this year. Projections estimate the market will surpass $2.8 trillion by 2028. According to Ripple, the stablecoin will be fully collateralized by US dollar deposits, short-term US government treasuries, and other cash equivalents.

With Ripple propelling through the blockchain with various projects and partnerships, Schwartz also expressed optimism about the maturing blockchain industry. He emphasized the importance of both institutional and grassroots adoption in achieving mass adoption and improving the US regulatory environment.

“Mass adoption is going to take a mixture of institutional adoption and grassroots adoption. It’s exciting to see the industry turning that corner.”

Consensus 2024


Cryptonews reporters Rachel Wolfson and Matt Zahab are on the ground at Consensus 2024. Taking interviews from industry leaders and pioneers as well as prominent analysts, they bring you the latest updates from one of the biggest crypto events globally.

You can check out Rachel Wolfson’s full interview with David Schwartz below: