I'm liking what I'm seeing with respect to Ripple and am hopeful that bitcoin and ripple will integrate nicely together soon.
I think Ripple is positioning itself to be a major player with whatever currency comes around. I am a little concerned about copycat cryptocurrencies and like bitcoins position given it's being the first...sorta like Amazon being the first big player to do what it does and despite it struggling at first.
Hope to be able to see this thing take off big time and be the future of things.
It's about time something came along that could give the current power brokers a run for their money.
Ebay was first, or so I thought. O_o
Ebay founded: September 3, 1995
Amazon founded: 1994, launched in 1995, selling books, not "everything".
Doing what it does now, isn't what it did then. It expanded because Books eventually have been dying out, as it moved into digital downloads and other things. Essentially copying Ebay's framework.
Not saying they both didn't provide some technology, but 1994-1995, lots of things were happening, lots of people wanted to make money.
It took 10 years after that, before video took off. (Youtube,Veoh(defunct),Stage6(defunct),Dailymotion), then later Vimeo showed up.
You use to have to wait hours for a video to process, now it takes minutes. Thanks to new graphics/cpu technologies.
So while anything can be created, not always is it successfully implemented right away, it has to mature and evolve to keep going.