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Who are the core developers behind the Ripple system?

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I know alternative cryptocurrencies are allowed on the Bitcoin stackexchange (sigh ...). But is Ripple considered a cryptocurrency? – Stephen Gornick Feb 11 '13 at 13:03
@StephenGornick Well, they are based on rules of cryptography as far as I know and share a few similarities to Bitcoin. Moreover, the response to discussion on whether or not include Ripple in this SE were all in the "yes" category - . – ThePiachu Feb 11 '13 at 13:30

Chris Larsen has been publicly identified as CEO of OpenCoin, the company behind the new Ripple. The core developers have been publicly identified as Jed McCaleb, Arthur Britto, Stefan Thomas, and me (David Schwartz).

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David, I asked quite a few questions here on this thread on Ripple forums, mind taking a look? I'm not sure that bombarding Bitcoin SE with these would have been that right thing to do. – ripper234 Feb 12 '13 at 4:35
FYI, David Schwartz = Joel Katz – ripper234 Feb 24 '13 at 11:30

First of all it's important to point out that Ripple (unlike Bitcoin) has been developed by a company, OpenCoin Inc. There is no information about individual developers on or The following information can be found from the Whois of

 OpenCoin Inc
 268 Bush St #2724
 San Francisco, CA 94104

That said Ripple is (will be) open source and decentralized, people can write competing clients and the Ripple network could function in the future without OpenCoin Inc.

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