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Out of the 100 billion XRP that can ever exist, the founders kept 20 billion while OpenCoin received the remainder of 80 billion. From that 80 billion OpenCoin will sell 30 billion to fund ongoing development beyond the initial angel investment, and the remaining 50 billion will be given away to spur adoption.

How long will it take OpenCoin to distribute the remaining 50 billion? One year from now, how many XRP will OpenCoin give away to each unique new user? What is the smallest amount that OpenCoin will eventually give away, over time? If there is no specific answer to the time, can OpenCoin provide a range (for example, between 5 and 50 years)? Is there a reasonably estimable lower limit on the time required to give away the 50 billion? Is there an upper limit on how much will be handed out (i.e. will anyone ever receive 50,000 XRP again as part of the giveaway)?

Answers, even if partial, appreciated.

  • possible duplicate of How will Ripples be distributed? – o0'. Mar 20 '13 at 9:31
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    Definitely not a duplicate because neither of those questions asked what the smallest amount of XRP that will be handed out eventually. Is it 200? 500? Will it always be 10,000 or more? – Vinnie Falco Mar 20 '13 at 14:29
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The short answer is that nobody knows. In the short term, the rate of XRP release will be used to manage the network's growth. Once it transitions to a distributed network, that won't be an issue any more and it will likely then be limited just by how quickly we can give them away.

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  • One year from now, how many XRP will OpenCoin give away to each unique new user? What is the smallest amount that OpenCoin will eventually give away, over time?...Is there an upper limit on how much will be handed out (i.e. will anyone ever receive 50,000 XRP again as part of the giveaway)? – Vinnie Falco Mar 20 '13 at 14:28
  • @VinnieFalco: I can't say for sure, but I don't foresee it ever getting less than 500 or more than 50,000. – David Schwartz Mar 20 '13 at 16:22
  • What would be some example circumstances where the amount of the giveaway would be raised to 50,000 again? Considering that now it's at what, 30,000 and falling (at a rate of 5,000 per week)? – Vinnie Falco Mar 20 '13 at 19:05
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    @VinnieFalco: One would be if it proves to be more difficult than we expected to find enough people to give XRP to. But 50 billion over 50 thousand is only a million, so I would consider that unlikely. My guess is that it will probably be 5,000 - 15,000 for most of the giveaway. (I actually don't monitor the giveaway or take part in the discussions over the process except when it impacts the technical operation of the network. So I don't know as much about those plans as you might think I do.) – David Schwartz Mar 20 '13 at 19:11

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