R3

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R3
R3 logo.jpg
Founded 2014
Headquarters London, England, UK
Key People David Rutter, Founder and CEO; Jesse Edwards, Co-Founder, former CFO;

Todd McDonald, Co-Founder, COO

Employees 50-200
Products Distributed Ledger Technology including Corda
Twitter @insider3
LinkedIn Profile

R3 is a financial firm that leads a consortium partnership consisting of over 100 of the world's leading financial institutions to design and deliver distributed ledger technologies to the global financial markets.[1] It was founded in 2014 by nine banks including Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, JP Morgan and others with the goal of applying blockchain technology to commercial markets.[2]

History

R3 had initially planned to raise $200 million from members and give them a 90 percent stake in a new company. But in November of 2016, it lowered the target and said members would get a 60 percent stake in R3.[3]

At this time, R3 was hit by several big departures, beginning with the exit of Goldman Sachs, followed by Santander and JPMorgan.[4][5] R3 responded by adding ABN AMRO, Fifth Third Bank, insurance provider Suncorp Group and financial services company Synchrony Financial to the group.[6]

R3 has faced controversy in the past regarding its use of the word "blockchain." The company had originally marketed itself as a "blockchain startup," when in fact this was a misnomer; the technology they were developing was not actually a blockchain, though it was a distributed ledger. In early 2017 they changed the language on their company website to correct this mistake.[7]

In April of 2017 Calypso Technology teamed up with R3 to provide five financial institutions with trade matching services. The service integrates Calypso’s cloud application and R3’s Corda platform to carry out real-time trade matching tests across four time zones.[8]

Legal battle with Ripple

In June 2017, Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse attempted to terminate a contract Ripple had made with R3 via email to R3's chief executive David Rutter. The agreement gave R3 the right to purchase up to 5 billion XRP digital tokens at $0.0085 until September 2019. R3 responded by filing a lawsuit against Ripple, which then filed its own lawsuit against R3, claiming R3 had violated the contract by failing to help Ripple promote its technology.[9] Ripple's attempts to keep the lawsuit in San Francisco courts were denied. R3 appealed to courts in Delaware and Manhattan, New York; the case was thrown out in Delaware.[10]

Corda Settler

In December 2018 R3 launched Corda Settler, a software application designed to facilitate global cryptocurrency -based payments on enterprise blockchains. Despite the company's previous legal battles with Ripple, Corda Settler launched supporting XRP as its primary cryptocurrency.[11]

SWIFT integrates with R3

Gottfried Leibbrandt, the CEO of the global banking payments network SWIFT announced in January 2019 that SWIFT GPI (SWIFT's software platform) would be integrating with R3. Leibbrandt made the announcement on the main stage at the Paris Fintech Forum. In a later announcement, SWIFT said that it was in the process of connecting SWIFT's GPI Link gateway with Corda and testing its ability to monitor payment flows, as well as testing Corda's ability to support existing application programming interfaces (APIs), organizational architecture, and other technical features of SWIFT. David Rutter said that it was a "logical extension" to integrate R3's Corda with SWIFT GPI, which he called "the new standard to settle payments right across the world." He said that SWIFT GPI will benefit from the blockchain applications running on Corda.[12][13]

MonetaGo

MonetaGo, a company that builds private blockchains for banks and other financial institutions, switched to Corda in 2019 from Hypderledger Fabric.[14]

Jesse Edwards leaves R3

In March 2019, R3 co-founder Jesse Edwards left the company. Before his departure, he had been working on a "side fund" for R3 called "Adroc" (Corda spelled backwards) targeted for between $50-60 million, which would have been used to support new tech companies building products on top of the Corda platform. Though R3 and Edwards both said that Edwards had been considering launching his own independent venture capital firm to drive Corda adoption globally, Edwards' exodus from the company allegedly had more to do with differences of vision over how to encourage investment for tech startups building software on top of the Corda platform. The firm said that it had decided to opt for what it calls an "internal corporate development function" to support new companies on the Corda platform, rather than utilizing funds from Adroc. R3 said in a statement that the decision was made mutually between the firm and Edwards, and that he remained "an investor in and a close friend of the firm."[15]

Incorporating DAML

In June 2019, R3 announced that it had integrated Digital Asset's Digital Asset Markup Language (DAML) with Corda, as well as Hyperledger's Sawtooth and Amazon's database service, AWS Aurora. This was done to streamline workflows around some of the world's more widely-used ledgers, according to Digital Asset CEO Yuval Rooz.[16]

Products and Services

R3 developed Corda, an open-source distributed ledger project designed to build an inter-operable network of distinct blockchain networks that are able to transact between each other privately.[17] In March 2019, SIX Group announced that it was using Corda to build SGX, its own distributed ledger platform.[18]

Key People

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