SendFriend, a partner of Ripple and a startup that focuses on improving cross-border payments has received a whopping $1.7 million in funding during its first round of investment.
The next-generation remittance company focuses on the smartest way to send money to the Philippines which will help overseas Filipino workers to securely transfer USD to PHP at the lowest rate available via SendFriend. The news of the investment was published on MarketWatch and informed that the capital raised was led by companies like 8 Decimal Capital, Techstars, 2020 Ventures, Barclays, MIT Media Lab etc.
Migrants in the U.S. who send home money via traditional methods usually face problems like delayed payments, high fees and sometimes, the payment doesn’t go through. Moreover, out of $650 billion in remittance transaction occurring in the U.S., $45 billion is lost in fees.
Furthermore, MarketWatch stated:
“SendFriend will launch as the only option for OFWs to securely and reliably send money internationally with fees that are 65% lower than the industry average as it replaces the frictions and fees of the banking system with one seamless, ultra low cost experience to send money globally.”
SendFriend uses Ripple’s xRapid payment solution to facilitate cross-border payments. XRP provides the liquidity needed to make the transaction happen. xRapid transactions occur as a result of converting USD to XRP, which is then sent via exchanges, thus circumventing banks and FIs and the XRP is then converted back to PHP via the exchange in Philippines.
Earlier this year, CEO David Lighton had said,
“We leveraged the blockchain to create an instant digital money transfer service, a full 65% cheaper than the industry’s average. SendFriend is the US’ first fully compliant international consumer payment solution built on the blockchain and we are going live in Q1.”
SendFriend was founded by people at MIT and was also accepted into Barclays Accelerator Program, powered by Techstars. Moreover, SendFriend plans to launch in New Jersey but, will soon be available to OFWs in other states via desktop and mobile as well. In addition, users can also request to get an early access version of the same.
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SendFriend goes live in New Jersey; prepared to take on a $11 billion remittance corridor with Ripple
SendFriend, a next-generation remittance service that focuses on cross-border payments between the U.S. and the Philippines, today announced that it had gone live in the state of New Jersey, via a Twitter announcement.
We’re all excited for our launch, and today is the Day (for New Jersey)! Join thousands of Filipinos and come out to the Philippine American Friendship Committee Parade and check out our booth – We will be here all day! pic.twitter.com/PkcrGChwZ9
— SendFriend (@sendfriendinc) June 23, 2019
Ripple and SendFriend’s partnership was announced in late 2018, with the CEO of the latter, David Lighton, expressing his excitement at a Barclays Event in 2019. At the same event, Lighton also confirmed that SendFriend would be using Ripple’s xRapid payment solution that leverages XRP as a liquidity provider.
There is approximately $11.09 billion transferred between the U.S. and the Philippines in remittances every year. These largely use traditional payment methods that are slow and less efficient, when compared to newly developed blockchain-based solutions. The chart below shows the flow of remittances into the Philippines, with the U.S. accounting for the highest volume.
By using Ripple’s xRapid payment solution, money can easily be transferred in a few seconds. Not only does this save millions in fees by taking away middlemen, but it is also less time consuming.
Although xRapid has slashed fees and time for cross-border payments drastically, it has not gained traction due to a lack of regulatory clarity around cryptocurrencies. On February 11, 2019, SendFriend had announced the provision of an option for Overseas Filipino Workers [OFW] to send money “securely and reliably” across borders, with fees that are “65% lower than the industry average” in one “seamless flow.”
David Lighton had said,
“We are humbled by the support of our investors, who share in our vision to reduce the costs and improve the experience for the millions of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who send money home to support their families… This investment will allow us to build out our team, focus on community engagement, and marketing efforts.”
A Twitter user @mister_pace, commented,
“Based on these rates. You save about $13 to send 1000 using SendFriend over The next lowest MoneyGram”
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