Everything To Know About Ripio Credit Network (RCN)

What is Ripio Credit Network (RCN)?

Ripio Credit Network

Ripio Credit is a blockchain-based credit system platform built on top of Ethereum that uses the RCN token (ERC-20 token) for transactions on the platform. The Ripio Credit company is headquartered in Grand Cayman and was founded in 2016 by Sebastian Serrano. The platform enables lenders and borrowers to connect globally, using smart contracts to ensure transparency and reliability. It also provides an intermediary co-signature that acts as a tool for neutralizing a credit lenders risk by being responsible for handling debt collection from the borrower.

How Ripio Credit Network Works?

RCN is a network of key Decentralized Finance service providers that interact with each other through an open-source set of Ethereum smart-contracts to connect debt markets’ supply and demand and enable frictionless lending use cases.

History of Ripio Credit Network (RCN)

Ripio Credit Network (RCN) is a project being developed by Ripio, a blockchain startup in Latin America which originally operated a bitcoin payment platform under the name BitPagos. In Jan. 2017 the company rebranded and took on Ripo, the name of its original wallet service, as the company name. In 2016 BitPagos introduced Ripio Credit which currently allows users to create installment loans using bitcoin. Unlike traditional loans, Ripio Credit does not require users to possess a credit card or bank account.

RCN was created to decentralize the lending process by leveraging a series of smart contracts and the existing Ripio credit application. In the RCN network borrowers and lenders are matched through a custom smart contract. Third-party services are used to verify a borrowers identity and a credit score can be generated by a scoring agent. To ensure that lenders are protected in the case of a default co-signers are used to act as guarantors. Co-signers are responsible for collecting defaulted payments in accordance with local regulations. 

While loans can be denominated in local currencies the third-parties in the network like identity providers and scoring agents are required to use the RCN token for exchanging payments. A price oracle is built into the network to provide real-time price details for these agents. This means that in order to participate in the network it is necessary to own RCN tokens. Ripio Credit launched as the initial provider of all services, including wallet provider, scoring agent, id-verifier, co-signer, and credit provider for users in Argentina. 

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