Cryptocurrency prices have been highly correlated with bitcoin, the first and most famous out of thousands that exist. But that could end soon as markets start to acknowledge the differences between these assets, according to Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse.
"There's a very high correlation between the price of XRP and the price of bitcoin, but ultimately these are independent open-sourced technologies," Garlinghouse told CNBC's "Power Lunch" Wednesday. "It's early, over time you'll see a more rational market and behaviors that reflect that."
Ripple is the name of the San Francisco-based company developing a network for faster global financial payments, while XRP is the name of the digital token that financial institutions on the network can use to transact quickly.
The company itself had a record first quarter, signing 20 production contracts with new firms, Garlinghouse said. Ripple announced a deal with the largest bank in Kuwait on Wednesday, adding to companies like MoneyGram that are already testing XRP for cross-border payments.