Strictly speaking, Ripple isn't the name of the digital currency
So it's not actually a real competitor to Bitcoin. How about a look at the Wikipedia page:
It is not recommended for a user to grant trust to other parties unless the user fully understands the ramifications.
It is not recommended for a user to allow rippling unless they fully understand the ramifications.
At best, it's not competing with BC in the first place, and at worst it sounds too complex for consumers to get their heads around.
So I guess the answer to the original question is a resounding "no", but Betterage could have told you that.