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Asset TypeAsset TypePlatform
StructureStructureFor Profit
Project StatusProject StatusMVP
SectorSectorSmart Contracts
Funds raisedFunds raised63M
CountryCountryHong Kong
Key personKey personCharles Hoskinson

Cardano (ADA) Information{coin_name} ({symbol}) Information

Cardano is developing a smart contract platform which seeks to deliver more advanced features than any protocol previously developed.

Cardano is a decentralised public blockchain and cryptocurrency project and is fully open source. Cardano is developing a smart contract platform which seeks to deliver more advanced features than any protocol previously developed. It is the first blockchain platform to evolve out of a scientific philosophy and a research-first driven approach. The development team consists of a large global collective of expert engineers and researchers
Utility of the coin/token
Smart Contract Platform

Team OverviewTeam Overview

Michael Parsons FCA
Chairman of Foundation

Michael Parsons has over 25 years’ experience as an executive and consultant in the banking industry, with a strong emphasis on technological innovation. An early evangelist for Bitcoin, he has become one of the UK’s leading authorities and thought leaders on blockchain distributed ledger technology for financial services and a sought-after speaker and advisor on the subject. He currently serves as the Chairman and Executive Director of the Cardano Foundation, which promotes and supports the new Cardano blockchain protocol. There his mandate is to promote the protocol and associated Cardano ecosystem as well as positively influence the emerging commercial and legislative landscape for blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies.

Guido Schmitz-Krummacher
Member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation
Tom Kelly
Marketing & Community Manager

Tom is an experienced marketing professional, with a background focused on growing technology businesses from the ground up. Previously Tom was VP of Marketing at Busy Rooms a software company which optimizes revenue for the global hotel industry. More recently Tom was Head of Growth & Marketing at Homeshift, a technology business improving the customer experience in the home utilities sector. He first got interested in blockchain while consulting for a client and after further investigation become passionate about the potential of the technology. Tom graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Business Innovation & Enterprise.

Juliette Adelfang
Delivery Assurance Lead

Juliette started her career in the insurance industry doing performance analysis and training development for new personnel. She continued her development in roles that have included corporate administration and office management. Having a service oriented background, Juliette has a keen interest in event management and project coordination for blockchain related projects. She graduated from the University of Johannesburg with a BTech Degree in Hospitality Management.

Steve Wagendorp
Head of Technical Operations

Steve joined the Cardano Foundation having recently managed operations for an asset manager in Zurich focusing on fund administration, compliance, regulatory matters and IT. As a technology enthusiast, he developed a natural interest in blockchain technology and decentralised application development. Steve graduated from the university of Cape Town with a degree in Geomatics engineering


Cardano Foundation
CARDANO Stiftung

Company NumberCompany Number CH17070007868
Gubelstrasse 11, 6300 Zug

Input Output HK Limited

Company NumberCompany Number CR No.: 2209898
Suite A, 16th Floor, Tesbury Centre, 24-32 Queen's Road East


Suites 2001-3, 20th Floor, St. George's Building 2, Ice House Street Central
Hong Kong

Questions and AnswersQuestions and Answers

What is Cardano?
Cardano is a security focused blockchain that harnesses the latest research and engineering insights to build a platform suitable for the highest value applications. Built on a foundation of peer-reviewed research created through partnerships with the world’s foremost universities, Cardano aims to create a platform for decentralised applications and smart contracts that can be processed with a technique called formal verification. This allows logical proof of the correctness of code and smart contracts, for those applications where value is high and security is paramount. Cardano combines this with an innovative layered approach that separates accounting of value from all other smart contract and computation activity. This means functionality can be added to smart contract capabilities without changing the protocol responsible for the cryptocurrency.
How much team are working on Cardano?
3 companies : 1. Cardano Foundation: A Swiss non-profit and guardian of the Cardano ecosystem and community. It aims to proactively work with governments and regulatory bodies, as well as forming strategic partnerships with enterprises and other open-source projects to further global adoption of the technology. 2. IOHK: A world-class engineering and technology company committed to using peer-to-peer innovations to provide financial services to three billion people that don’t have them. The group is contracted to design, build, and maintain the Cardano platform until 2020. 3. Emurgo: a company formed to integrate, develop and support businesses who want to utilise Cardano's decentralised blockchain.
What is unique about the project?
Cardano is the first blockchain project to be built on peer reviewed academic research. This level of scrutiny of the underlying technology is an industry first. Further to this, Cardano is unique in that it’s written in the Haskell coding language. Haskell is considered to be one of the most secure programming languages, minimizing the number of errors and adding extremely robust security to the platform. This includes use of a technique called formal verification, which allows mathematical proof of the correctness of code. Cardano is also designed to operate in regulated industries whilst protecting individual privacy. Applications built on Cardano can be individually customised to meet regulator requirements, but individuals can protect their privacy by choosing whether they want to enter regulated domains.
Where can I consult Cardano roadmap?
All the informations about the project roadmap can be found here :
Can I have more informations about the Pre-Sale?
The pre-launch token sale of Ada ran from September 2015 to January 2017 was undertaken over 4 different tranches. During the sale the average price paid for 1 Ada was $0.0024 USD and 94.8% of Ada voucher holders who participated in the sale are Japanese.
How will Cardano overcome the first-mover advantage of Ethereum?
So how many Java, C++ or Go developers are writing code on Ethereum? You can’t, Ethereum doesn’t support any of these languages. They can’t even run a single viral app on the platform. If you look at the top 10 languages, none of them works on the system, so, by definition, all those developers aren’t developing for the system, they have to go and learn new tools and new stuff. With Cardano, first off, we’re backward-compatible, 100%, we’re running an EVM. So you can take your Solidity code and your Web 3 stuff and all the things you’ve come to know and love about Ethereum, and you can run it on my system, and it’s faster, cheaper and safer to run it on my system because we have a better consensus model.
Are there any plans to implement private transactions in the style of Monero or Zcash?
Yes, so Monero uses a primitive called ring signatures, and Zcash uses a snark primitive. So privacy is a complicated topic because you’re actually talking about three things. You’re talking about the privacy in terms of linkability, so, if I look at a transaction or an address, what’s the probability that I can relate it to a known identity? So basically, go from anonymous or pseudonymous to known, the linkability dimension of it. Then there’s the obfuscation of amounts. So you might not be able to easily connect the addresses or transactions to people, but if it’s a public ledger, you could certainly see what’s the most expensive transaction, and it creates kind of a priority cue for deanonymization. Say, ‘Ah, well, there’s a $10 million transaction that happened today, let’s go and find who has that with a wrench to rob him’.
What are the design principles, engineering best practices and avenues for exploration Cardano follows?
Separation of accounting and computation into different layers. Implementation of core components in highly modular functional code. Small groups of academics and developers competing with peer reviewed research. Heavy use of interdisciplinary teams including early use of InfoSec experts. Fast iteration between white papers, implementation and new research required to correct issues discovered during review
What stack is powering Cardano?
The protocols making Cardano possible are being implemented in Haskell. The user interface has been encapsulated in a fork of Electron that we are calling Daedalus. We have chosen to use the web architectural model where possible, and for our database, we opted for a key-value paradigm using RocksDB.
What is called Cardano Proof of Stake?
Our proof of stake protocol is called Ouroboros and it has been designed by an extremely talented team of cryptographers from five academic institutions led by Professor Aggelos Kiayias of the University of Edinburgh. The core innovation it brings beyond being proven secure using a rigorous cryptographic model is a modular and flexible design that allows for the composition of many protocols to enhance functionality.
Why is Ouroboros modulable?
This modularity allows for features such as delegation, sidechains, subscribable checkpoints, better data structures for light clients, different forms of random number generation and even different synchronization assumptions. As a network develops from having thousands to millions and even billions of users, the requirements of its consensus algorithm will also change. Thus, it is vital to have enough flexibility to accommodate these changes and thereby future-proof the heart of a cryptocurrency.


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Source Code Repositories

input-output-hk/cardano-sl 3288 Stars 111 Contributers 208 Open Issues

Cryptographic currency implementing Ouroboros PoS protocol


Tradeable CoinsTradeable Coins
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Exchange Markets

ExchangeExchange MarketMarket PricePrice DiffDiff Volume 24hVolume 24h SpreadSpread Spread $1kSpread $1k
Binance ADA/BTC $0.0491 0.21% $6,518,180 0.24% 0.24%
Binance ADA/USDT $0.0492 0.39% $5,393,193 0.12% 0.12%
Upbit ADA/KRW $0.0484 -1.2% $3,663,571 0.17% 0.17%
Bittrex ADA/BTC $0.0489 -0.03% $1,111,095 0.24% 0.24%
Binance ADA/ETH $0.0490 0.05% $612,426 0.13% 0.26%
Kraken ADA/BTC $0.0492 0.45% $392,237 0.24% 0.24%
Kraken ADA/EUR $0.0495 1.1% $383,643 0.19% 0.36%
Binance ADA/BNB $0.0491 0.21% $293,107 0.18% 0.36% ADA/USDT $0.0490 -0.01% $291,853 0.41% 0.61%
Kraken ADA/USD $0.0491 0.36% $244,270 0.21% 0.22%
Binance ADA/USDC $0.0492 0.41% $213,804 0.33% 0.49%
Bittrex ADA/USD $0.0492 0.53% $165,316 0.39% 0.77%
Binance ADA/TUSD $0.0493 0.6% $138,242 0.35% 0.59%
Bittrex ADA/USDT $0.0491 0.2% $81,765 0.43% 1.1%
Binance ADA/PAX $0.0488 -0.34% $69,303 0.37% 0.49%
Kraken ADA/ETH $0.0488 -0.23% $54,327 0.22% 0.65%
Indodax ADA/IDR $0.0492 0.51% $52,558 0.14% 0.14%
Bittrex ADA/ETH $0.0489 -0.14% $36,324 0.35% 0.71%
Kraken ADA/CAD $0.0492 0.5% $11,636 1.6% 4.2% ADA/BTC $0.0491 0.21% $8,654.96 0.72% 1.2%

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