Hedera Hashgraph Public Mainnet To Hit The Internet on September 16th, 2019

Platform Opens to Developers, Open Source Mirror Node Code Released, and Coin Distribution Begins

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Enterprise-grade public distributed ledger platform Hedera Hashgraph, that they will open the doors via  Open Access (OA) to its mainnet beta on Monday, September 16th, 2019, allowing blockchain entrepreneurs to open accounts and build decentralized applications (dApps) on the Hedera Hashgraph platform.

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In addition, Hedera added they have open-sourced their mirror node code so that anyone who wants to run a mirror node can do so. Mirror nodes on the Hedera network provide access to all consensus decisions and the state of the ledger. While they do not participate in consensus, mirror nodes can provide a public record of transactions and the state. In addition, mirror nodes offer flexibility for the owner to choose what to store and for how long.

“With Open Access, we are excited to welcome any and all to join the hundreds of third-party developers already building decentralized applications on our platform,” said Mance Harmon, Co-Founder and CEO of Hedera Hashgraph. “Open Access also marks the next step in our journey to become the industry’s most decentralized, permissionless, public network. At the same time that our mirror nodes are becoming open-source and accessible to all, we’re also beginning a careful, responsible coin distribution process.”   

OA also marks the beginning of Hedera’s strategic 15-year coin distribution, with HBAR tokens beginning to be released to participants in Simple Agreements for Future Tokens (SAFTs) offerings, through which the company raised $124 million USD in 2018.

After OA, the first distribution of HBAR coins will also be released to SAFT purchasers. In order to become the most decentralized public permissionless network at scale, Hedera Hashgraph is taking a strategic approach with a long term, 15-year coin distribution schedule of its total coin supply. As it stands, Hedera Hashgraph is a public permissioned network, meaning that while anyone can build on the platform, only certain parties are eligible to run nodes, manage consensus, and maintain the network. In order to transition into a public, permissionless network, where users who stake their coins can choose to become nodes, Hedera is distributing coins in tranches over a long period. The aim of this distribution schedule is to prevent malicious actors from cornering the market on coins, which would enable them to monopolize ownership of nodes, in turn damaging network security. Hedera today also published a Coin Economics paper, explaining in further detail the role that the cryptocurrency plays in securing the network, and how it will be distributed. 

 “The creation of the trust layer of the internet requires a measured, long-term rollout with responsible stewards, empowered individuals, and slow coin distribution,” said Leemon Baird, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist of Hedera Hashgraph. “Hedera Hashgraph is taking a thoughtful approach to this deployment and we see interest in our protocol by both enterprises and developers as a strong endorsement of our strategy.”

At OA, the Hedera Hashgraph network will offer three services: 1) Cryptocurrency, throttled to 10,000 transactions per second, 2) Smart Contract and 3) File Service, both throttled to 10 transactions per second to start and increasing systematically throughout the remainder of 2019. While Hedera is seeing faster speeds in testing, the throttling is designed to similarly roll out network services in a measured, responsible way, and Hedera plans to increase speed methodically in the coming months. The recently announced Hedera Consensus Service is expected to deliver similar performance as the cryptocurrency service and will be publicly available later this year.

Hedera will mark the milestone with a virtual event, beginning at 4:00pm PT / 7:00pm ET on Monday, September 16th. To register, visit www.hedera.com

Hedera is a decentralized public network where anyone can carve out a piece of cyberspace to transact, play, and socialize in a secure, trusted environment. Developers can build secure, fair, blazing-fast decentralized applications on top of the Hedera platform. Dr. Leemon Baird, Hedera Hashgraph Co-Founder and Chief Scientist, and Mance Harmon, Co-founder and CEO of Hedera, invented and developed the groundbreaking hashgraph technology after working at the United States Air Force Academy and as founders of Trio Security, BlueWave Security, and Swirlds, Inc.

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Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News put him in the top 10 Token Architects in Europe.

Kastelein has an Ad Honorem - Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford's Saïd Business School for Business Automation 4.0 programme.  Over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division.

Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, Prague, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara (2x), Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich.

He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com, and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French. A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world. In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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