About Cardano

Charles Hoskinson

Cardano is a platform built for a sustainable future, to help people work better together, trust one another, and build global solutions to global problems.

Cardano is a decentralized third-generation proof-of-stake blockchain platform. It was built with a peer review and evidence-based approach being developed into a decentralized application (DApp) development platform with a multi-asset ledger and verifiable smart contracts.

Its methodology includes academic research, prototyping, technical specifications, formal developments methods and functional programming.

Cardano mission

Cardano is a blockchain platform for changemakers, innovators, and visionaries, with the tools and technologies required to create possibility for the many, as well as the few, and bring about positive global change.

Cardano roadmap

The Cardano Roadmap comprises 5 eras. We are close to the start of the Goguen phase.

1 - Byron: Foundation
2 - Shelley: Decentralization
3 - Goguen: Smart contracts
4 - Basho: Scaling
5 - Voltaire: Governance

Cardano was designed with input from a large global team including leading experts and professors in the fields of computer programming languages, network design and cryptography.

Organizations supporting Cardano


A standards body with core responsibilities to oversee the development of Cardano and its ecosystem. It drives adoption, shapes blockchain governance, sets commercial standards, and support the Cardano community.


IOHK is the technology and engineering company run by Charles Hoskinson contracted to design, build, and maintain the Cardano platform.

cardano foundation

Cardano Foundation
An independent Swiss-based non-profit that oversees and supervises the advancement of Cardano.


EMURGO is a multinational blockchain technology company providing solutions for developers, startups, enterprises, and governments.

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