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Why we are building Cardano

July 10, 2017
2 min read

I’m delighted to announce the release of Why Cardano, a document explaining the philosophy behind the design and development of Cardano. Publishing this is a key milestone for the project and I hope it helps with explaining why we are building Cardano. Full translations are underway in Japanese, Chinese and Korean, when they are ready updates will be posted in the Cardano community social channels. For links to those channels and for more information about Cardano, see the Cardano Foundation’s website.


Cardano is a project that began in 2015 as an effort to change the way cryptocurrencies are designed and developed. The overall focus beyond a particular set of innovations is to provide a more balanced and sustainable ecosystem that better accounts for the needs of its users as well as other systems seeking integration.

In the spirit of many open source projects, Cardano did not begin with a comprehensive roadmap or even an authoritative white paper. Rather it embraced a collection of design principles, engineering best practices and avenues for... Read more »

Charles Hoskinson

Chief Executive Officer

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