What Is Chain (XCN)?
Chain is a cloud blockchain infrastructure that enables organizations to build better financial services from the ground up. Chain has launched Chain Core which is a permissioned and open source blockchain and Sequence, its ledger as a service product. Clients can receive discounts and pay for commercial fees with Chain Tokens (CHN) as well as participate in community protocol governance and access to premium features.
Using Chain Core, institutions can launch and operate a blockchain network, or connect to a growing list of other networks that are transforming how assets move around the world. The Chain Protocol defines how assets are issued, transferred, and controlled on a blockchain network. It allows a single entity or a group of organizations to operate a network, supports the coexistence of multiple types of assets, and is interoperable with other independent networks. Chain Core is engineered for the performance demanded by modern financial systems. The time to create, sign, and validate a transaction is measured in milliseconds.
Sequence is a ledger-as-a-service that enables organizations to securely track and transfer balances in a token format. Using Sequence organizations can securely manage their financial assets in a token format on private ledgers and, soon, seamlessly transfer them across public networks.
Who Are the Founders of Chain?
Founded in 2014, Chain has raised over $40 million in funding from Khosla Ventures, RRE Ventures, and strategic partners including Capital One,Citigroup, Fiserv, Nasdaq, Orange, and Visa. Chain has previously partnered and worked to build blockchain networks for Visa, Nasdaq, State Street, Citibank and more.
Deepak Thapliyal is the current Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for Chain. Prior to Chain, Thapliyal has been a domain investor, in the private work sector and working on arbitrage trading systems.
Adam Ludwin was the original founder of Chain. Prior to Chain, Ludwin studied at UC Berkeley. He began his career as a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group and IDEO. He then earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and did early-stage ventural capital with a focus on fintech at RRE Ventures, investing in companies including Vine, Slack, Kik, and Paperless Post.
In 2018, Chain was acquired by Lightyear Corp., the commercial arm of the Stellar Development Foundation, the organization behind the Lumens cryptocurrency. The price of the acquisition was not disclosed, Forbes claimed that it was the equivalent of $500 million paid in Lumens.
In 2021, Chain is now operating as a privately held corporation with a newly established board of directors, officers and shareholders.
What Makes Chain Unique?
Chain Protocol is designed to be a shared, multi-asset, cryptographic ledger. It supports the coexistence and interoperability of multiple independent networks, with different operators, sharing a common format and capabilities. Using the principle of least authority, control over assets is separated from control over ledger synchronization.
The Chain Protocol allows any network participant to define and issue assets by writing custom “issuance programs.” Once issued, units of an asset are controlled by “control programs.” These programs are expressed in a flexible and Turing-complete programming language that can be used to build sophisticated smart contracts.
Each network is secured by a federation of “block signers.” The system is secure against forks as long as a quorum of block signers follows the protocol. For efficiency, block creation is delegated to a single “block generator.” Any node on the network can validate blocks and submit transactions to the network.
Chain Core is an enterprise software product that implements the Chain Protocol. An open-source developer edition is freely available, and Chain operates a Chain blockchain network as a freely accessible testnet.