Chainspace powers a community of makers.
We're helping everyone have more control over our digital world.

A distributed web of blockchains for scalability, speed and privacy.

Chainspace delivers on modern expectations of processing power, making it the platform of choice for complex real-world applications

  • High throughput and low latency via a fast, two-phase Sharded Byzantine Atomic Commit protocol (S-BAC)
  • Uses a wide range of developer languages to gain adoption beyond the current blockchain niche
  • Focus on the developer experience to help developer adoption and collaboration
  • Integrated design thinking and user-centred design from the ground up, ensuring we build the most usable platform for developers, organisations, and end users

Linear scalability

Parallelising contract execution by sharding gives us linear scalability. Add more shards, get more capacity.

Data consistency

Atomicity via cross-shard commits. Multi-contract calls fully succeed or fail even when multiple shards are involved.

Low-latency consensus

Our new leaderless consensus protocol provides fast finality for operations within each shard.

Secret Keeping

Coconut is our novel approach to using zero-knowledge proofs to selectively disclose secrets, whilst still providing strong anonymity guarantees.


(coming soon)

We are currently writing a whitepaper describing the overall functioning of the system. It links together all of our other works (see below) into a coherent whole.


Dave Hrycyszyn


In a 20 year career, Dave has successfully delivered hundreds of software systems. From startups to the world's largest organizations, he's scaled systems to tens of millions of users. He also wrote the book on the open source Scalatra HTTP framework, used by the BBC, NetFlix, and McLaren. Alongside Ramsey, he built and sold a 60-person software consultancy. At Chainspace, he works across business, code, and research activities.

George Danezis


George is the former head of the Information Security Research Group at UCL. He co-designed and prototyped RsCoin, an experimental scalable cryptocurrency, and has a list of publications longer than a Leonard Cohen song. He did his doctorate at Cambridge under Ross Anderson, followed by a stint at Microsoft Research. George is also a Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute.

Ramsey Khoury


A successful serial entrepreneur, Ramsey provides our business backbone. Previously, Ramsey founded, built up, and took a 60-person software consultancy through to a final sale. Subsequently an angel investor in multiple traditional startups, his interest in the potential of decentralised applications has been stoked over the past three years. He handles investor relations, business strategy, and a million details.

Ben Laurie


A founder of the Apache Software Foundation, Ben wrote the SSL implementation in Apache HTTP server. He's also originator of Certificate Transparency, an internet-scale distributed ledger securing SSL against MITM attacks. Ben is Head of Security and Transparency at DeepMind.

Blaine Cook


Blaine was the original technical director at Twitter. He's co-author of the OAuth (v1) protocol (i.e. "Log in with Facebook", "Log in with Google"), as well as the Webfinger protocol, a decentralised web scale identity system leveraging OpenID.

Bryan Ford


Bryan Ford leads the Decentralized and Distributed Systems (DEDIS) lab at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. He's one of the main brains behind OmniLedger, a sharded cryptocurrency. He also writes on Liquid Democracy, a set of governance structures designed for distributed democratic deliberation.

Klaus Kursawe


Klaus is an expert security consultant on critical infrastructure, including smart devices and energy grids across the globe. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of Byzantine distributed consensus and distributed trust, and has been publishing papers on these subjects since the turn of the millenium.

Alberto Sonnino

Co-founder, researcher

Alberto's research interests include privacy enhancing technologies, distributed ledgers, and secure enclave computations. He is also currently a doctoral researcher at UCL.

Andy Bennett


Andy is in charge of systematising UI components needed to build user interfaces in the world of DApps, designing user interfaces for prototype applications, figuring out how people can use distributed ledgers - and why they'd want to. Currently working to rebrand Chainspace.

Jeremy Letang


Jeremy is the sort of coder who implements RAFT distributed consensus in Rust as a personal challenge, and whose Github repos have descriptions like "C++ reflection framework (for fun)". He's equally comfortable working in Go or Rust, and leads our experiments with Rust-to-WASM.

Lola Oyelayo

Product Strategy

Lola is a product strategist who specialises in figuring out what new tech is actually useful for. She's in charge of research, prototyping, and business strategy to find what's useful (and ditch what's not) in what's still a very immature design space.

Mustafa Al-Bassam

Co-founder, researcher

Mustafa is a researcher in computer security, scalable blockchain technologies and their applications. He made the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Tech list for 2016. He is currently a doctoral researcher in computer security at UCL.

Penny Andrews


Penny knows how to get teams working together. She has previously worked with organisations ranging from computer security and chat startups to major consumer brands and government organisations.

Shehar Bano

Co-founder, researcher

Bano is an expert on networking and distributed systems, with a PhD from Cambridge University, and a post-doctoral researcher at UCL. She is a member of IC3, the Centre for Blockchain Technologies, and helps run the London Infosec Group. Made MIT's 2018 Innovators under 35 list.