Meet Aleph Zero

Public blockchain with private smart contracts

Aleph Zero is a peer-reviewed DAG platform that’s scalable, fast, and developer-friendly.

It’s a Proof-of-Stake public blockchain with private smart contracts built by a world-class team that aims to reach mass adoption of Distributed Ledger Technology.

Core Features

That's
why it works

SCALABILITY

Aleph Zero achieves 100,000 TPS in a fully decentralized system. We’re running the tests with Amazon Web Services on 128 nodes across 5 continents.

DECENTRALIZED

Aleph Zero is a first decentralized Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG) with a large, rotating, random committee.

PRIVATE SMART CONTRACTS

Customize functionality for automation and programmable, private contracts.

FREE VALUE TRANSFER TRANSACTIONS

Simple value transfers are, and always will be, free.

DEX & DECENTRALIZED DARK POOL

Common is the first product we’re building on top of Aleph Zero. It’s a Decentralized Exchange and a Decentralized Dark Pool — first of its kind.

HUB AND SPOKE OPERATIONS MODEL

Easily sync your application to Aleph Zero’s ledger.

FILE STORAGE

Application Programming Interface (API) hooks that allow for a seamless integration into InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) as well as proprietary data solutions.

Aleph Zero Ecosystem

Building a new world

Aleph Zero ecosystem consists not only of the consensus but is also capable of synchronizing with other blockchains and running smart contracts, as well as a truly trustless universal wallet — which we call Common.

Aleph Zero is an ecosystem that consists of:

  • Consensus

    A peer-reviewed, DAG-based protocol

  • Cloud

    Decentralized file storage / IPFS

  • Private Smart Contracts

    Scalable, self-executing, private smart contracts

  • Common

    Decentralized Exchange (DEX) and a Decentralized Dark Pool

  • Oracle

    Information bridge between the external world and the Aleph Zero ecosystem

Project Roadmap

Our Journey

Research

Development

  • 2018 | Q1

    • Team building
    • Every resource pushed towards research
    • Building the development team for Python and Go language
  • 2018 | Q2

    • First iteration of a DAG-based Asynchronous Byzantine Fault Tolerant (aBFT) consensus protocol
    • Every resource pushed towards research
    • Building the development team for Python and Go language
  • 2018 | Q3

    • Finalizing proof of security and liveness under asynchronicity conditions
    • Aleph Consensus 1.5 — enabling the production of proofs for outside users, ensuring that a given transaction is validated
    • Every resource pushed towards research
    • Building the development team for Python and Go language
  • 2018 | Q4

    • Commencing research on smart contracts
    • Aleph Governance 1.0 — a basic protocol for committee swaps
    • Python implementation of Aleph Consensus 1.0
  • 2019 | Q1

    • Aleph Consensus 2.5 — switching from gossip to reliable broadcast (RBC) to improve latency
    • Aleph Beacon 1.0 — the first aBFT randomness beacon with trustless setup
    • Aleph Smart Contracts 1.0
    • First tests and experiments on Aleph Consensus 1.0 in Python
    • Tuning hyperparameters and identifying bottlenecks
  • 2019 | Q2

    • Aleph Governance 1.5 — adding hot-seat governance model
    • Aleph Smart Contracts 1.5 — off-chain computed smart contracts with Truebit-like disputes on Aleph platform
    • Aleph Common 1.0 — the first iteration of a trustless, universal wallet and a decentralized exchange (DEX)
    • Pre-alfa implementation in Go language of Aleph Consensus 1.0
    • Comparing results of Go implementation and Python implementation
  • 2019 | Q3

    • Aleph Common 1.5 — research ongoing
    • Aleph Cloud 1.0 — IPFS on Aleph chain
    • Aleph Consensus 3.0 — switching from reliable broadcast to normal broadcast with a fall-back to gossip to further improve latency
    • Go implementation of Aleph Consensus 3.0
    • Go implementation of Aleph Beacon 1.0
  • 2019 | Q4

    • Aleph Governance 2.0 — proof of proof of stake as a protection against long-range-attacks
    • Aleph Common 2.0 — adding anonymity and privacy
    • Aleph Zero Alfa Testnet — Consensus 3.0 and Beacon 1.0
  • 2020 | Q1

    • Aleph Smart Contracts 2.0 — enabling Aleph contracts to act as single actors with hidden private keys enabling to sign messages
    • Aleph Beta Testnet launch — Consensus 3.0, Beacon 1.0, and Governance 2.0
  • 2020 | Q2

    • Aleph Oracle 1.0 — oracle system for off-chain data
    • Aleph Mainnet launch
    • Aleph Common 2.0 — closed beta
  • 2020 | Q3

    • Aleph Smart Contracts 2.5 — improving privacy
    • Smart Contracts 2.0 — open alpha
    • Aleph Common 2.0 — open to public
  • 2020 | Q4

    • Aleph Cloud 2.0
    • Smart Contracts 2.5 available on the mainnet
    • Aleph Oracle 1.0
Why we are building Aleph Zero

To solve unsolvable

  • The Security Challenge

    Distributed Ledger Technologies are considered immune to any attacks thanks to their decentralization. But in many cases, they don’t provide theoretical security guarantees which makes them less practical to use long-term.

    Aleph Zero provides both practical and theoretical security guarantees.

  • The Scalability Challenge

    As known research points, there is a trade-off between security and speed in every blockchain. When operating on a high scale, to maintain security, most blockchains are bound to low transaction speeds.

    Aleph Zero is both secure and blazingly fast when operating on a high scale.

  • The Cost Challenge

    Blockchains that are based on Proof-of-Work protocols are highly inefficient at scale. Mining requires high computing power which contributes to high energy consumption. This is only to run the network.

    Aleph Zero is mining-free.

  • The Speed Challenge

    The point of Proof-of-Work protocol is to slow the network down. Many blockchains, in order to improve speed and scalability, are sacrificing the decentralization and security. You either send your assets securely and wait for even 40 minutes or risk.

    Aleph Zero performs transactions in seconds.

How Will You Use Aleph

Drive the tech revolution

Aleph Zero solves all the industry challenges.
You, the community, can focus on the applications now.

What will you revolutionize?
Meet us

#teamalephzero

Our team consists of 20 people, including 5 math and computer science PhD’s. The list of our previous accomplishments includes ACM ICPC World Finals, first prize in International Mathematics Competition, and Simons-Berkeley Research Fellowship.

Business experience: IBM, ABB, Stellar, Codewise, Capgemini, ING Bank, Admind Agency, TIBCO Software, and Riverbed Technology.

Matthew Niemerg, Ph.D.
Co-Founder, CEO
Johan Bratt
Co-Founder, CIO
Adam Gagol, Ph.D.
Co-Founder, CTO
Antoni Zolciak
Co-Founder, COO
Michal Swietek, Ph.D.
Co-Founder, CPO
Birk Thisted
Co-Founder, Business Designer
Pascal Schmidt
Board Member
Damian Straszak, Ph.D.
Senior Developer
Maciej Gawron, Ph.D.
Senior Developer
Michal Handzlik
Senior Developer
Damian Lesniak
Ph.D. Candidate, Researcher
Tomasz Kisielewski
Senior Developer
Lukasz Lachowski
Senior Developer
Mateusz Gorecki
Creative Director
Agata Wiech
Employer Branding Manager
Mateusz Raczynski
Content Manager
Max Torres
Finance Director
Matthew Niemerg, Ph.D.
Johan Bratt
Adam Gagol, Ph.D.
Antoni Zolciak
Michal Swietek, Ph.D.
Birk Thisted
Pascal Schmidt
Damian Straszak, Ph.D.
Maciej Gawron, Ph.D.
Michal Handzlik
Damian Lesniak
Tomasz Kisielewski
Lukasz Lachowski
Mateusz Gorecki
Agata Wiech
Mateusz Raczynski
Max Torres
Matthew Niemerg, Ph.D.
CORE

Matthew Niemerg, Ph.D.

Co-Founder, CEO

Earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics in the field of Numerical Algebraic Geometry from Colorado State University. A Simons-Berkeley Fellow and also an IBM Center of Excellence Fellow in High Performance Computing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Has been actively involved in the DLT space since 2014. Has provided consultation to numerous projects related to security and consensus models, cryptographic schemes, as well as applying sound business and technological models for projects in the DLT space.

Johan Bratt
CORE

Johan Bratt

Co-Founder, CIO

Studied Computer Engineering at the Chalmers University of Technology, where he also served as a board member of the Chalmers Computer Club. Studied Network Engineering at Mälardalen University with a focus on tier 1 networks. Involved in the blockchain space since 2014. Developed a variety of novel ideas connected to the DLT industry. Worked as a computer and network engineer with Internet Service Providers and hosting companies for over 10 years. Highly skilled in Project Management.

Adam Gagol, Ph.D.
CORE

Adam Gagol, Ph.D.

Co-Founder, CTO

Received Ph.D. in mathematics for his work on applications of probabilistic method in combinatorics. During his doctoral studies, he was a beneficent of a SET project for interdisciplinary research and SSDNM fellowship for mathematical sciences. While his main domain is combinatorics, he is open to new technologies and has 4 years of experience in data science and machine learning applied in neuroscience research. He has been working as a freelance consultant in various areas spanning from mathematical modeling to deep learning.

Antoni Zolciak
CORE

Antoni Zolciak

Co-Founder, COO

Technology marketer with 10 years of professional experience. Involved in various public relations and content creation projects for ING, Samsung, Sony, Olympus, and Nikon. Antoni gained experience at the Corporate Communications department of ABB in Zurich while employed at Admind Agency. Before joining In’saneLab as VP of Marketing, he worked as an inbound marketer for Brand24 and Codewise, the 2nd-fastest growing company in Europe according to The Financial Times, Now, he spends all of his time working for Aleph Zero.

Michal Swietek, Ph.D.
CORE

Michal Swietek, Ph.D.

Co-Founder, CPO

Received Ph. D. in Pure Mathematics for his work in the field of Infinite-Dimensional Geometry of Banach spaces and a Bachelor of Computer Science—both at Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Has been focused on applying his skills in new technologies such as Deep Reinforcement Learning, Machine Learning, and Neuroscience. Now, he is fully focused on Distributed Ledger Technologies that combine Mathematics and Computer Science in a new way. Fascinated by the vast possibilities and potential impact of this emerging field.

Birk Thisted
CORE

Birk Thisted

Co-Founder, Business Designer

Studied at Aalborg University in Denmark, with masters focused on Design Thinking and Best Practice Design within the Internet of Things. Actively involved in the DLT domain since early 2017, with hands-on experience in IT administration and Project Management for large Danish academical institutions. Run a usability lab for the University of Copenhagen.

Pascal Schmidt
CORE

Pascal Schmidt

Board Member

A Swiss national with 10+ years spent working with firms such as Credit Suisse, LeasePlan, Steiner AG, and Calltrade among others. He is an experienced C-level executive with finance and economics expertise, fintech and DLT included. Helps to establish a long-term asset management and investment plan for Aleph Zero.

Damian Straszak, Ph.D.
DEVELOPMENT

Damian Straszak, Ph.D.

Senior Developer

Obtained a double major Master’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Wrocław. Recently defended his Ph.D. thesis in Computer Science at École Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). The main topics in his research are discrete optimization problems and convex programming. For more than 15 years Damian has been active in the competitive programming scene. In 2013 and 2014 advanced to ACM ICPC World Finals — the World’s most prestigious programming competition — first as a participant and then as a team coach. Involved in organization of several large programming competitions.

Maciej Gawron, Ph.D.
DEVELOPMENT

Maciej Gawron, Ph.D.

Senior Developer

Pure Mathematics Ph.D. (2016) and Computer Science M.Sc. (2014) obtained at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Received numerous mathematical awards and honours, such us the Paul Bruckman Prize for the best lecture at the 17th Fibonacci Conference and the first prize in International Mathematics Competition in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. In 2018 achieved 1st place at the Benelux Algorithm Programming Contest. Two-times finalist of the Algorithmic Engagements (2015, 2016). Top 5% in TopCoder and top 1% in CodeForces rankings. Joined Aleph after working at Booking.com.

Michal Handzlik
DEVELOPMENT

Michal Handzlik

Senior Developer

Graduated from Jagiellonian University in Krakow with MSc in Theoretical Computer Science and BSc in Theoretical Chemistry. Worked as a researcher at several European universities (Jagiellonian University, VU University Amsterdam, Leipzig University) investigating a wide array of topics: category theory, formal languages theory, graph theory, computational quantum physics, and quantum molecular modeling. Over the last few years, he has been involved in the design and development of commercial software for high performance scientific computing.

Damian Lesniak
RESEARCH

Damian Lesniak

Ph.D. Candidate, Researcher

Graduated from Jagiellonian University in Krakow with MSc in Theoretical Mathematics. A Ph.D. candidate in Machine Learning. Holds a heavy interest in technology-based drug design. Thinks that the emerging technologies—especially Machine Learning and Distributed Ledger Technologies—will influence the society the most in the near future.

Tomasz Kisielewski
DEVELOPMENT

Tomasz Kisielewski

Senior Developer

Achieved an MSc in mathematics and a BSc in computer science at Jagiellonian University in Kraków. Fascinated by artificial intelligence, machine learning, and formal reasoning. Jumped at a chance to work with modern and innovative technologies at Aleph to hone his mathematics and programming skills.

Lukasz Lachowski
DEVELOPMENT

Lukasz Lachowski

Senior Developer

Graduated from Jagiellonian University in Kraków with MSc in Computer Science. Currently, a Ph.D. candidate in Theoretical Computer Science in the field of computational logic and asymptotic properties of lambda calculus. Worked both as a software engineer and researcher at several big IT companies like IBM, ABB, and SolarWinds. Interest in Distributed Ledger Technologies emerged as a result of recent research in the field of the distributed consensus and thanks to the teaching of t he Distributed Systems class at the Jagiellonian University.

Mateusz Gorecki
MARKETING

Mateusz Gorecki

Creative Director

Marketing expert based in Poland, with over 15 years’ experience in design and nearly 10 years’ experience in creative direction and team management roles. During his career he overseen integrated marketing campaigns across emerging channels (print, digital, social media) and was leading rebranding and design efforts for large-scale, corporate identity systems. Most recently Creative Marketing Director at Codewise – provider of AI-powered online ad measurement and management solutions for digital marketers.

Agata Wiech
MARKETING

Agata Wiech

Employer Branding Manager

Worked as a head of the production and manager at event agencies in Warsaw. Collaborated with such brands as McDonald’s, Jacobs, and Google. Involved in several NGO projects. Handles even the most difficult situations with calmness. A sense of humor, smile, and self-control are the most important things in her work. Graduated from the University of Silesia, Film Production Organization.

Mateusz Raczynski
MARKETING

Mateusz Raczynski

Content Manager

Marketer with over 6 years of experience in social media and content marketing. Graduated from AGH University of Science and Technology. Has been involved in projects varying from the automotive industry to branding, recruitment, and tech. Helped to build one of the biggest automotive communities and YouTube channels in Poland. Was a part of Admind, a branding agency working closely with ABB, as well as worked as a Content Product Manager in Codewise, and as a Marketing Manager in one of the fastest growing tech recruitment companies in Norway.

Max Torres

Max Torres

Finance Director

Max has 8 years of financial planning and analysis experience at various Tech companies in Silicon Valley. He has managed $800M+ in revenue and 500+ HC budgets while working closely with all levels of the organization. He is an extroverted Finance professional that is passionate about Tech and it’s positive impact to people’s lives. At Aleph, he is our in-house crypto market expert bringing into context the high-level market trends but also managing the day to day financial operations and investor relations.

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