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Mintlayer is a layer 2 solution that allows users to build a decentralized finance ecosystem rooted in the established network of the Bitcoin blockchain opening Bitcoin to DeFi, smart contracts, atomic swaps, NFTs, and dapps. A future-proof blockchain that improves direct token interoperability and enables ways to trade value, create systems, functionalities, and participate in truly trustless finance.
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About Mintlayer

Mintlayer is a protocol focused on developing a decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem that leverages the Bitcoin and Lightning Network.

The company's vision is to develop a platform to deploy smart contracts on the BTC blockchain, which will eventually give rise to a decentralized exchange (DEX). Mintlayer is opening up new ways for the DeFi sector to integrate with Bitcoin to enable real-world financial use cases on the Bitcoin blockchain.

The protocol helps lay the groundwork for giving developers the tools to build financial instruments on Bitcoin. Their goal is to empower an entire ecosystem of builders via their Ecosystem fund that provides incubator, accelerator, and grant programs. The ecosystem fund helps developers from early and developed projects to integrate and build on the Mintlayer protocol.

We leverage technologically advanced scalability to enforce network & user security, increase node inclusivity, and ensure long-term sustainability.

As our ancestors minted assets from metals to coins during the ancient times — so can you. As the inspirational minds created the radio, the TV, the MacBook, the touchscreen, the digital banking system for the first time — so can you. Layered on Bitcoin.

We don’t commit to changing the world. But we commit to building a ground for others to build upon. For the creative to find new, less costly ways of operation, for innovators to develop the tools that replace previous inefficiencies, and for the community to grow, and grow together, in a future where finance is open for all. Because the next big thing is the one that allows the development of the future.


Atomic Swaps
While other projects are trying to enable DeFi on Bitcoin, Mintlayer is the only protocol that enables direct 1:1 swap of Native Bitcoin for other tokenized assets Minted directly on Mintlayer. With these atomic swaps on Mintlayer, there are no intermediaries, peg-in, wrapped, or federated tokens. No other project has approached asset swaps in this manner, and it enables users to use native Bitcoin for financial instruments without counterparty or intermediary risk.    
Mintlayer has eased the process of running a node so resource efficient that almost anyone with a typical desktop computer can run a node. This makes it easier for more users to run a node and helps to create a more decentralized network.  
Privacy has been at the forefront of development at Mintlayer, which is creating a new tokenization standard called MLS-02. These “privacy enabled” tokens will increase privacy by allowing users of MLS-02 tokens to make confidential transactions and increase anonymity.     
Mintlayer solves blockchain scalability by shrinking the transaction size by about 70%. On top of this, Mintlayer also utilizes the Lightning Network for near-instant and low-cost transactions with high throughput. 

Additional Features: 

  • Unlike Ethereum, users can choose any token to pay transaction fees.
  • With Turing incomplete smart contracts, Mintlayer reduces the risk of contract failure and increases outcome predictability. This feature also reduces on-chain congestion.
  • It has an access control list or Access control list (ACL) for improved compliance with security tokens such as whitelisting/blacklisting addresses and such functionalities.
  • With multi-token transfers in a single transaction, Mintlayer makes aggregated payments a reality.
  • By integrating the Lightning Network, Mintlayer users will enjoy high transactions per second to enable fast transactions.
  • This project also has programmable pools for efficient tokenomics and evading Unspent Transaction Output (UTXO) pollution.

Technical Info

Mintlayer has chosen to lean on various technical architectures to accomplish our goals; we utilize UTXOs, ACLs, Lightning Network, P2P batching, and Atomic swaps.

Enhanced decentralization with inclusive P2P network and DEX

  • Engineered for anyone to run a node with low hardware requirements.
  • Each node communicates with peers to perform atomic swap transactions enabling a fully decentralized exchange (DEX)

The unspent Transaction Output (UTXO) based model allows for enhanced privacy.

  • UTXO methodology allows multiple receiving addresses for each wallet and supports batching and conjoining procedures.

Reducing User Frictions

  • High throughput (TPS), low fees, and fast transactions reduce friction.
  • Transaction fees can be paid in any token accepted by the blocksigner.
  • Access control list (ACL) allows better security token compliance, including whitelisting addresses, blacklisting addresses, enforcing conditions on the amount transferred, and more.
  • Programmable pools avoid UTXO pollution and allow efficient token economics, including but not limited to dividend payout or transaction taxing for specific security tokens.

Increased Token Interoperability

  • Aggregated payments and support for multi-token transfers within a single transaction.
    Token porting from other networks.
  • Two-way pegging allows for wrapped tokens from other blockchains.
    Cross-chain Atomic swaps with BTC 

Delivering scalability

  • Transactions in the network are aggregated to shrink transaction size using signature aggregation.
    Built to utilize the Lightning Network.
  • Turing Incomplete Smart Contracts (Non-Turing Complete) increase security.

Providing security

  • Non-Turing Complete smart contracts increase outcome predictability and reduce contract failure risk.

Mintlayer Roadmap

  • 2021

  • Q1
    - Mintlayer DSA and DEX prototyping

    - Implementation of UTXO and BLS on Substrate

    - Testnet fullnode with basic PoS consensus

    - Launch of “Von Neumann” Testnet
  • 2022

  • Q1
    - New node codebase off Substrate started

    - Mobile wallet beta version (Bitcoin enabled)

    - Mobile wallet support for Bitcoin Lightning Network

    - Library for the node database
  • 2023

  • Q1
    - Token Generation Event

    - Launch of “Lovelace“ testnet

    - Fullnode release candidate for Linux, Windows, Mac

    - MLS-01 and MLS-03 standards in testnet

    - Mainnet launch

    - DSA Consensus System v.0

    - Wallet integration of ML and MLS tokens

    - Basic Atomic Swap system
  • 2024 and beyond

  • - Free gas market for transactions

    - WebAssembly Programmable Pools

    - Access Control List for MLS-01

    - Atomic Swap DEX with Distributed Hash Table

    - Lightning Network Integration

    - MLS-02 Confidential Transactions

Mintlayer Team

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Christopher Luu
Marketing Manager
Sam Patton
Chief Marketing Officer
Enrico Rubboli
Daniele Magiera
Web Development

Mintlayer Interviews

Christopher Luu
As a team member, сan you tell us about your role in the ICO project?
As Marketing Manager at Mintlayer, I am very excited to participate in the journey to discover what is possible on Bitcoin.
What do you think about idea?
The idea of bringing smart contracts and DeFi to Bitcoin is genuinely revolutionary. We hope to provide developers and projects with the tools to build on Bitcoin. We want to enable others to discover the outer bounds of possibilities for Bitcoin.
Sam Patton
As a team member, сan you tell us about your role in the ICO project?
Chief Marketing Officer
What do you think about idea?
Mintlayer enables DeFi for the Lightning Network and Bitcoin.
Enrico Rubboli
As a team member, сan you tell us about your role in the ICO project?
I'm responsible for leading and overseeing the operations and making strategic decisions. RBB is the company building the project, and as the CEO, I manage employees, ensure compliance with regulations, and create a positive company culture.
What do you think about idea?
Mintlayer leverages the power and security of Bitcoin's network to create an innovative platform that enables individuals and businesses to participate in the free and open exchange of assets with unparalleled integrity and security.

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