Dock was established in 2017 with a mission to solve the problems that plague existing data solutions, including major data silos and gatekeepers, untrusted and inaccurate information, incompatibilities across platforms, inefficiencies with verifying data, and lack of control and privacy for users.
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The company is led by a group of founders and industry veterans. Nick Lambert, CEO, has been working in the blockchain space since 2011 previously as COO of MaidSafe. Elina Cadouri, COO, is one of Dock’s founders and has built a career in data network startups. Lead developer, Lovesh Harchandani, is an expert in DID and verifiable credentials, previously working at Evernym, where he contributed significant code to Hyperledger Indy, Hyperledger Ursa, and Sovrin.
Together, this dedicated team has developed the Dock network, a platform specifically designed to enable organizations to create universally verifiable digital credentials that utilize their decentralized network for maximum security at a minimal cost. The Dock network removes the need for manual verification for digital credentials, making them cryptographically verifiable without reliance on third parties. Even if the issuer of a credential ceases to exist, the credential will still be valid.
With the launch of its upcoming mainnet, Dock will enable developers to build applications for issuing credentials on behalf of issuers, such as universities, government organizations, and companies, to issue cryptographically secured and individually-owned credentials that will be verifiable throughout their lifetime.
The launch of Dock’s mainnet marks a major milestone in the company’s roadmap, which they have been delivering on at a rapid pace. The mainnet is comprised of 10 independent validators operating a Proof-of-Authority consensus blockchain, providing a decentralized network to secure the credentials issued via Dock. In addition to the mainnet release, the Dock has also launched a number of features this year as part of their SDK and infrastructure which is all available open-sourced. These features include decentralized identities (DIDs) to authenticate credentials, support for schemas, and enhanced interoperability with applications using W3C standards. In addition, this year Dock will also be launching blockchain anchoring for credentials and claims deduction, as well as will be migrating its existing ERC20 token to their native mainnet token.