A blockchain for decentralized apps beyond blockchains

We are building a clean-slate L1 to expand the Web3 vision of a decentralized, secure, and private internet beyond blockchains.

Learn more about our vision — a vibrant ecosystem of full-stack decentralized apps freed from the current on-chain smart contract model, yet still ultimately secured by blockchain consensus.

Our betanet is out, so you can start running nodes and developing protocols.

Also check out the pre-alpha of Earendil, a Mel-secured anonymous communication network and first of its kind to resist ISP-level censorship.

And join our growing community:

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Why Mel?

Powering post-blockchain decentralization.

Today, the "decentralized web" is limited to blockchain smart contracts. Real apps running on your device — even Web3 frontends — still suffer under Web2's centralization and insecurity.

Mel enables a new paradigm: off-chain composability. Here, "Web3 protocol" and "dApp" aren't fancy names for smart contracts loosely taped onto a Web2 frontend.

Instead, they're next-generation network protocols and apps, none of which run on a blockchain, yet interacting with minimal on-chain code to achieve censorship resistance, radical decentralization, and user-aligned incentives.

Our off-chain composable vision

Universal, composable, and robustly neutral.

Conventional blockchains serve intricate smart contract ecosystems. This means complex protocols, messy governance, and unwieldy clients — bad news for composability between on-chain and off-chain.

Mel turns this model upside-down. Everything is designed for easy access not by smart contracts, but by regular non-blockchain programs. Trustless light clients easily power everything from naming systems to data storage networks.

And we get an elegant, minimal blockchain that distills blockchains' incentive-based trust: an immutable, credibly neutral, "code-is-law" engine that liberates us from contentious human governance.

How composability synergizes with neutrality

The first zero-trust, low-volatility currency.

The world we are building needs a new kind of money. Neither volatile cryptocurrencies nor oracle-backed fiat stablecoins point to our monetary future.

MEL is the first ever cryptocurrency that's both stable and trustless. Protocol-internal mechanisms dampen its value against computation time without any oracles.

A truly decentralized unit of account changes everything from payments to incentive design.

How we finally get "sound money"

A new frontier of unstoppable protocols

We are building an ecosystem of basic off-chain decentralized protocols with security and resilience backed by the Mel betanet.

The most important piece of the stack — Earendil, the world's first decentralized anonymous communication and payment network designed to resist ISP-level censorship and metadata collection.

Earendil will power a new generation of autonomous applications and peer-to-peer protocols, providing them with unstoppable data transport and programmable off-chain micropayments.

Learn more about Earendil