About Horizen

Horizen mission

Horizen mission

Building a fair and inclusive ecosystem where everyone is empowered and rewarded for their contributions.

Horizen’s massively scalable platform enables businesses and developers to quickly and affordably create their own public or private blockchains on the largest node network in the industry. Horizen’s Sidechain SDK provides all necessary components for easy and fast deployment of a fully customizable blockchain.

Our Philosophy



A decentralized governance model with no central authority or single point of failure

Community Driven

Community Driven

Bringing the world together through inclusion and empowerment

Sustainable Economics

Sustainable Economics

Changing the world through technology and economic incentives

R&D Focus

R&D Focus

Multiple active R&D projects in the pipeline with many more planned

Sustainable Ecosystem

At Horizen, we seek to empower people and bring the world together through technology and economic incentives to generate a robust and sustainable ecosystem.
Sustainable Ecosystem

Products & Services

The Horizen Architecture

dApps, Products & Services

Bringing blockchain benefits to life through real-world utility

Technology Platform

Scalable sidechain solutions with an open-sourced Software Development Kit (SDK)

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A powerful foundation supported by the largest and most distributed multi-tiered node network in the industry

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Cryptocurrency with an optional privacy feature that allows you to take control of your digital footprint

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Horizen Architecture

Our Technology


Equipped with zk-SNARK privacy technology and a decentralized multi-tiered node architecture


ZEN is the first cryptocurrency with full end-to-end encryption to protect internode communication


Built on the largest and most distributed node systems on the market


The decoupled sidechain model will enable customizable logic and multiple programming languages

Research & Development Focus

We consider it a priority to contribute to the broader blockchain ecosystem and body of knowledge, so we have multiple active R&D projects in the pipeline with many more planned:
Decentralized Autonomous Organization Treasury Study
Decentralized Autonomous Organization Treasury Study
Scalability Study
Scalability Study
Network Stack Anonymization
Network Stack Anonymization

Transparency and Fairness

Our goal is to decentralize decision-making for resource allocation and technical or other substantive changes to the system.

The Horizen Improvement Proposal System (ZenIP) standardizes the process of suggesting major changes to the Horizen codebase and processes around the protocol. This is a key element of transparent, collaborative, and stable governance. Bringing other organizations into our ecosystem, extend decision-making authority to collaborative processes, like ZenIPs, and ultimately to implement a democratic system where every ZEN holder is a voter.


At Horizen, we believe in and practice Responsible Privacy™

  1. Responsible Privacy™ means we offer you a choice of the privacy you would like to exercise in your activities connected to the Horizen platform. You can choose complete privacy for things like payments to friends and family. Or you can share your information with only certain people, like financial information for a mortgage. You can even let your data be public for things like yearly charitable donations.
  2. We believe everyone has the right to privacy. That’s why we educate about and provide access to privacy. The more that people understand and value privacy, the more it will be properly used and respected.
  3. We don’t condone or encourage criminal activity on our platform and believe privacy is an individual choice that should be used for the good and improvement of society and not for activities that could cause harm.
  4. Private means private. Horizen does not have access to any identifying information when shielded addresses are used.

A team you can believe in

A community where you belong