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February 9th 2021
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- Offshift will deploy its mainnet by early Q2 2021 after rebranding.
- Users will be able to mint Bitcoin with zkERC20 standard to receive zkBTC.
Ethereum-based Offshift has announced a launch date for its mainnet. Scheduled for April this year, the platform will allow users to mint Bitcoin and other products as tokens, with privacy enhancements.
Offshift is a decentralized financial platform and private offshore storage with a dual private/public protocol. One of its most innovative features allows native ERC-20 tokens to be converted into private assets with the Zero Knowledge (zk) standard. These assets are thereby anchored to assets “in the real world.”
As the project revealed in a press release shared with CNF, Offshift will undergo a rebranding process to “improve its presence online” and on social networks. It will include a brand new whitepaper, pitch deck, and other critical documentation. The team behind Offshift announced that the rebranding will take place by the end of February 2021, and added:
However, the project’s core value proposition –to use its proprietary private derivatives platform to catalyze the development of on-chainPrivate Finance (PriFi) – will remain unchanged. The new website and publiccommunications will establish a modern, unified presence that will strengthen the Offshiftbrand, making it more professional and recognizable.
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In parallel with the rebranding of Offshift, the project will be complemented by technical developments on the Ethereum blockchain and Moonbeam. The latter is a Polkadot parachain compatible with EVM.
The team expects to create a “new era” for privacy based on blockchain technology. Offshift will allow its users to mint zkBTC, a synthetic token tied to the price of bitcoin and other zkXAU zkAssets.
These are assets based on the zkERC-20 Token Confidentiality Standard. The zkBTC and other tokens will have privacy enhancements and can be used by users and businesses to protect their data and financial information from third-party monitoring. The Offshift team said:
(…) thanks to the security provided by zero-knowledge (zk) proofs. Zk proofs allow transactionsto be independently verified without disclosing any additional data, such as the amount beingtransferred, or the identities of involved parties.