Launched on 01/09/2019 by a team based in the United States, MASS is a basic infrastructure layer that is capable of providing consensus services across any number of public chains. In order to create a sustainable and strong Layer 0, the MASS consensus engine uses Proof-of-Capacity consensus protocol. Proof-of-Capacity establishes a consensus layer that is permissionless, fair, energy-efficient, secure, and universal — ensuring the fundamental security of the public chain. Participants just need to have access to storage space (such as hard drive space on a basic laptop.) MASS is a hard drive mining project without fund raising in any form, no premine, no founder rewards.