Aviachat with the CEO of Mande Network

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What is your name/username and your role within Mande?

My name is Sandeep, CEO and Co-founder of Mande Network.
At Mande, I lead ecosystem projects to ensure their success, manage team recruitment, and spearhead fundraising efforts.
Connect with me on Twitter: @TylerDurdenSer
View my LinkedIn profile: Sandeep M.

When did the idea for Mande first come about and what was the inspiration behind its creation?

The idea began in October 2020 during a trip to Dubai, where discussions with several Nigerians highlighted the challenges of blockchain adoption in Africa, such as the computational demands of Proof of Work (PoW) and asset delegation in Proof of Stake (PoS). This spurred my interest in making blockchain technology more humanised and user-friendly.
While projects like Worldcoin and Hypersign are working to humanize blockchain, we saw a unique opportunity to enhance anonymity using on-chain “credibility.” This insight led to the creation of “Proof-of-Credibility” and privacy-focused “Zk-credentials” as the core technologies of our project.

Why did you choose to build Mande on Dymension RollApps?

We considered various frameworks, from being a COSMOS SDK-based L1 to utilizing Polygon CDK or OpStack for an ETH L2 solution. Our requirement was for an EVM-compatible chain. COSMOS SDK L1s, while robust, are complex to manage and lack native EVM support, and Ethermint did not meet our maturity needs.
Although Polygon CDKs and OpStack are effective, ETH L2 solutions face significant community resistance to new concepts. After meeting with the Dymension team and being impressed by their product specifications and team synergy, we chose to launch our mainnet on Dymension.

What are some examples of on-chain credentials that users can prove using ZK proofs and how does this enhance the credibility within the Web3 ecosystem?

Users can verify their national identity on-chain using Zk-proofs. For instance, projects like “Anon Aadhar” (link) enable proof of Indian national identity on-chain. Similarly, the Reclaim Protocol (link) facilitates real-world translations like off-chain bank transfers. The potential applications of Zk-Credentials are vast.

Zk-credentials (Zero-Knowledge credentials) are a technology used in decentralized systems to enhance security and privacy during peer-to-peer (P2P) transactions.
Here’s how they work in simpler terms:

Decentralized Proving: Unlike traditional systems where a central authority verifies everyone’s identity or credentials, Zk-credentials allow this process to happen in a decentralized manner—meaning no single party controls the entire verification process. This method relies on a network of computers that work together to confirm the authenticity of transactions without needing a central overseer.

Mitigating Counterparty Risk: In P2P transactions, where two parties engage directly without intermediaries, there is a risk known as ‘counterparty risk.’ This risk refers to the possibility that one party might not fulfill their end of the bargain—either by not delivering a service or not making a payment. Zk-credentials help reduce this risk by providing a secure and verifiable way to prove that each party has the capability and intention to complete the transaction as agreed.

How It Works: When using Zk-credentials, a person can prove they have certain credentials (like their identity, the right to access a service, or the ownership of an asset) without revealing the actual information. For example, someone can prove they are over 18 years old without showing their exact age or date of birth. This is done using cryptographic techniques that validate the truthfulness of a claim without exposing the underlying data.
In essence, Zk-credentials provide a way to ensure that everyone in a transaction is trustworthy, without revealing more personal information than necessary, thus protecting privacy and reducing the likelihood of fraud in P2P transactions.

How are you protecting the credibility feature from being spammed?

Based on testnet data, we’re enhancing the mainnet with robust controls and Sybil filters. Users will need at least 100 Twitter followers to qualify for a mainnet airdrop. We’ve also refined the rewards algorithm to encourage authentic engagement within our community. Future plans include integrating Zk-National ID for added security.

What are the upcoming features or updates you can tell us about?

Our immediate goal is to engage over 1 million users with credibility scores and launch social-fi projects to boost short-term user engagement. We are also preparing to roll out testnets for P2PX.finance and Zerolend.pro on the Mande Mainnet.
Looking ahead, we plan to develop trust-gated communities and credibility-based DAO tools. Additionally, our ecosystem grants program is set to launch soon.

How do you feel after the overwhelming success of the testnet?

The success of our testnet strongly validates our project’s thesis. Additionally, we collected valuable data and user-base to create network effects that will propel mainnet growth after its launch.

Thank you for generously sharing your time and providing insightful answers. I look forward to reconnecting with you in a few months to stay updated on the progress and developments of MANDE Q3/Q4 

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