Algorand is a proof-of-stake (PoS) blockchain that supports smart contracts. Its protocol uses Pure PoS, through which users are selected on a random and secret basis to propose blocks and vote on proposals. In that way, the blockchain ensures that each user’s influence on the choice of a new block is proportional to the user’s stake in the system. Founded by MIT professor and Turing Award recipient Silvio Micali in June 2019, Algorand is designed as a scalable and secure blockchain free of potential governance issues such as forks. The network’s Algorand 2.0 update, released in late 2019, adds decentralized finance (DeFi) features and smart contracts. CoinDesk also provides a suite of institutional-grade price indexes. Find out more about them here.