Canto is a permissionless general-purpose blockchain running the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM). It was built to deliver on the promise of DeFi – that through a post-traditional financial movement, new systems will be made accessible, transparent, decentralized, and free.

Canto’s goal is to become the best execution layer for original work.

Canto accomplishes this in three ways:

Liquidity as a Free Public Good:
Zero fees for Liquidity Providers (LPs). Canto makes liquidity free for protocols, arbitrageurs and traders.

Rent Extraction Resistant:
Canto aims to establish Free Public Infrastructure. Core DeFi primitives will not have sovereign governance tokens, nor the capacity to extract rent in the future.

Minimal Viable User Capture:
Where possible, Canto avoids interface-driven user ownership. Public infrastructure DEXes will have no swapping interface, so all users must trade on third-party aggregators. This will facilitate user acquisition for new protocols.
Canto has a unique approach to decentralization. It aims to support free public infrastructure with no centralized incentives. There is no official foundation. There was no presale of tokens. There is no vesting of tokens. There are no venture backers. Free public infrastructure is the core of its values and mission.