Hedera Hashgraph set to open mainnet platform to general public

Hedera Hashgraph, the enterprise-focused blockchain platform, is getting ready to open its mainnet beta to the general public through an event called Open Access, the firm announced Thursday.

Starting Sept. 16, any developer can create an account and begin building dApps on Hedera's platform. Hedera will also begin its 15-year distribution schedule of its native HBAR tokens to investors in its $124 million initial SAFT token offering.

“With Open Access, we are excited to welcome any and all to join the hundreds of third-party developers already building decentralized applications on our platform,” said Mance Harmon, Co-Founder and CEO of Hedera Hashgraph. At launch, Hedera will offer three services: a cryptocurrency, smart contracts, and a file service. 

Hedera's announcement comes two months after the ouster of its President, Tom Trowbridge. As Harmon told The Block, Trowbridge left the firm after Hedera made "two major hires" which made his role redundant.