The Athero platform structure is a decentralized and economically sustainable public compute infrastructure that is focused on growth and prosperity. Athero is a platform designed to improve commerce by combining the Internet of Things and the blockchain technology. Athero incorporates a distributed operating system with an open blockchain, using virtual business to business networks and a consensus algorithm to realize better offline solutions for information flow and product sourcing needs. While the Athero design is inspired by that of earlier blockchains, it also realizes decades of research across the fields of concurrent and distributed computation, mathematics, and programming language design. The platform includes a modular, end-to-end design that commits to correct-by-construction software and industrial extensibility. Simply put, Athero is a highly profitable, global cryptocurrency ecosystem that doesn’t rely on banks or any other financial institution. Athero is a new blockchain protocol being developed and specifically designed and optimized for business and marketplace applications. The protocol will consist of a blockchain based “virtual machine” and defined modules of middleware software stacks, which operate outside the chain. It will support decentralized processes governed by smart contractsimplemented on the network.