Privacy technology for blockchains
Zcash is the first open, permissionless financial system employing zero-knowledge security.
The Zcash genesis block will launch on October 28, 2016. Zcash is currently in testnet (testnet coins have no value and will never hold monetary value); our engineering roadmap is publicly available here. If anyone says that they will pay you Zcash before October 28, 2016, then there must be some mistake, because Zcash will not exist until then.
Please note, Zcash is still an experimental technology, and this is only the beginning of its (hopefully) long life. It is based on peer-reviewed cryptographic research, and built by a world-class, security-focused engineering team, but there is risk involved. We are consistently focused on building and maintaining an open, permissionless system that is viable, robust, and justifiably reliable and secure for users.