Pavel Valerievich Durov (born in 1984) is a Russian entrepreneur best known as the founder of the VK social network and the Telegram Messenger. To the crypto community, Durov is known for his efforts aimed at creating the Telegram Open Network (TON).
The TON is supposed to operate as a blockchain-powered platform combining the features of a payment system, communication platform, smart contracts and dApps system resistant to the scalability-related challenges. The latter is to be achieved by developing multi-blockchain architecture that supports streamlined creation of new chains and instantaneous transactions in the capacity of thousands per second. The long delayed launch of the platform is planned for 2019.