Node Application 10538737162, submitted 2019-02-19 4:56:05

Respondent Id 10538737162
Application Date 2019-02-19 4:56:05
Application Language English
Applicant City London
Applicant State/Province London
Applicant Country United Kingdom
What languages do you speak? english
What is your occupation? Chief Investment Officer
How many years experience in your field? 4-7
What is the highest degree or level of school you have completed? Master’s degree (for example: MA, MS, MEng, MEd, MSW, MBA)
Please describe your experience in the Crypto/Blockchain space, if any? Been in the space since 2013, investing, researching (am a Researcher by training, genetics) and after a year of planning launched a crypto fund early 2019. I am very hands on, having mined bitcoin (2013) and ethereum (2016), and set up nodes with tezos.
Are you an individual or a group? Group
Node City London
Node State London
Node Country United Kingdom
For which networks Have you ever operated a node? Bitcoin (BTC, BCH, etc), Ethereum (ETH, ETC, etc), Tezos
What kind of improvements would you like to see in Elixxir nodes vs. previous the previous nodes you have supported? easier to set up for non technical people - increase the networks decentralisation - less hardware requirements than eth
What are potential setbacks preventing you from operating an Elixxir node? the node will be in our office so we will not have 24 hour round the clock maintenance.
What is a reasonable maximum connection speed on which you could operate a BetaNet node in your geographic region? (Where 0 = 10 Megabits/second, and 100 = 10 Gigabits/second) 53
What is a reasonable uptime estimate you can provide for your BetaNet node? (As a percentage) 95
Please estimate the cost of electricity in the geographic area where your BetaNet node will be running. . $0.15 /kWh
On a monthly basis, how much time can you publicly commit to dedicating toward governance if you were selected as a BetaNet node operator? (Where 0 = 1 hour/month, and 100 = 20 hours/month) 28
If you were selected to run a BetaNet node, would it run on your own hardware or be deployed to cloud-based servers? Hardware
In what type of environment would this server be located? Office
Do you have past experience deploying hardware servers in a datacenter? No
Do you already own sufficient hardware to meet the published Elixxir BetaNet node specifications? No
Yes (Please list specs)
Do you have hardware you would like to use but does not meet the stated BetaNet node specs? If so, please provide specs on that hardware below: no
Do you have past experience deploying servers to cloud-based services? No
Yes (please specify)
Why do you want to be a node? I would like to get hand on with this up and coming technology. As a crypto fund, we would like to "try before we buy" so to speak.
How did you originally hear about Elixxir? Word of Mouth
Which current Elixxir communities are you a member of? Telegram, Reddit, Medium
Are you an active member of those communities? No
What specifically, interests you about the Elixxir platform? solving scalable medium of exchange
Outside of Elixxir communities, are you an active participant in other node or developer community groups? If so, which ones? Tezos - our colleague, Juraj Selep, has developed the "simple staking" app for the tezos community
Have you ever attended a blockchain conference? If so, which one(s)? just got back from aracon, been to plenty in london, attendung ethCC next month
As part of growing the Elixxir community, are you willing to create content as part of operating an Elixxir BetaNet node? Examples would be node setup & on-boarding review vlog post, bi-weekly twitter update, medium review of on-going node operational process, etc. Yes (how much content on a monthly basis?)
If yes, how much content on a monthly basis? 1 post on medium
What is the difference between decentralized networks and distributed networks, and where on the decentralization spectrum do you sit? decentralised are homogeneous in edges between nodes, where as distributed networks have some hubs. The latter helps with governance, i probably lean to the latter, as beside governance, there are efficiency gains. i.e. only decentralise as much as is absolutely necessary otherwise additional costs are put on to the end user.
As best as you can given currently available information, please describe the value proposition of the Elixxir platform and how it differs from other current blockchain solutions. its a fast and scalable private payments network, it takes power away from node operators, and it has an interesting adoption angle (private messaging)
Privacy by Default is a goal of the Elixxir Platform. In your opinion, why is Privacy by Default critical for the future of the internet? fungibility, censorship resistance. privacy a right not a privileged!
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