Node Application 10541072128, submitted 2019-02-19 20:16:33

Respondent Id 10541072128
Application Date 2019-02-19 20:16:33
Application Language English
Applicant City Kansas City
Applicant State/Province Missouri
Applicant Country United States
What languages do you speak? english
What is your occupation? Software Development
How many years experience in your field? 8-15
What is the highest degree or level of school you have completed? None (Self-Taught)
Please describe your experience in the Crypto/Blockchain space, if any? I am CEO and founder of [a] Techstars funded blockchain development platform that makes it easy to launch and operate blockchain networks, develop decentralized applications and deliver compelling experiences. We've launched some of the most successful ICOs on our platform, have developed a unique digital securities platform and have even used our technology to launch and deploy crypto casinos, event ticketing systems and other dapps.
Are you an individual or a group? Group
Node City Los Angeles
Node State California
Node Country United States
For which networks Have you ever operated a node? EOS, Bitcoin (BTC, BCH, etc), Ethereum (ETH, ETC, etc)
What kind of improvements would you like to see in Elixxir nodes vs. previous the previous nodes you have supported? Better streaming APIs, query support, etc to facilitate dapp development.
What are potential setbacks preventing you from operating an Elixxir node? None that I'm aware of.
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) 64
What is a reasonable uptime estimate you can provide for your BetaNet node? (As a percentage) 99
Please estimate the cost of electricity in the geographic area where your BetaNet node will be running. . 18.0 cents per kilowatt hour
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) 48
If you were selected to run a BetaNet node, would it run on your own hardware or be deployed to cloud-based servers? Both
In what type of environment would this server be located? Datacenter
Do you have past experience deploying hardware servers in a datacenter? Yes (please describe)
Do you already own sufficient hardware to meet the published Elixxir BetaNet node specifications? Yes (Please list specs)
Yes (Please list specs) Dual xeon E5-2687W, 256GB ram, Nvidida Geforce RTX 2080 ti
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: N/A.
Do you have past experience deploying servers to cloud-based services? Yes (please specify)
Yes (please specify) I've worked with Amazon, Azure and Google Cloud for many years as CTO of several tech startups.
Why do you want to be a node? I want to support Elixxir natively as part of Hanzo's blockchain agnostic payment APIs.
How did you originally hear about Elixxir? Facebook
Which current Elixxir communities are you a member of? Telegram, Discord, Medium, Twitter
Are you an active member of those communities? No
What specifically, interests you about the Elixxir platform? Privacy features and scalability.
Outside of Elixxir communities, are you an active participant in other node or developer community groups? If so, which ones? Active in Python and Node.js communities.
Have you ever attended a blockchain conference? If so, which one(s)? Many, BlockCon, Crypto Invest Summit, Consensus, etc.
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? I wouldn't mind blogging about setup process.
What is the difference between decentralized networks and distributed networks, and where on the decentralization spectrum do you sit? Decentralization describes how a network's operation / control is structured whereas distribution describes the locality of network components. I'm 100% for decentralization, distribution is of course necessary for reasons of availability and scalability, but decentralization is critical to check centralized control of governments, corporations, etc.
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. Elixxir's primary value proposition would seem to be it's incredible privacy and scalability features. It's integrated mixnet, precomputation and parallelizable, randomized team-based consensus are also novel.
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? To protect fundamental human rights and check abuse by centralized control structures such as governements.
Tags Group, United States, English
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Here’s an applicant with some influence in the community – they say they are CEO of a Techstars-funded blockchain platform – should we look for this sort of influence for BetaNet node operators?


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