Node Application 10593821349, submitted 2019-03-14 15:40:14

Respondent Id 10593821349
Application Date 2019-03-14 15:40:14
Application Language English
Applicant City Edmonton
Applicant State/Province Alberta
Applicant Country Canada
What languages do you speak? English
What is your occupation? Web Entrepreneur
How many years experience in your field? 16+
What is the highest degree or level of school you have completed? Some college
Please describe your experience in the Crypto/Blockchain space, if any? Passionate about the crypto industry and sound money. I tweet about it as I want to be a digital evangelist for crypto adoption. I am immersed in the industry and regularly trade crypto stocks I believe in.
Are you an individual or a group? Individual
Node City Edmonton
Node State Alberta
Node Country Canada
For which networks Have you ever operated a node? I've done pool mining but no node operation.
What kind of improvements would you like to see in Elixxir nodes vs. previous the previous nodes you have supported? No previous node experience. Willing to do the work to run one for the first time. I believe in Elixxir and want to help drive its adoption.
What are potential setbacks preventing you from operating an Elixxir node? I don't anticipate any. I have a stable fast connection and own my own home (where the node will operate out 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) 35
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. . 6 cents/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) 50
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? Personal Home
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? 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: HDD instead of SSD. Hexa Core processor Can upgrade to SSD if necessary.
Do you have past experience deploying servers to cloud-based services? No
Yes (please specify)
Why do you want to be a node? I absolutely love blockchain technology and crypto-currency. I believe that the tech has produced sound money (like Bitcoin) and also will more-and-more provide better decentralized and private application options for real-world use. I want to spend the rest of my life driving crypto adoption in place of centralized, fiat, and non-private alternatives. So, being a node operator allows me to be part of a team I believe in, in a product I believe in, in an industry I believe in.
How did you originally hear about Elixxir? Twitter
Which current Elixxir communities are you a member of? Discord, Twitter
Are you an active member of those communities? Yes
What specifically, interests you about the Elixxir platform? The fact that it can do speed and scale without compromising privacy. End-to-end encryption. No on-chain linkability. No 51% attack threat. I believe in David Chaum, and believe his record and education speaks for itself. The fact that he is involved with this project is a large part of the reason I want to be involved because I trust him.
Outside of Elixxir communities, are you an active participant in other node or developer community groups? If so, which ones? No.
Have you ever attended a blockchain conference? If so, which one(s)? Haven't yet. I plan to as soon as there is one locally.
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? 1-2 pieces of content likely.
What is the difference between decentralized networks and distributed networks, and where on the decentralization spectrum do you sit?
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. Having privacy, speed, and scale all-together. Most others can only do 2 of those at once. Secure communication between users.
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? Privacy is a human right. The current way operating systems, applications, social media, and web browsing work is by providing free or reduced cost systems/accounts at the cost of your privacy. This is usually sold to advertisers or used to directly target you. This creates an often permanent record of many details one might have intended to share. Privacy by default says that privacy is the #1 goal, so that you are not tracked or identified.
Tags Individual, Canada, English

Hey everyone, this is my application that I am commenting on. If selected I plan to build a custom computer specifically for Elixxir that meets all specs. I am super excited for this project and the opportunity to run a node. If anyone has any questions for me, feel free to ask.

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