Node Application 10596201473, submitted 2019-03-15 14:10:52

Respondent Id 10596201473
Application Date 2019-03-15 14:10:52
Application Language English
Applicant City San Diego
Applicant State/Province CA
Applicant Country United States
What languages do you speak? English
What is your occupation? Investor
How many years experience in your field? 8-15
What is the highest degree or level of school you have completed? Bachelor’s degree (for example: BA. BS)
Please describe your experience in the Crypto/Blockchain space, if any? Working in Finance, I first heard about Bitcoin in 2012 and started mining on a couple of my computers GPU’s, I started buying Bitcoin in 2013, I started buying Ethereum in 2015, I started running lightning nodes early 2019 and am currently working on developing a couple LApps for fun. I’m an Angel Investor at this point. Thanks
Are you an individual or a group? Individual
Node City San Diego
Node State CA
Node Country United States
For which networks Have you ever operated a node? Bitcoin (BTC, BCH, etc)
What kind of improvements would you like to see in Elixxir nodes vs. previous the previous nodes you have supported? A good GUI (like Casa Node), but with more customization for fees and other variables. (Casa Node has zero customization). I would like easy access to both manual address (Public Key, IP Address and Port) as well as connection code. Links to block explorers for sent transactions and node network. Compatible Open Channels, with every wallet (Currently if you try to open a channel with some nodes like LNBIG or Bitrefill’s Thor, they only work on specific wallets). A LApp browser like BlueWallet has built in. I look forward to working with you and making Elixxer the best node yet!!!
What are potential setbacks preventing you from operating an Elixxir node? None, I can run it on a static IP, on Tor or using for DNS, essentially however you would like me to test the node I can and provide feedback. I want to help. Thanks
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) 40
What is a reasonable uptime estimate you can provide for your BetaNet node? (As a percentage) 100
Please estimate the cost of electricity in the geographic area where your BetaNet node will be running. . Cost doesn’t matter to me, I run nodes and miners, one more is trivial. Thanks
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) 74
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? I can run it on a static IP address at my office or on a DNS with or Tor onion address at my home. I’d let you choose how you want it beta tested.
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) I own a Casa Node, 5 Lightning in a Box nodes, a System 76 Ubuntu computer, an Alienware laptop and three Mac computers
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) Just basic
Why do you want to be a node? I’m an early bitcoin adopter and want to help the network grow
How did you originally hear about Elixxir? Reddit
Which current Elixxir communities are you a member of? Reddit
Are you an active member of those communities? Yes
What specifically, interests you about the Elixxir platform? I think that it has potential to help increase mass adoption of the Lightning Network
Outside of Elixxir communities, are you an active participant in other node or developer community groups? If so, which ones? I just got a Casa Node, though I have not contributed yet
Have you ever attended a blockchain conference? If so, which one(s)? Not yet, but I have attended Investor conferences that had blockchain/bitcoin companies. I’ve also invested in a number of bitcoin wallet/exchange and blockchain logistics (supply chain) companies
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 can post to Reddit a couple of posts per month
What is the difference between decentralized networks and distributed networks, and where on the decentralization spectrum do you sit? Distributed is centralized, decentralized is optimal. That being said Lightning will have some hubs that will have minimal centralization, however the more large nodes that join the network the more decentralized it will be. I’m also a lifetime member of the Bitcoin Foundation.
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. This would be the first portable hardware lighting wallet, which is exciting and potentially groundbreaking. This could allow for a more mainstream adoption of the Lightning Network
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? Yes, money should be free, and not under the control of any central authorities.
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