Node Application 10647011865, submitted 2019-04-07 11:22:33

Respondent Id 10647011865
Application Date 2019-04-07 11:22:33
Application Language English
Applicant City Santa Monica
Applicant State/Province California
Applicant Country United States
What languages do you speak? Enlish, Hebrew, Spanish
What is your occupation? IT
How many years experience in your field? 16+
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? I mined my first BTC in 2010. I am an old school cypherpunk/cryptoanarchist and actually have a Captain Crunch whistle somewhere in my storage space in New York. Since then, I have dedicated myself to becoming a blockchain expert. This effort is, of course, ongoing, but is well established. I haven't run any crypto nodes since that first BTC node, but I have lots of experience as a systems administrator, programmer, and DB admin. I'm sure I could easily handle any technical requirements (I imagine I'll end up using an AWS node or somesuch), and look forward to learning more about the project and providing feedback.
Are you an individual or a group? Individual
Node City No idea
Node State Probably an AWS node
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? Speed, ease of use for non-technical users.
What are potential setbacks preventing you from operating an Elixxir node? Depends on what the technical requirements are. I am happy to spend a few bucks on a VPS or somesuch, but if serious processing power and/or serious storage space is required, I can't really justify the outlay.
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) 8
What is a reasonable uptime estimate you can provide for your BetaNet node? (As a percentage) 98
Please estimate the cost of electricity in the geographic area where your BetaNet node will be running. . no idea where I will be running.
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? Both
In what type of environment would this server be located?
Do you have past experience deploying hardware servers in a datacenter?
Do you already own sufficient hardware to meet the published Elixxir BetaNet node specifications?
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:
Do you have past experience deploying servers to cloud-based services? Yes (please specify)
Yes (please specify) Rather limited, I've played around with AWS a bit, and it's really not rocket science...
Why do you want to be a node? The tech fascinates me, as do its social implications.
How did you originally hear about Elixxir? Word of Mouth
Which current Elixxir communities are you a member of?
Are you an active member of those communities? No
What specifically, interests you about the Elixxir platform? It has the potential to overcome the obstacles preventing widespread adoption of blockchain technologies.
Outside of Elixxir communities, are you an active participant in other node or developer community groups? If so, which ones? CryptoMondays (I host the LA meetup), ERC725.
Have you ever attended a blockchain conference? If so, which one(s)? Yes, StartEngine this past October, and I will be attending CIS this coming week.
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? a few hours, I guess.
What is the difference between decentralized networks and distributed networks, and where on the decentralization spectrum do you sit? Decentralization is about avoiding points of failure. Distributed networks can be taken down easily by malicious actors, decentralized ones cannot. There is, of course, a price to pay for this robustness, and this is the consensus mechanism. In general, I think each has its use cases, but it really pisses me off when organizations pass off distributed networks as truly decentralized.
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. SPEED!
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? In the early days, I thought of the internet as being inherently free (Perry Barlow's manifesto eloquently expressed a position I very much espoused). But governments have, over time, managed to completely break the thing. Blockchain is the way to fix it.
Tags Individual, United States, English

This applicant claims to host a local crypto meetup… should we seek out applicants with this sort of influence to help us build word-of-mouth for Elixxir?