Node Application 10661988008, submitted 2019-04-13 9:23:51

Respondent Id 10661988008
Application Date 2019-04-13 9:23:51
Application Language English
Applicant City Scottsdale
Applicant State/Province AZ
Applicant Country United States
What languages do you speak? English
What is your occupation? Point-of-Sale Value Added Reseller (VAR) - Business Owner
How many years experience in your field? 16+
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? I recently Graduated with a MSc in Digital Currency from the University of Nicosia with a 3.8 gpa.
Are you an individual or a group? Individual
Node City Scottsdale
Node State AZ
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? Bitcoin Core was simple enough, I have no specific recommendations.
What are potential setbacks preventing you from operating an Elixxir node? None that I can think 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) 50
What is a reasonable uptime estimate you can provide for your BetaNet node? (As a percentage) 90
Please estimate the cost of electricity in the geographic area where your BetaNet node will be running. . 11.96¢/kWh average
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? Cloud-Based Servers
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) We can easily scale on AWS as needed.
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? Yes (please specify)
Yes (please specify) Our company's internal ERP system (linux), File backup servers (our customers data backups as a service), a testing environment for POS system (Debian Linux).
Why do you want to be a node? I believe in decentralization and want to remain engaged in promising future initiatives. I like the Elixxir narrative.
How did you originally hear about Elixxir? Coindesk
Which current Elixxir communities are you a member of? Telegram, Medium, Twitter
Are you an active member of those communities? No
What specifically, interests you about the Elixxir platform? David Chaum, innovative way of protecting metadata privacy though mixing, and scalability through pre-processing.
Outside of Elixxir communities, are you an active participant in other node or developer community groups? If so, which ones? I a most interested in Bitcoin Core, Dash, Sovrin, Stellar, Blockstack, and Hedera Hashgraph.
Have you ever attended a blockchain conference? If so, which one(s)? Devcon3 2017 in Cancun.
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 a week to start with.
What is the difference between decentralized networks and distributed networks, and where on the decentralization spectrum do you sit? In my view, decentralized networks purely peer to peer, where as distributed networks use multiple servers each servicing multiple clients. In both cases, a single central entity does not rule the entire network. I am a decentralization maximalist as far as is practically feasible. I am allergic to centralization because human nature is predisposed to control.
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. Complete Privacy, including metadata, through mixing innovation. And, Scalability through node pre-processing.
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? Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely. Human authority cannot be trusted with unchecked power over other people.
Tags Individual, United States, English
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This applicant says they have a Master’s Degree in digital currency… should we seek applicants with credentials of this sort?

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