Node Application 10668478255, submitted 2019-04-16 15:42:16

Respondent Id 10668478255
Application Date 2019-04-16 15:42:16
Application Language English
Applicant City Woodside
Applicant State/Province New York
Applicant Country United States
What languages do you speak? English, Dutch, Turkish
What is your occupation? Software Development
How many years experience in your field? 4-7
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'm involved in several ways. It all started with buying a small amount of ETH and BTC early 2017. The size of the investments grew with time. From there, I wanted to get a little more involved in the community, so started going to various blockchain related meetups in New York. From there, I wanted to dive a little deeper into the technical portion, so started running nodes of small, lesser known projects. Most recently, I've been admitted to the B9Lab academy for Ethereum development, and am getting more involved with smart contract development.
Are you an individual or a group? Individual
Node City Woodside
Node State New York
Node Country United States
For which networks Have you ever operated a node? Zcash, Aura
What kind of improvements would you like to see in Elixxir nodes vs. previous the previous nodes you have supported? Easier startup/setup (e.g. premade docker images).
What are potential setbacks preventing you from operating an Elixxir node? The biggest potential setback will be initial fixed costs, if the cost of the hardware required is >$10,000.
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) 63
What is a reasonable uptime estimate you can provide for your BetaNet node? (As a percentage) 95
Please estimate the cost of electricity in the geographic area where your BetaNet node will be running. . 20 cents per 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) 27
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? No
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:
Do you have past experience deploying servers to cloud-based services? Yes (please specify)
Yes (please specify) I've used DigitalOcean and AWS in various projects and jobs to deploy apps and services.
Why do you want to be a node? Becoming a node is the most straightforward way to support projects that I like. It is the most direct means to creating a truly decentralized project. For many projects, the financial costs are too high but I'm hopeful that becoming a node early on for a promising project could help relive the financial burden for an individual.
How did you originally hear about Elixxir? Telegram
Which current Elixxir communities are you a member of? Telegram
Are you an active member of those communities? No
What specifically, interests you about the Elixxir platform? I am a big advocate for privacy enhancing projects. I believe that Elixxir could be a big innovator in this area. In addition to this, the world class team that they have is another big advantage of Elixxir.
Outside of Elixxir communities, are you an active participant in other node or developer community groups? If so, which ones? I'm active in the B9 Labs Ethereum community, as I'm enrolled in that course. I'm also semi-active in various meetup groups in NYC.
Have you ever attended a blockchain conference? If so, which one(s)? I've attended Consensus last year but I have to say, I wasn't a big fan and I probably won't be attending this year.
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 article/month
What is the difference between decentralized networks and distributed networks, and where on the decentralization spectrum do you sit? Decentralized networks are distributed but distributed networks are not necessarily decentralized. I believe the main difference between the two is that there is no main point of control in decentralized networks.
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. I believe the value proposition of Elixxir is to take blockchains mainstream through scalable yet maintain privacy in its transactions.
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? Because privacy is a human right not privilege. It is vital that digital transactions stay private for the safety of our society.
Tags Individual, United States, English
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