Node Application 10672584987, submitted 2019-04-17 17:18:51

Respondent Id 10672584987
Application Date 2019-04-17 17:18:51
Application Language English
Applicant City Houston
Applicant State/Province TX
Applicant Country United States
What languages do you speak? English
What is your occupation? Software Development
How many years experience in your field? 8-15
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? Community: Founded the Houston Bitcoin Meetup August 2018, co-founded the Houston Ethereum Meetup May 2014. Software: Developed a bitcoin forwards markets in 2014. Developed a universal loyalty point system utilizing bitcoin in 2015. Co-founder/CEO of [a startup using] Ethereum to innovate wholesale power markets (deal entry, transactive energy, demand response). Consulting: Co-founded [consulting firm] where we consulted crypto-startups to help them find product/market fit, create go to market strategies, assisted in product commercialization, and prepared them for fund raising. Published: Co-authored a chapter [on Ethereum]. Finance: Currently, head of corporate development & strategic partnerships at [an] investment bank where I lead the company's focus on utilizing decentralized blockchain technologies for the issuance of securities and commodities.
Are you an individual or a group? Individual
Node City Houston
Node State Texas
Node Country United States
For which networks Have you ever operated a node? Bitcoin (BTC, BCH, etc), Ethereum (ETH, ETC, etc), Zcash
What kind of improvements would you like to see in Elixxir nodes vs. previous the previous nodes you have supported? Nothing specifically as I've never had issuers running previous nodes.
What are potential setbacks preventing you from operating an Elixxir node? Possibly, capital requirements.
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) 100
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. . $0.00 - $0.04
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) 25
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)
Why do you want to be a node? To continue contributing to the crypto ecosystem in a meaningful way for a project that I believe in.
How did you originally hear about Elixxir? Word of Mouth
Which current Elixxir communities are you a member of? Reddit, Medium, Twitter
Are you an active member of those communities? No
What specifically, interests you about the Elixxir platform? Privacy and scalability
Outside of Elixxir communities, are you an active participant in other node or developer community groups? If so, which ones? n/a
Have you ever attended a blockchain conference? If so, which one(s)? Yes, too many to name. Have attended approximately 40 - 50 conferences.
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'm comfortable contributing ~15 posts per month.
What is the difference between decentralized networks and distributed networks, and where on the decentralization spectrum do you sit? Partial answer: I always lean toward decentralized networks when possible.
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. Elixxir is scalable to 100,000 tx/sec, privacy centric, and is 51% attack resistant.
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? Where identity is even remotely possible to determine even by deduction and forensics, no party without explicit consent can know the transactions of others because it could mean the government or corporation transaction data may be used by adversaries.
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