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Block Producers Services

Our core responsibility to the EOS community will be to help govern and manage an EOS.IO blockchain

To effectively provide the block producer services required to support thousands of commercial scale DApps requires not only an agile enterprise scale infrastructure solution, but a mature operational structure to monitor, maintain and manage that infrastructure.

Professional integrity, transparency, commitment, cooperation and independence are all characteristics that the EOS community can expect from EOSphere.

We believe our proven experience will inspire confidence in EOS stakeholders, DApp developers and EOS based blockchain businesses for the community launch and ongoing operation and governance of an EOS.IO blockchain, while supporting our region as a global member of the EOS community. Although based in Australia we aim to serve the entire EOSphere!

2018/06/03 06:00:00

Until the EOS.IO Launch *

* EOS tokens will become frozen on the Ethereum blockchain on June 2, 2018 22:59:59 UTC.
The mainnet launch will occur shortly thereafter.

   
Proposed EOS Blockchain Infrastructure

Operational Framework

Proposed EOS Blockchain Infrastructure

Availability of services is intrinsically linked with the operational processes used to manage the supporting infrastructure solution. EOSphere intends to develop a mature operational framework for the block producer services we will provide, to ensure the very best service in terms of availability and DApp responsiveness.

Ahead of the community launch, we intend to have a fully operational 24×7 support capability where we can be alerted to, and react to, any global EOS blockchain service or governance issue requiring our immediate attention.

Monitoring, Alerting, Reporting, Incident, Change and Capacity Management are all key operational processes that will be undertaken and are summarised here.

Governance, Values and Community Services

EOS token holders delegate blockchain governance to Block Producers

We believe the inbuilt governance mechanisms are a defining feature of an EOS.IO blockchain and should enable rapid evolution of the EOS blockchain itself, as well as DApp and blockchain business development, knowing that there are strong well defined governance mechanisms in place.

The EOSphere team have experience in assessing difficult subjective decisions that decide the direction of a blockchain through our involvement with Steemit and it’s early contentious hard forks.

EOSphere will vote on all issues, and intend to be ‘DApp developer and blockchain business friendly’. Meaning for example, where an edge-case bug results in trapped funds or errant behaviour that affects the DApps end-users, we will likely provide support using the governance mechanisms to freeze accounts or update defective applications.

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    VALUES

    The entire EOSphere team are career professionals and parents of young families. We are united in the possibilities that decentralisation offers to help realise a more equitable world. In other words, we are what you might consider good, socially responsible individuals who are invested in orchestrating change.

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    TRANSPARENCY

    EOSphere intends to publicly provide regular reporting and activity statements to the EOS community, as well as expenditure reports in its operation as a Block Producer. EOSphere is a registered company in Australia, with a registered office/HQ in Perth and may be required to submit financial reports to ASIC – the Australian Securities and Investment Commission. EOSphere will also aim to make itself available to any reasonable request from EOS community groups.

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    COOPERATION

    We recognise that successfully running and governing an EOS.IO based blockchain is a community effort. EOSphere are committed to allocating a proportion of Block Producer rewards to ‘all-of-community benefit’ and/or ‘all-of block producer’ style initiatives and projects. Examples might be funding joint development of Block Producer specific monitoring tools, or facilitating an independent team to provide the community with reporting on relevant Block Producer performance metrics.

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    PROFESSIONAL INTEGRITY

    The entire EOSphere team are 15+ year career professionals with outstanding community and industry reputations. For us, this means conducting ourselves and representing EOS stakeholders in a professional, respectful, honest and ethical manner.

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    COMMITMENT

    EOSphere’s current operations and expenditure are entirely funded by our team members personal funds with no team member currently receiving a salary from EOSphere. It is estimated that our expenditure by June 3 will have reached $140,000 AUD, half of which will have been directly related to cloud infrastructure and app development costs, and the remaining being mostly related to the national EOS Meetup tour and legal and accounting expenses. Three of our current team members are dedicated full-time to EOSphere, and if voted in as a founding block producer we expect to expand the team with further full time operational members.

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    INDEPENDENCE

    Although running and governing an EOS.IO based blockchain will be a co-operative effort, it’s important for the decentralised nature of the EOS blockchain governance mechanisms that EOSphere is not influenced by a vested interest and is free from any constraints that would prevent it from taking the correct and proper course of action. EOSphere will take any necessary steps to maintain that independence.

Community Benefit Services

We feel strongly about contributing to the EOS ecosystem and being a focal point in rallying the Australasian EOS community

We have already been approached by local DApp developers and blockchain start-ups keen to learn more about EOS and get assistance in understanding if EOS might be the solution for their blockchain businesses.

EOSphere can see many ways, in addition to core block producer services, in which we can add value to the overall EOS ecosystem by investing in our region and with global initiatives.

For example:

  • Help to bootstrap a thriving local EOS developer community through education, conferences and hackathons, while developing partnership with universities and business.
  • Actively participate in the Asia Pacific blockchain community, representing EOS, while promoting awareness and the opportunity with EOS to business, start-up and developer communities.
  • Support local enterprise, blockchain start-ups and DApp developers to understand the suitability EOS for their projects, offering advice and support.
  • Direct blockchain start-ups on how they may access the EOS VC program.
  • Invest in global BP Operations, Governance, Architecture initiatives.
  • Be accessible to the EOS community and blockchain media.

It must be stressed EOSphere will always have core block producer and governance activities as it’s priority; any community service would simply be assessed by asking the question, “will this community activity provide a clear and direct benefit to the entire EOS ecosystem?”

There are three community service activities which EOSphere are currently working on completing before an EOS.IO based blockchain launch in June.

  1. Exploring the feasibility of organising a global ‘Block Producer’ candidate conference where we discuss and explore the process for a community blockchain launch, understand and mitigate any potential risks and define communication channels for a co-ordinated launch.
  2. Development of an open source web app which will allow EOS ERC-20 token holders to find out their EOS balances as will be used in a community blockchain launch based on EOS.IO software. This is essentially an extension of the work EOSphere has done with “How to setup and run the EOSIO Genesis Snapshot Generator” and is an app that block.one is unable to host themselves without a geowall. EOSphere will make this app available, as open source, to the community for verification, and to facilitate multiple independent sources for the community to check their allocations and key mappings.
  3. EOSphere intend to provide a simple open-source web app which will allow community members to easily vote for their preferred block producers on a community launched EOS.IO based blockchain. We expect this app to be available ahead of the community blockchain launch.

EOSphere would welcome any discussions on collaboration in any community-wide-benefit initiatives ahead of the community launch in June.

Voting! We've had lots of questions at our recent meet tour about how to vote. As well as helping to fund this excellent community voting portal for launch which is progressing well (https://t.co/ukAoqkojHD and vid) - we're working on our own portal as well. #EOSIO @go_eos @TBCox

Thank-you Australian EOS community for attending the @eosphere_io social meetup in #Sydney #Perth #Brisbane and #Adelaide last night.. it's amazing to see and feel the #EOS pre-launch excitement across #Australia @go_eos @EOS_io @eosforumorg @EmanateOfficial @GenerEOSSydney

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At the Brisbane Meetup organized by @eosphere_io excited by the mainnet launch. Nice summary of work by @eosphere_io by Ken
#eos #eosio #Mainnet #eosphere

Hey everyone! Check out the new eosDAC one minute animated explainer.
https://t.co/1gzj1z2q3a
We hope you like it. It now takes pride of place on our homepage eosdac #eosio #DAC
@EOS_io @go_eos @eosnewyork @TBCox @BrendanBlumer @bytemaster7 @eosforumorg

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having worked together over many years to build data centre solutions for public hospitals, government and banks.

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A seasoned data centre professional of over 15 years who has successfully managed $20M annual revenue practices servicing both public sector and enterprise clients who is now dedicated to EOSphere. Angel investor for Bitshares in 2013, going on to develop and manage the ‘MineBitshares’ project which was personally sponsored by Dan Larimer and supported by Bitshares Witnesses. Founding witness of Steemit and sponsor of multiple steem projects including Streemian. Ken is competent with AWS and GCP cloud DevOps and is proficient in node.js and python.

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Over the last 20 years Ross has worked as an IT integration professional primarily in the networking and security space. Ross became interested in crypto currency and blockchain technology in 2012 and has garnered experience with graphene blockchain technology in Bitshares and more recently Steem, where he currently runs a witness and seed node. Ross has a professional skill set and experience in Business Management, specifically Professional and Consulting Service Management where he has been the State Services Manager for a $100M integration business, as well as Technical and Solution Architecture Certification.

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Ric Smit

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A business owner for the last 15 years, initially as a IT infrastructure provider then establishing an entertainment company and developing a 30,000 strong Western Australian community membership. Ric is passionate blockchain community member and is focussed on using his community skills to bringing together the Australian EOS community.

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Over the last 15 years Walter has architected and delivered solutions across verticals such as Banking, Health Care, Education and Mining. He is a pioneer and advocate in webscale architectures and cloud infrastructure solutions, a subject matter expert in information management and business continuity and has a wealth of experience working for some of the worlds largest global tech corporations. Walter has been passionate about blockchain technologies for nearly two years and looks forward to being a significant contributor to the EOS community.

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Shelley Dold

Event and Marketing Manager

Shelley has multi-year experience in marketing and event co-ordination including managing and executing on a few of South-Africa’s largest private and corporate events, some with as many as 300 event staff. Recently Shelley has put her energy into engaging with the EOS community and facilitating our Meetup Tour across Australia in five capital cities.

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Brendon Ross

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A full stack web developer since way before it became a buzz word, or even a real job title. For 15 years Brendon worked in incredible teams as an Integration Specialist for Oracle and IBM projects. In 2015 looking for a new challenge he built and succesfully exited out of a Fintech Startup – Paytradie. With a rare balance of technical, analytical and business skills, Brendon is ultimately passionate about building a thriving startup incubator within EOSphere to support new blockchain startups throughout Australasia.

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