This week’s visitor on the Cardano SPO Column is a stake pool launched with the need to higher interact with the Cardano Neighborhood and attempt to acquire a foothold on the trail to monetary freedom: stakeTREK.io [TREK].
Final week’s visitor was a stake pool launched on the finish of February to assist refugees from Ukraine.
This initiative is a degree of reference for every little thing Cardano and each week or two we are going to invite a Stake Pool Operator (SPO) to reply some questions and provides us an replace instantly from throughout the Cardano neighborhood.
Contemplating that a lot of our readers are new to the crypto area, we can have a mixture of easy and technical questions.
Cardano SPO, interview with stakeTREK.io [TREK]
Hello, thanks on your time. Inform us one thing about your self, the place are you primarily based and what’s your background?
TREK is a single-person operation. I (Rob) do all the working and the advertising and marketing for the pool, together with dealing with all the social media accounts. My spouse is a large supporter and takes care of many off-line issues for the household to permit me the time to commit to creating the pool extra profitable. We now have 5 children and dwell in Western Iowa. We now have an acreage and run a small pastime farm. I’ve had a protracted profession in regulation enforcement and safety, so working with computer systems and blockchains is fairly new to me.
How did you discover out about Cardano and what prompted you to launch a stake pool?
I initially came upon about cryptocurrencies (BTC and ETH) from a buddy of mine again in 2018. I used to be at his place sooner or later seeking to purchase some cows from him, really. I’m a complete city-boy and had no expertise with animals in any respect, however I wished to get a couple of cows for my new farm and he was seeking to eliminate his small herd. In one among his outbuildings he had a huge crypto mining operation. He ended up explaining cryptocurrencies to me over the subsequent a number of hours and it piqued my curiosity. I began researching after I bought residence and instantly got here throughout Cardano.
I started shopping for Cardano over the subsequent 2+ years and began staking the day Shelley went dwell. After a number of months of constructing noise for a lot of nice stake swimming pools, I made a decision I wished to have my very own pool. Since I didn’t have the pc abilities, I relied closely on the assistance of some SPO pals (Amanda -DEAD and Keith -POWER) to assist me study and develop with a purpose to purchase the abilities essential to function my very own pool. It was an enormous studying curve and it took a while, and TREK wouldn’t be right here with out the assistance and persistence of my pals (who I met by staking to their swimming pools early on).
What are your ideas on the NFT area on Cardano? Do you’ve got any favorite tasks? Inform us extra
I’m studying extra about NFTs on a regular basis. I’ve missed out on so many nice tasks as a result of I haven’t really understood them.
My favorite mission proper now could be the Mandala Metaverse. I used to be invited to be part of this mission by my buddy Ray (GROW Pool). The extra I regarded into the mission, the extra excited I grew to become with it. There’s an NFT element, and it’s a crucial a part of the mission, however Mandala is extra about your consciousness and enhancing the truth round you with a purpose to higher your self and the world. Mandala incorporates NFTs (accumulating and staking) with an MMORPG, a virtual-reality simulator, comedian books (Darkish Horse publishers) and extra. It’s a technique to incorporate who you’re as an individual into the sport, and the NFT is a technique to additional develop who you’re as an individual and who you’re as a personality throughout the Mandala Metaverse. It sounds superb and I’m extraordinarily excited for it!
One other factor I’m enthusiastic about is Adosia. That is the brainchild of Kyle (FROG Pool, SpaceCoins, Jet Chickens, DripDropz CEO, and so forth). That is going to be an expansive mission and I used to be lucky sufficient to be requested to assist out. The a part of Adosia that I’m serving to out with is actually printing 3D fashions of precise NFTs! How cool will or not it’s to buy a singular NFT (whether or not or not it’s a SpaceCoins Rocket, a SpaceBudz, a Goat Tribe Goat or no matter) and be capable of get a bodily 3D print of the merchandise as nicely?!? Adosia will initially be releasing their very own NFT with the choice to buy the bodily merchandise as nicely, and take this degree of producing and companion with different NFT tasks with a purpose to make bodily NFTs for his or her clients. I’m actually enthusiastic about the place this might go!
As an Earth Node Operator, what is going to your position be within the World Cell ecosystem? How are they going to attach the unconnected?
World Cell is a telecoms firm that’s utilizing the Cardano Blockchain with a purpose to additional its attain and improve the capabilities of their community. My understanding is that all the utilization info and consumer data might be saved on the blockchain. Earth Nodes might be utilised to assemble the information and produce it to the blockchain, very similar to stake swimming pools do for the Cardano Community.
We’re nonetheless ready on World Cell to offer us with a lot of the data and we’ve got solely lately been given the technical specs required to function the Earth Nodes. There are nonetheless a number of inquiries to be answered, however our hope is that World Cell is ready to convey telecoms and web to hundreds of thousands all through Africa and that our Earth Nodes are in a position to assist in that course of by securing the blockchain for World Cell. If I can, in some small manner, assist World Cell safe their community with a purpose to permit them to higher give attention to serving to these all through the world acquire connectivity, I’d really feel like I’m doing one thing good to learn others.
Thanks kindly on your time. Any ultimate phrases? The place can individuals keep in contact?
TREK might be saying an NFT launch AND a small stake pool initiative within the coming weeks. The purpose of the NFT sale is to offer funds to stake to many small stake swimming pools. The small stake pool initiative won’t solely present stake to a number of small swimming pools all through the world, however will encourage different SPOs, NFT Tasks and personal corporations to do the identical. I’m very desperate to announce these two tasks and provides extra particulars.
The perfect methods to keep in contact with TREK are our web site, our e mail and our Twitter. I need to be obtainable to assist out our Cardano Neighborhood. It’s an incredible group of individuals and I’m very proud to be a small a part of it. As a stake pool, TREK tries very onerous to be energetic within the Cardano Neighborhood and to be obtainable to anybody needing help.
Disclaimer: The opinions and views of the SPOs are their very own and don’t essentially replicate these of the Cardano Basis or IOHK.