In order to grow the node ecosystem that is the backbone of hopr, my suggestion is that we use the funds to create partnerships and awareness around node runnning.
I suggest we set partnerships with both VPS and physical node manufacturers. Together the plan is to set up joint selling, discounts, dedicated partner manager, guides on how to run nodes and any other partner program that will help scale the adoption.
For this project to grow it is necessary that the node ecosystem grows as well. onboarding more users in a decentralized way will make sure the project is secure and the right foundations are set for scalability
Implementation and Budget
To better secure decentralisation, it is better to spend a high portion on physical manufacturers partnerships rather than VPS providers so my suggestion to use 30k of the funds and split them in the following way:
40% for physical node manufacturers partnerhsips, i.e. direct to consumer providers like Avado
40% for the acceleration of self build node development with partnerhips with hardware providers and support channels to help build the nodes including how to guides
20% to secure VPS partnerships