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. Justification
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
I think this proposal could be made valid, it would just require some more details to be specified. Feel free to use the template in that post if it will help. @jayveq and I are also around to assist with any questions.
You can do either. In general I think it depends on how big the changes are.
If it would be such a large edit that the discussion in the thread would stop making sense, then I’d recommend a new post. Otherwise I say it’s best to edit and I can just adjust the tags when it becomes valid.
Thanks for the update. I’ve changed the tag from invalid to incomplete. I think it’s now clearer why this could benefit HOPR, but I’d still like to see more precise details on implementation and budget before marking it as valid.
There’s still a lot of days’ discussion remaining, so I’d suggest using that time in collaboration with other members to expand on the implementation and budget section, which is still largely undefined.
@nelchael great question. to be honest I am not aware if self built nodes will be a possibility and if the team has already discussed that or not.
Perhaps one of the mods can help here. FYI @thewanderingeditor
Self-built hardware nodes are something we’d be interested in but I don’t know a lot of the details here. I know there were some people (from the Russian community maybe?) who managed to get HOPR running on a Raspberry Pi.
For VPS, we’ve looked into trying to secure discounts and partnerships before, but many refuse to collaborate with crypto projects.