Interview - Cardano SPO #117: BONE pool [BONE]

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Today’s guest on the Cardano SPO column is a stake pool that is also a Hosky RugPool and is operate by Gregg, aka Bone, and Krista, both involved in the racing world: BONE pool [BONE].

The previous guest was a stake pool operated by Mladen, whose goal is being truly a single pool, bare metal, running at home, and powered by the sun.

This column is where I invite Stake Pool Operators (SPO) to share their stories and vision as a way to connect with and learn about the Cardano Community.

Hi, thanks for your time. Tell us something about your team, where are you based and what are your backgrounds?

Well to begin I’m Gregg and ‘Bone’ is a nickname given to me around 30 years ago.

The team consists of myself and one other friend from the racing community, Krista is my sole business partner and CTO of BonePool Hardware.

As luck would have it Krista and I frequented the same race tracks in the SCCA BMW garages.

She ended up needing my Welding services and I was already a couple years into the required Cardano reading from the IOHK Libraries and knew her husband was a tech guy.

So, knowing I needed a pro for the pool I asked if her husband knew a thing or two about servers. She laughed and said not him, “I’ve been a server security specialist for 20 years”. I fell over.

We are both in NC smack dab in the middle of Nascar country.

I have made my career from my late teens working through the Nascar ranks and eventually moved into Road Racing in the Rolex garage with a couple Riley Viper GT3R’s for you gear heads out there.

And Krista drives in the E46 in the SCCA series.

What’s the path that led you to Cardano and to become a Stake Pool Operator (SPO)?

I’m sure a lot of stories start out similar in Bitcoin.

By the time I woke up and realized that Bitcoin can’t be hacked it was the end of 2016.

I spend a few more months trying to study what blockchain actually is. Then I found the Cardano idea. A Duncan Coutts video, Aggelos Kiayias, Dimitri, Sebastien Guillemot and obviously the Charles whiteboard and the whole IOHK library.

I start weighing all their ideas against the other protocols.

And I was hooked on ideas that attached to ‘We the people’ and ‘liberty’.

Tell us about the Cardano Race Team, what’s the idea behind the endeavour? And what synergies do you see between the blockchain and the motorsports worlds?

The main goal behind the race team originally was to bridge awareness by bringing Cardano Ambassadors into the garage. Use all of our motorsports marketing years to showcase brands building and using Cardano.

Then also commingle with other IT professionals in the racing world as well as mechanics, fabricators and drivers.

Although this idea was relatively affordable in this genre, the idea became far too expensive to handle without Catalyst funding.

In a space during Fund 7, we were told Fund 10 would likely be a better fit for marketing endeavours as the current issue was education for devs into Plutus and getting the killer App on Cardano.

Skip to Fund 10, a marketing category didn’t exist.

You are a Hosky RugPool, what does that mean? For those unaware, what is Hosky?

Hosky the doggo is most easily described as Cardano’s loveable mascot.

Hosky the founder exudes the charisma, morals and business ethics that are directly inline with Cardano values and rightful practices.

Hosky is also a brand with a cute recognizable doggo who’s always caught at the tail of the jokes.

It is customary to berate Hosky for being worthless as a meme coin.

Which was designed tongue-in-cheek in response to the wave of senseless tokens that followed the Mary hardfork. This advancement gave anyone in the world the ability to create their own brand of native tokens. And did they ever.

I don’t have any issue with the creation of new memecoins. The freedom to do so is the part to focus on. While the value of a brand should be based on far more and better telling metrics rather than just media popularity.

The Hosky RugPools is a community of Single Stake Pool Operators who in some way were recognized for carrying the Cardano flag selflessly.

This band of “Hosky idjiots” are collectively helping promote the idea and security importance of staking Ada to the edges of the network.

Helping others who are new to staking to understand the world of pool selections.

  • How many pools should one stake to.
  • How much should one expect to earn from passive staking.
  • And, what additional services or digital collections might be available to eligible delegators.

Great contribution. Any closing thoughts? Where can people get in touch?

Easy to find me @bone_pool on X

Or link a BONE staked wallet to the Hosky Discord to find #bone-chat.

Here’s also the Starch Industries Discord.

Working on… check it out!

Disclaimer: The opinions and views of the people interviewed are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Cardano Foundation or IOG. Moreover, this content is for educational purposes, it doesn’t constitute financial advice.

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