Hello, and welcome to my stakepool introduction! I am Glen, an enterprising farmer from and small island off the west coast of Scotland. I have a day job as well as the family farm and also have my own stand up paddleboard school, I like the variety! I’ve been in and out of crypto since 2017 but I’ve always held some Cardano since then. During Covid lockdown I was looking at ways to take part in blockchain to boost my income a bit, and after much research I opted to start up a pool in the testnets and then FARM was launched right there from the beginning of the Shelley era, what a moment!
I’ve ran servers for a while mostly for hosting websites and counter strike servers for people so i know my way around Linux, but there’s always something new to learn, perfect for the dark winter nights coming up!
Pledge: 5.3k ADA (small to some, but it’s a lot for me, increasing over time)
Fixed Fee: 340ADA
Variable fee: 2.2%
SPO Location: Isle of Arran (Scotland)
Servers Location: London (England)
Pool infrastructure: (multiple vps) 4 vCores CPU, 8 GB RAM, 160 GB SSD, 400 Mbit/s, Unbuntu
Pool redundancy: Hosted in Tier 3 data centre with backup Relay/BP if needed, able to upgrade anytime if the network requires more powerful servers.
Financial Resilience: 2 years running costs at current rates already set aside.
Operator experience: After taking part as staking on in ITN I did my research and started taking part in the testnests for the #ReadyforShelley era. Proven ability to mint blocks, reliable up time and minimal delays between updating to newer versions. Keys stored on an air-gapped machine.
Charity giving: Annually, I will donate 15% of my margin earnings to 3 local charities here on Arran. (5% each) This way we can see the direct difference donations make, and this will also increase the awareness and use of Cardano among the general population.
Long term I want to reach as close to saturation as I can. After a run of bad luck with no slots assigned my 2 biggest delegators left to support other small pools. The good news is luck evens out over time and with the upcoming change to “k” and the continuing decline of “d” I would be over the moon to welcome new delegators to FARM to help us grow Cardano!
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