Trust-Less 2020: A Proof-of-Stake (PoS) Validator Summit

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The opportunity today is like getting into Bitcoin Mining back in 2009.

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Our Thesis

This is one of those pivotal moments in blockchain history. With ETH 2.0 & multiple PoS layer-1 blockchain protocols slated to launch early 2020, it's an opportunity for developers & students to enter the blockchain space & learn how to build one of the few viable business models that can earn money: staking-as-a-service.

Objectives For The Trust-Less 2020 Summit

  • Bring about more decentralization
  • New opportunities for wealth creation
  • Incentive-aligned education


  • Preston Van Loon (ETH 2.0 Developer; Co-Founder of Prysmatic Labs)
  • Luke Youngblood (CEO of Blockscale; Exec at Coinbase Custody)
  • Collin Myers (Global DeFi Product Strategy at Codefi Networks (ConsenSys))
  • Marek Olszewski (Co-Founder of Celo)
  • Joe Petrowski (Research at Parity / Polkadot)
  • Evan Shapiro (Co-Founder & CEO of O(1) Labs / Coda)
  • Benedict Chan (CTO of BitGo)
  • Adrian Brink (Co-Founder of Cryptium Labs)
  • Richard Li (COO of Certus.One)
  • and more!

See the entire lineup here:

Attendees Will Learn:

  • How Proof-Of-Stake (PoS) Blockchains Work (An Introduction)
  • Transitioning From PoW Mining To PoS Mining (And Why It's Worth Doing)
  • Validator Economics: How To Calculate Equipment Costs / Mining Rewards
  • Approaches To Validator Architecture & Security: Trust Model & Slashing Basics
  • Staking-As-A-Service Business Model: AKA How I Learned To Mine & Stake (Case Study)
  • Decentralization: Metrics & Methodology For Determining The Health (And Viability) Of A Blockchain Network with Reseachers from ConsenSys
  • A Deep Dive Into Proof Of Stake (PoS) Validator Security & Attack Vectors
  • How To Identify Which Proof-Of-Stake Networks Are Worth Mining (Being A Validator For)
  • How To Acquire Stake: The Different Profiles Of Stakers (Community, Funds, & Service Providers)
  • What Makes A Good Network Custodian: A Candid Discussion On Incentive Alignment
  • Validator Tooling: Innovations On UX
  • Historical Layer-1 Launches (Cosmos + Tezos Case Studies) From The Eyes Of A Validator
  • Heroku For Staking: Democratizing Staking So That Anyone (Not Just Institutions) Can Participate
  • Should Your VC Fund Stake Or Run A Validator?
  • A Candid Discussion On The Future Of Staking-As-A-Service: Exchanges, 0% Fees, and Centralization
  • How To Stay Out Of Jail: Regulatory Basics For A Startup In The Blockchain Space (US-based & International)
  • Crypto Taxes 101: How Taxes For Validators / Block Rewards Work
  • Experimental Business Models For Staking-As-A-Service Companies

Hands On Technical Workshops: Learn how to spin up a validator on ETH 2.0, Polkadot / Parity, Skale, Coda, Celo, and more.

Tickets (Virtual vs. IRL):

For the virtual event, tickets are 100% free. For the IRL kickoff in SF, you'll need to either have a student email address or a VIP invite in order to get access (please ping us @dystopialabs or @hsinjuchuang on Twitter for more info).



Hsin-Ju Chuang, CEO of Dystopia Labs

Cameron Dennis, Co-Founder of Blockchain Acceleration Foundation

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