P-Rep Candidate
Team Information

StakingTeam HQ: Italy

StakingTeam is a staking-as-a-service company operating secure and performant block validation nodes for supported cryptonetworks.
We offer public delegation services to retail token holders as well as outsourcing services for institutional stakeholders.
Our success has been built from scratch because of our commitment and strong support of communities; we are always ready to get in touch and help you gain interests on your cryptoassets.

Proposal

1. Proposal introduction (What)

StakingTeam was founded by a group of crypto enthusiasts in Milan, Italy; our mission is to help people supporting their favourite project through block validation, gaining rewards in the meantime. It incorporates the TezosTeam project - which is among top 5 largest public Tezos validators in the world – and IoTeXteam project, currently among the Iotex consensus validators (top 18 in the world). 

Staking Team aims at quality over quantity; carefully choosing the best crypto networks to support, our goal is to be among the top validators, in terms of reliability and performance. We invest our own funds in the projects we support because we think skin in the game is necessary to be consistent, and we create online communities for stakeholders. 

The third project we want to launch, support, validate and invest in is Icon.

2. Motivation of the proposal (Why)

- What brought you to become a P-Rep of ICON and what was the motivation for the proposal above?

We want to help people earn interests while supporting their favourite project; we think the incentives alignment is crucial to build a decentralized future for the world. We chose to support Icon because we are impressed with the job the Foundation has done so far, strongly pushing adoption in South Korea and soon everywhere. 

Being Icon one of the best DPoS projects in the space, from a fundamental point of view, we want to create and support a local community (and an international one as well) and participate in the governance, providing valuable help to the Icon growth.

3. Execution plan of the proposal (How)

- How would you actually carry out your proposal? Please elaborate related action items and technical explanation.

Our service will allow people to be 24/7 in contact with us, just like we are doing currently with Tezosteam and Iotexteam. We’ll share our technical expertise and our vision with all the Icon supporters out there.

By becoming a P-Rep, we will be Icon promoters in Italy (and Europe), leveraging our network and our status of major local player; hosting meetups and helping more investors and developers join the community. All these activities will be carried on while maintaining a top performance among validators, like we’re doing already.

Here are the technical details:

Our nodes infrastructure are built on a dedicated hardware and hosted on several Tier 4 datacenter to ensure the maximum availability and a geographic redundancy.

Validator node tasks such as peers connectivity, blocks validation, signing operations and service/administrative functions are splitted, where possible, in order to improve performance and security. Metrics produced by all critical nodes and services are collected, aggregated and used for alerting us.
We also monitor RPC endpoints to get supplemental alerts regarding the networks on which we validate. If any of these endpoints are experiencing a problem we are immediately alerted.

StakingTeam also take all needed measures to prevent and avoid negative impact on block production and validation process in case of a malicious actions.

All front nodes are firewalled and protected with Arbor or Juniper hardware appliances against layer 3,4 and 7 DDoS attacks.
Management access to our nodes is allowed only for whitelisted ip on non standard port and require Multi-Factor authentication.
Communication between our nodes take place only through a private Vlan connection. An additional security level is added, wherever possible, using an HSM (or CloudHSM) for storing and managing private keys on signer nodes.

Secured and geographically distributed data backup, custom built script for real-time monitoring and alerting offer a very high quality service for all stakeholders.

ICON infrastructure configuration:

Main nodes

    Primary and Backup nodes on dedicated hardware hosted in 2 different Tier 4 datacenter
    Cpu 64bit 16-Core 3,5GHz each
    128GB ram
    500GB NVMe SSD disk for OS
    1~4TB NVMe SSD disk for blockchain related stuffs
    Firewall and Arbor appliance protection against layer 3,4 and 7 DDoS attacks
    (Cloud)HSM for signing operations (where applicable)

Service Nodes

    At least 2 service nodes for alert and monitor tools, accounting operations, dashboard, etc.
    Service nodes are able to communicate with our infrastructure only through a private vlan/vpn connection

4. Expected timeline of the proposal (When)

- Provide specific milestones, expected timeline to fulfill your proposal.

More details will be available soon.

Expected Network Information

Germany Dedicated

Main nodes Primary and Backup nodes on dedicated hardware hosted in 2 different Tier 4 datacenter Cpu 64bit 16-Core 3,5GHz each 128GB ram 500GB NVMe SSD disk for OS 1~4TB NVMe SSD disk for blockchain related stuffs Firewall and Arbor appliance protection against layer 3,4 and 7 DDoS attacks (Cloud)HSM for signing operations (where applicable) Service Nodes At least 2 service nodes for alert and monitor tools, accounting operations, dashboard, etc. Service nodes are able to communicate with our infrastructure only through a private vlan/vpn connection

Team Members

Giulio Astarita (Founder) Team Member

Senior executive with over 10 years of experience and MBA degree, Giulio discovered cryptocurrencies in 2013. He felt in love with this revolution, particularly with PoS coins, managing different nodes since the concept was launched by Dash. He firmly believes that any successful idea requires a great team and an even greater community: StakingTeam is just the natural evolution of his passion. Selecting the best projects to let you gain is now his 24h/day mission.

Gianpaolo Eramo (Founder) Team Member

Gianpaolo is passionate about cryptoeconomics, specially game theory and monetary policies. He thinks crypto is the best chance to empower individuals and enhance prosperity and freedom. Staking Team founder and Bitcoin enthusiast since 2014. Former VC firm associate (600M under management), former professional poker player. Master’s degree in Finance from Bocconi University.

ALBERTO MARRONE (Founder) Team Member

Alberto started as a stock trader in 2009 for a Canadian company. He discovered the crypto world in 2014 and only two year later in 2016 he approached cryptocurrencies; after several months of study and analysis of the market and underlying technology, it has become his reference market, on which he trade the most. More and more fascinated by PoS and their nature, trading is no longer his main activity and he decide to devote himself full-time to the StakingTeam project.

ANDREA TORRENTE (CTO) Team Member

Andrea can count on several years of professional experience in managing networks, applications and services with a high availability, scalability and security requirements. He discovered the world of blockchains in 2016 and recently moved his focus into building and managing nodes for decentralized PoS protocols. As a programmer, also developed himself several real-time monitoring and alerting tools and many data/accounting manager utilities.