P-Rep Candidate
Team Information

Pocket/Figment HQ: Tampa Bay, FL

Pocket Network is the team behind Pocket, a global decentralized network allowing any app to connect with any blockchain, on any device. Pocket’s ecosystem enables DApps to interface with any blockchain via a universal decentralized API, enabling blockchain node owners generate new streams of revenue. Figment Networks provides trusted token delegation, secure staking infrastructure & compliance tools for long-term token holders and Proof of Stake blockchains. Beyond providing validation infrastructure, Figment is dedicated to growing PoS blockchains via open source software tools and active governance. Combined, we bring extensive experience in blockchain ecosystems, global node infrastructures, DApp development, and business acumen with operations located in Toronto, Dominican Republic, New York, Chicago, and Tampa Bay.

Proposal

PROPOSAL

1 - Pocket to build a decentralized node infrastructure for the ICON DApp ecosystem that utilizes and rewards ICON node owners.

Infura is a centralized infrastructure for DApps which interface with Ethereum and now accounts for over 60% of Ethereum’s traffic. Pocket’s goal is to give ICON DApps a decentralized infrastructure to streamline development and ensure ICON has a truly trustless and resilient ecosystem. This is possible with Pocket’s decentralized node infrastructure ecosystem that rewards every ICON node owners who participate in serving ICON DApps.

This significantly simplifies DApp development by freeing devs from needing run their own ICON node or pay a 3rd party hosting service. With the flip of switch, any ICON DApp could talk with the ICON platform on a decentralized infrastructure. ICON would have an infrastructure for DApps as simple as Ethereum’s Infura, but entirely decentralized.

Pocket Network, Inc. will take on actively contributing code to ICON’s well developed SDKs to link DApps with ICON nodes in a decentralized manner via Pocket. As a P-Rep, Pocket Network, Inc. will provide ICON DApp developers and ICON node owners with support and always up-to-date resources to take an active role in the expansion of ICON’s ecosystem.

2 - Figment to provide top tier P-Rep node that scales to accommodate ICON’s network expansion.

Figment Networks, a leader in the staking space, will provide P-Rep node scaled secure and  resilient infrastructure on the ICON network. Figment will be the managing force behind the P-Rep node itself, ensuring uptime  and reliability with a mixed hardware and multi-cloud environment.

With experience in actively serving customers in DPoS and POS blockchains, Figment has much to offer the larger ICON ecosystem. Figment’s involvement in the P-Rep community brings a deep knowledge base in a variety of areas ranging from technology to decentralized governance.

MOTIVATION

Pocket and Figment are actively building solutions in the blockchain space, and ICON is being positioned as a future-focused platform.  Most team members have industry experience in delegated proof of stake systems or blockchain interoperability, and have been following ICON closely as a competent technological leader.  With this we are motivated to join ICON in the next major step, support the ecosystem, and contribute to its future.

EXECUTION and TIMELINE

This is how a Pocket/Figment P-Rep can help support ICON’s mission to hyperconnect the world:

  1. Contribute to ICON SDK and streamlining ICON DApp development | September-November 2019

  2. Provide video tutorials, documentation, and developer support to DApps and ICON nodes | December 2019

  3. Partner with ICON P-Reps and nodes to enable a new source of revenue | Q1 2020

  4. Employ a top tier P-Rep node in Montréal, Canada | 

  5. Contribute to governance with notable experience in decentralized ecosystem | 

 

We have identified an alignment with our missions for growing decentralized ecosystems and believe that by supporting ICON as a P-Rep, Pocket Network, Inc. and Figment Networks can provide strategic advantages that incentive ICON growth.

Expected Network Information

Montréal, QC, Canada Cloud

Intel Xeon CPU @ 3.00GHz; 36 vCPU; 72G Ram; SSD Storage; 16 Gbps Network; 1TB replicated SSD disk

Team Members

Shane Burgett Team Member

Shane Burgett is Head of Business Development at Pocket Network, Inc. and has 4+ years experience with business development and marketing with both startup and blockchain projects. He has lead team initiatives in areas of decentralized governance, community management, marketing, and partnership development. His ability to understand technologies and find business synergies has resulted in new opportunities and partnerships with 70+ blockchains. He’s excited to work more closely in the ICON ecosystem and uncover new ways to create value.

Luis C. de Leon Team Member

Luis C. de Leon is CTO and a co-founder of Pocket Network, Inc. Luis has technical lead and co-founder for several startups both in his native Dominican Republic and the US, and has worked with multiple others both as a technical lead or adviser to enhance both their operations and technical execution. As CTO of Pocket, Luis is one of the co-authors of the Pocket Network protocol, and developed DApps on Ethereum and AION platforms. He's consulted with over 20 projects about decentralized infrastructures using Pocket as a streamlined solution.

Patrick Maguire Team Member

Patrick Maguire is the Marketing Director for Pocket Network. He has worked the past 5 years navigating the intrinsics of blockchain projects and their communities. He has helped crypto-startups in the past design and manage community coordination programs such as bounty systems, proposal dispute and resolution processes, as well as cross-community communications. Patrick is passionate about the strategy and development of autonomous collectives.

Lorien Gabel Team Member

Lorien Gabel is a co-founder at Figment Networks. He is a serial entrepreneur with over 20+ years of operational, technological, and marketing leadership focused on Internet infrastructure. Prior to Figment, he successfully founded and scaled three start-ups (Interlog Internet Services, BOAW Networks and Pingg.com). He has also been a member of the senior leadership team of two other high-growth technology ventures (MessageLabs and Web.com) and has mentored, advised and directly invested in numerous startups. Lorien attended York University (1989-91) and earned his LLB (1993) at the age of 24 from Canada's Osgoode Hall law school. Lorien has lived and worked in Kuala Lumpur, Los Angeles, Toronto, Jackson Hole and New York City where he currently lives with his wife and son.

Matt Harrop Team Member

Matt Harrop is CTO and co-founder of Figment Networks. He is a self-taught computer engineer, entrepreneur and investor with 20+ years experience. Matt founded Interlog Internet Services in 1994, one of Canada’s first commercial IP transit networks. At Interlog he built and scaled a range a range of services including domain name registration, web hosting and the first consumer & business offering of high speed internet in Canada. Matt also recruited and managed a team of 50+ engineers. In 1999 Matt co-founded BOAW Networks a national data center and hosting service provider. Between start-ups Matt spent 5 years racing and living aboard sailboats. During this time he crossed the Atlantic 4 times, and then the Pacific to Australia before returning to New York City to co-found his third start-up Pingg. Matt has also been an early stage investor+mentor to numerous startups, including Suite1521, Coursecraft, Bugrocket, HonkMobile, Edge Cast, and Lending Club. Matt currently lives in Toronto with his wife and two sons.