Following the recent blog post by WAX, we, EOS Amsterdam, have decided to announce our WAX Guild candidacy. We have always been big fans of the developments made by the WAX team and are happy to join the network as a WAX Guild candidate. In this post, we will introduce ourselves following the guidelines described in the latest post by the WAX team.
Who are we?
EOS Amsterdam is a tech company located in Amsterdam which was founded in 2017 with the aim to contribute to the EOSIO ecosystem and accelerate the mainstream adoption of EOSIO blockchains. What started as a team of 3 blockchain enthusiasts has quickly grown to become a team of 9 experienced and talented EOSIO specialists who are working daily to add value to the EOSIO ecosystem.
EOS Amsterdam aims to accelerate EOSIO mass adoption through building projects and by focusing on security, governance, and intercultural cooperation using our strong team, which has many combined years of experience in various industries ranging from governance to security to entrepreneurship and is currently working on many exciting projects such as Wordproof, Europechain and FACT.
We are looking forward to contributing to the WAX ecosystem.
Our official WAX Guild (candidate) name will be ‘amsterdamwax’
Our current team consists of the following members:
Founder / CEO / Strategy
An experienced entrepreneur, active in information security and compliance for more than twenty years. Founder and shareholder of Kahuna , a respected managed security services provider. Rhett has extensive experience with fast-growing enterprises and is the lucky owner of a prestigious Deloitte Fast 50 Sustainable Growth award. His experience is a very valuable contribution to the EOSIO ecosystem.
Founder / Legal / Advisor
Trained to become a techie, Jetse chose law over physics to become an inspiring legal advisor with blockchain law knowledge. He has twenty years of experience in all legal aspects of technology and is partner in a reputable firm. Jetse specializes in contract law, tokenization of ownership, digital governance, data protection and intellectual property.
In the early Internet days, he founded security provider Onsight and grew the company to over 200 employees, before it was acquired by KPN. As a serial tech-entrepreneur he founded Abibia, a block chain lab, co-founded EOS Amsterdam and Planviewer and is closely involved in several block chain, data analytics and cyber security investments.
cc32d9 is a senior engineer with over 20 years of experience in software and network engineering. He is also an avid contributor to the EOSIO ecosystem and is best known for his projects Chronicle and Light API, which are used by many Dapps in the ecosystem.
Community Relations Manager
Yannick is an early Ethereum investor and an avid cryptocurrency enthusiast. He is an expert at breaking down complex topics around cryptocurrencies and blockchain into relatable terms for cryptocurrency beginners. He has extensive experience as a community manager and has been educating people about cryptocurrencies for many years.
Chinese Community Leader
Brian comes from Nanjing, China and was a student of International Business at Arnhem Business School in the Netherlands. Since he joined EOS community, he has been closing the communication gap between the West and China. Brian represents EOS Amsterdam in the Chinese community and interacts with the Chinese EOS community to facilitate communication.
EOS Amsterdam and Europechain Ambassador
Charismatic and results focused entrepreneur with broad experience in international sales and business development. A dynamic achiever with an outstanding record of success in sales and new business development. Analytical thinker with excellent negotiating and consultative selling skills. A proven track record in building successful companies and scaling them globally.
Operations Partner / EOS Amsterdam and Europechain Ambassador
Kahuna Managing Security BV is responsible for the 7*24 operations and security monitoring of the EOS Amsterdam systems. Daniel van Slochteren is the CEO of Kahuna. Kahuna is a sister company of EOS Amsterdam Block Producer BV, 100% owned by The Lounge Capital BV.
Wordpress Partner / EOS Amsterdam and Europechain Ambassador
Bas is the founder of WordPress agency “Van Ons”. Bas is a strong believer in EOS as the platform to make our data ours again. What WordPress is for the content management industry will the EOSIO software be for the blockchain industry. A great example of Open Source leadership. Also co-founder of WordProof.
Our team has many combined years of experience in deploying and working with complex systems in various industries. We used this experience to set up a robust and reliable infrastructure capable of supporting EOS, BOS and Europechain and now WAX as well.
Our current bare metal servers are located in Amsterdam and Frankfurt. Our WAX servers will be located in the same location. We will start with Dell R230 machines equipped with an Intel Quad-Core Xeon E3–1270v6 processor, with a clock speed of up to 4 GHz and 64 GB DDR4 RAM. On top of that, we will have four 480 GB SSDs. We will start with 64 GB of RAM as we believe this will be sufficient in the start.We will actively monitor our infrastructure to ensure our network is up to network standards.
Due to the way our infrastructure is set up, we are able to upgrade our hardware in a timely manner if the network demands it.
Our CTO, cc32d9, can be reached on Telegram at @cc32d9. You can also find us in our Telegram.
EOS Amsterdam aims to accelerate EOSIO mass adoption through projects, security, governance, and intercultural cooperation, which is why we consider the community aspect of our operations paramount. As a result of this we have been actively developing and funding projects that benefit the whole EOSIO community. We have also been focusing on attending and hosting various events and meetups to bring the whole EOSIO community together. We will show some examples of what we have been working on and what we plan on working on in the future below.
Bridging the East and the West
EOS Amsterdam focuses on different communities and has always aimed to bridge communities in the East and West. We have done so by attending and hosting a lot of meetups, conferences and more around the world, connecting with Chinese and Korean enterprises and by making sure our website is available in both Chinese and English.
We have also been focusing on publishing all kinds of useful articles and explanatory videos to give everyone an opportunity to learn about EOS. This is a key concept for us as we believe EOS should be available for everyone.
As said before we are doing more than just hosting events and bridging the East and West, we are working on many projects as well! Our main projects are the following:
- WordProof: WordProof is WordPress on the blockchain. WordPress is a textbook example of a community which is stronger than any other commercial company. With more than 100 million sites and thousands of Open Source developers, it dominates 32,5% of the worldwide Content Management System market. The purpose of WordProof is to generate the go-to WordPress to Blockchain bridge, bringing the benefits of Blockchain to the WordPress community in a user-friendly way.
- Europechain: Europechain is a GDPR compliant blockchain platform. Powered by the EOSIO protocol, it is managed and governed by experienced block producers registered in the European Union. Europechain brings together an ecosystem of technology providers, system integrators and commercial partners enabling global enterprises to deploy scalable, resilient and EU compliant applications.
- FACT: FACT is a powerful tool to capture events and evidence and record the data as FACTs onto the blockchain for audit and traceability. FACT is flexible and fully customisable to work with your existing processes. Simple for users, powerful for businesses. FACT is powered by Europechain and delivers a toolbox for the recording of events using a simple smartform. Data is captured and then recorded on Europechain, proving that what is recorded is factual and accurate.
Besides these projects, we are continuously looking at new opportunities to either create or fund new projects and will continue to do so in the future.
Onboarding of gaming clients
All of our team members are well-connected within their respective industries with many of our team members having strong connections in the gaming industry. Using these connections we plan on onboarding the gaming industry onto WAX, benefiting the whole WAX community.
These strong ties with various enterprises in the gaming industry will also help us understand enterprise needs and will allow us to act on these needs, making the WAX chain better and more appealing to companies seeking to tokenize their digital assets.
EOS Amsterdam and our project Europechain are partners with Strongblock, identical to WAX. Together with Strongblock, we share many of the same values, like a focus on governance and a belief that many applications that use databases will have an alternative by using blockchain technology as the underlying technology.
Following the WAX Guild candidate criteria, we would also like to express our vision on various subjects.
We consider governance to be a valuable asset of EOSIO technology. Our team has plenty of experience with (digital) governance and most notably has Jetse Sprey, who has over twenty years of experience in all legal aspects of technology and is a partner in a reputable legal firm. Thanks to this experience we were able to (co-)author the EOS Community Constitution (ECC) and have been able to help enterprises and projects with the legal aspect of their operations. Our expertise in digital governance will certainly come handy when it comes to resolving situations in the grey area that is the legal side of blockchains, especially digital assets.
As a result of our expertise in governance, we have become a well-respected entity in the governance space. Being a knowledgeable entity in the (digital) governance space has always been an important asset of EOS Amsterdam.
Transparency and accountability
To ensure honesty and good intent of block producers transparency and accountability are a must. EOS Amsterdam is committed to remaining as transparent as possible. We have always shared our ownership information, continuously updated our community on what we have been up to and much more, which we plan on continuing to do so in the future.
Security is an important aspect of all blockchains. We value the security side of our operations a lot, the solidity and overall secureness of our systems is paramount. Our systems are continuously monitored by Kahuna, a sister company of EOS Amsterdam which focuses on cybersecurity. Many of our team members also have a background in cybersecurity, with Rhett being the founder and former CEO of Kahuna.
To ensure the integrity of the blockchain the infrastructure of Guilds needs to be both reliable and fast. We believe in continuously monitoring and improving our infrastructure and making sure our infrastructure is up to the task. Our previous experience from operating on other EOSIO chains will also be very valuable when operating on WAX. Besides this, we also believe in developing tools to support the WAX ecosystem.