How Decisions of KysenPool’s Validator setup helped strengthened our position to becoming a highly staked operator

A storm was brewing and it was the launch of the Harmony Open Staking Network. Unlike the successful MainNet launch for Cosmos, the stablecoin oracle pricings in Terra, the masternodes for Fusion, the slots in Cardano, and the trusted UNL in XRP. Harmony’s Open Staking felt a little … different.

KysenPool has been participating as a Foundational Node Operator of Harmony nodes since Day One to help Harmony operate nodes as a third party as a decentralization trial run to mature the consensus protocol. The trial run during the year helped Harmony’s team with stabilizing its protocol, engaging with a…


A story of how KysenPool launched a Macro-Economic Insights blockchain dashboard, the Cosmos Outpost

Courtesy of “Minority Report”

Ihave a dream. A vision where people could go about their lives to seamlessly interact with a secured and decentralized network, powered by blockchains, without actually knowing it. This is a common vision amongst the blockchain community, but not very common in folks outside of this airwave. People will do what they do today while doing commerce, enforcing the law, communicating with others — at work or at home — without needing to fully understanding what helps make those interactions happen seamlessly, confidently, securely and even privately.

“The world of blockchain will one day be buried in an underlying communication…


Built in the spirit of visualizing macroeconomic blockchain insights of Cosmos in an effort to bring an awareness to all crypto communities on the importance of stepping back to look at the bigger picture

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The Outpost API was first built to support the Tendermint-base Cosmos Network to discover the underlying trends of this year-old blockchain. As part of building out KysenPool, we realized that there were quite a number of efforts to build out chain explorers and diving into chain analytics, but there was little emphasis on visualizing what the underlying trends really looks like.

There could be a lot of hype in a particular chain but when rubber meets the road, the analysis of the trends of how practical each blockchain is being used will reveal its true value, especially if it reveals…


Discover the patterns found while exploring blockchain ledger contents while observing Proof-of-Stake transactions

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Blockchain Transparency

Most blockchains are built to be transparent, meaning you can retrieve the transaction details without requiring to ask for permission to do so. Whether you’re an investor, software developer, or just a typical user, one should first gain insights about whether their involvements are going to be worth it.

The activities within a blockchain ledger is full of unorganized data that cannot be easily summed into information of value. Data is the new oil! Get insights into what activities are happening and that’ll provide a point of reference as to where the state of a particular blockchain initiative is at.

Curiosity Strikes


A story of how Harmony pushes through in building an Open Consensus Protocol for 10 Billion People

Courtesy of “Ready Player One”

The Harmony team is a growing and exciting journey with major developments every day, week and month. Being a witness at the fringes, it has been an exciting journey. As I continue to be in awe on how the team continues to push forth with its vision to build a consensus protocol for the masses, their story is truly an inspiration to many.

There is no stopping the force from the growing Harmony team. The jury is still out hence they’re still pushing hard. …


Cosmos Validators are incentivized to run nodes to receive commissioned rewards. Discover how a community was formed as the story unfolds.

Proof-of-Stake node operators receive minimal rewards to run nodes in the network but they’re very motivated. Why is that? There’s a story behind this as we zoom out to see the larger picture

I took a stab at this research some time ago to seek out and understand the incentive models behind Cosmos, a Proof-of-Stake blockchain, that powers an implementation of Cosmos called the Cosmos Hub network. …


Is it worth the effort to stake and earn Cosmos ATOM token rewards? Let’s find out…

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Is it Worth It?

Does Cosmos ATOM staking rewards beat the S&P 500’s 30-year historical 6.7% annual returns?

Answer? The math says yes. Cosmos staking currently returns over 10% in token rewards according to the findings from StakingRewards.com.

What’s the Catch?

The catch is that ATOMs are not stable stable coins, fiat currencies (i.e. the US Dollar), or other government backed currencies in our recent memory. ATOM fluctuates, by a lot. But once you delegate the ATOM tokens to a bonded and active Cosmos Validator, you’re guaranteed a return of over 10% in ATOM tokens.

Volatility goes both ways

Why place my hard earned money into a highly volatile virtual asset…


Wondering what the expected value baked into Cosmos ATOMs are today?

“The Cosmos blockchain has the expected value of running 40,000 TPS and beyond”

Here’s why…

Comparing Cosmos to a real world system

You have to pretty much compare what Cosmos’ interconnected blockchain can be used for in today’s real world for applications hosted on the Cloud. This is really difficult and unfair to compare with, but it’s a comparison that I’m very familiar with.

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Foreword

Think of Cosmos Validators as a set of computers tied together with some sort of agreed upon relationships or protocol (e.g. TCP/IP, Practical Byzantine Fault Tolerance, etc.) and that it can serve the higher network layers, to serve users a specific purpose. For…


A few months ago, I published an article on how one could build a censorship-resistant community. Even better, eating one’s own dog food. As most public blockchains are natively censorship-resistant, how else better to find proof in the pudding to have a community on such a platform discuss about Blockchains in a meaningfully distributed and decentralized blockchain.

This is an extension of that discussion which suggest mechanics one could use to empower the a content platform that carry the structure of the Four C’s — Community, Content, Commerce and Curriculum from my previous article.

What do incentives look like? It’s…


Censorship-resistant communities incentivized to form opinions on blockchain projects, with blockchains, for blockchains! Well, that’s a mouthful…

When I first heard about blockchain several years ago, I spent countless hours sifting through the thick and thin of reviews about each one blockchain project I reviewed. The whitepaper themselves outlay the vision, but many folks have different opinions about them, and it was very difficult to discern the good and the bad when the marketing engines kick in.

The amount of time and energy I’d to spend reading through a review and later on figured the strength and weaknesses of their…

Jack Chan

Engineering away at Web Scalability and Blockchains

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