MXC AMA Recap Session with Dan, Srini and Peter from Sentinel (DVPN)
Guests: Dan Edlebeck, CEO of Exidio; Srini Baride, CTO of Exidio; Peter Mancuso, COO of Exidio
Host: Iris of MXC Exchange
Peter: Hi, thank you for having us here today @i_m_iris ! I am Peter, the COO of Exidio, the software company building on Sentinel. I have over 12 years of experience leading diverse teams and bootstrapping companies, I have worked both cross functionally in pre-revenue and Fortune 500 companies. @DanExidio introduced me to Exidio and Sentinel during our MBA program in Boston. I’m excited for this AMA today!
Dan: Hey everyone! I’m Dan — CEO of Exidio. I first got involved in crypto while serving in the United States Peace Corps in Costa Rica. I began a personal journey discovering personal finance and understanding traditional markets and quickly went down the crypto rabbit hole. I have always been a follower and early adopter of emerging technology so it was a natural fit. It’s been a great five year journey since!
Srini: Hi, I am Srinivas Baride, working as CTO at Exidio. I am from India, and have 4+ years of professional experience in development. Worked on multiple things including and have experience in Backend, Frontend, Cloud, Blockchain, dApps etc.
Iris:Great! Nice to have you all!
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Questions from community
Iris: What is Sentinel (dVPN)? Can you share with us more in detail?
Dan: Decentralized VPN is different from normal VPN companies in the architecture of the network. Decentralized VPN is a peer-to-peer Network where anyone can offer their excess bandwidth to the network and in exchange they will learn evpn tokens. Others that want to get access to VPN can plug into the different decentralized VPN nodes that are offering bandwidth. They can rot their traffic through those bandwidth providers. In centralized VPN companies they can be shut down because they’re running on centralized servers. However, on the Sentinel decentralized VPN protocol it is far more robust with a global set of nodes and they are all running independently offering excess bandwidth to the network.
Iris: Yeah I believe some of us use VPN pretty much everyday. Interesting project!
Iris: What triggers you to launch Sentinel (dVPN)? What are some of the real-world problems/ pain points that dVPN aims to solve?
Srini: Decentralized VPN changes the landscape for consumer access to VPN. Users of centralized normal VPN companies are at the risk of having their data being tracked and sold and used against them. Centralized DPN companies have been known to do this even though they claim they are not logging user data. On top of this, many centralized VPN companies have there IP address is blacklisted and do not have the ability to give access to content. However, on the Sentinel decentralized VPN protocol there is no one company or entity that can log user data. It is truly an open-sourced and probably end-to-end encrypted Network. It is also more resilient with the global distributed nice network. This makes it far more capable of getting access to otherwise denied sites.
Iris: What are some of the challenges that dVPN currently face? How do you aim to solve them?
Dan: The biggest challenge for decentralized VPN is the adoption. Sentinel adoption with DPVN products currently has over 200,000 users across the globe including many in China and the Middle East and Africa and Europe and North America. We are seeing incredible growth in adoption. However the adoption asymmetry is already very large between centralized VPN companies and the Sentinel dVPN. The biggest opportunity for Sentinel to gain incredible adoption is for decentralized VPN node hosts to continue to grow on the network offering bandwidth. As more note house offer bandwidth, they will be generating revenue and also growing the supply side of the network. As the supply side grows it will be easy to grow the demand side is there are many people that want to build their own VPN companies on top of the Sentinel dVPN protocol.
Iris: Awesome! Looking forward to dVPN mass adoption!
Iris: Are there any exciting news or updates with regards to Sentinel (dVPN) that you would like to share with the users?
Peter: Yes, after three years in the making, Sentinel is finally on mainnet on Cosmos! The project went on mainnet on Saturday and it has been an incredible week so far. The entire Cosmos Community has been very excited and Incredibly welcoming of Sentinel on to the network. As a part of the growth, the SNT Foundation offered a private offering for institutional investors in the blockchain space. The project is proud to have many top Venture funds, validators, thought leaders, and important players in the cosmos ecosystem all supporting the project. The project is well capitalized and has a bright future ahead. Sentinel just had a feature article in coindesk: coindesk.com/sentinel-decentralized-vpn-protocol-cosmos-mainnet.
Iris: If you were to summarize your project in 1 word, what would it be? Why?
Dan: Ohh that’s a good question: I would say the word would be Resilient.
I’ll let you know my thoughts.
Iris: Great choice of word!
Dan: The word resilient speaks well to both the Sentinel network as well as the important contributors to the project. Unlike centralized VPNs, the Sentinel dVPN network is incredibly robust. It will not go down unless the validators that validate The Sentinel blockchain go down. With this distributed architecture, the network is incredibly anti-fragile and resilient. As long as validators are validating the blockchain, and the blockchains is active, the Sentinel dVPN protocol also remains active.
The core team at Exidio has also proven to be incredibly resilient. Regardless of the obstacles that have been thrown at the team, be them personal life, other professional interests, or the challenges of a day-to-day incredibly complicated start up, we have continued to stay focused and committed to ensuring that we will see decentralized VPN Mass adoption. Everything we do is with this goal in mind. With this as a frame, we are able to maintain a long-term vision and work day in and day out knowing that everything we’re doing is contributing to Growing the power of decentralized VPN. It has been incredibly cool to see my teammates rise to the challenge time and again and this is what makes me so confident in the long-term success of our project. We are resilient.
Q1. How can i stake dvpn?@SamiuL25
Dan: This is a great question — we have a blog dedicated to the entire process :)
The staking rewards are top notch! Over 80% APY right now
Q2. How many wallets that can support Your Token until now? And do you have any plan to build your own wallet?@sky2144
Yes, we DO have our own wallet that @ironman0x7b2 has helped with others to build! You can also use the @Cosmostation Wallet.
This guide goes over both options!
Q3. Are you a global project or local project? Are you planning to promote your project in different countries, where English is not good? Do you have a local community for them to better understand LauchZOne project?@Marjadan_Fx90
Peter: First question out of the gate! We are a global project. The team at Exidio and other community members of Sentinel are spread across the world. It has proven successful and I love working with a diverse group of people!
The regional Sentinel community groups are not only important for the regional communication channels, but also for the global customer acquisition for the Sentinel dVPN and the other dVPN applications being built ontop of the Sentinel Network. (I think I included most, if not all, of the community channels here:
Sentinel Global Community Network 🇺🇳
🇯🇵 Japanese Community — https://t.me/sentineljapan
🇹🇭 Thai Community — https://t.me/Sentinel_Th
🇨🇳Chinese Community — https://t.me/Sentinel_Chinese
🇮🇹Italian Community — https://t.me/Sentinel_ITALIA
🇯🇵 Japanese Community — https://t.me/sentineljapan
🇮🇷Iranian Community — https://t.me/Sentinel_iran
🇷🇺Russian Community — https://t.me/sentinel_ru
🇹🇭Thai Community — https://t.me/Sentinel_Th
🇪🇸Spanish Community — https://t.me/SentinelES
🇻🇳Vietnamese Community — https://t.me/sentinel_Vietnam
🚀Sentinel Main Chat — https://t.me/sentinel_co
🛠Sentinel Node Network — https://t.me/SentinelNodeNetwork
🏴☠️Sentinel Trollbox — https://t.me/SentinelTrollbox
Sentinel Discord — https://discord.gg/bHJbar4
Sentinel Twitter — https://twitter.com/Sentinel_co
Sentinel Reddit — https://www.reddit.com/r/SENT/
Sentinel Medium — https://medium.com/sentinel
There are many links and community channels that you can join! You can also see the Twitter, Reddit, and Medium pages above for Sentinel