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~20% APY
Cro’s Nest Validator

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We provide the combined expertise of five of the top contributors to the Crypto.org Main-Net Dry Run competition and Croeseid Test-Net in operating a world-class, distributed, and redundant validator node for the Crypto.org CRO Blockchain. Not only do we push the network forward proposing, verifying, and signing transaction blocks as often as every few seconds; we also provide all CRO holders the opportunity to stake alongside us, accessing the chain’s staggering 20% APY rewards.

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As service providers to those pioneering investors who choose to entrust our node with their stake, we pledge the following:

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As service providers to those pioneering investors who choose to entrust our node with their stake, we pledge the following:

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FAQ

What is the Crypto.org blockchain and what is staking?

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In summary, the Crypto.org Blockchain is the peer-to-peer distributed ledger network on which the CRO coin exists and operates. To stake some amount of your own CRO means you lock your coin up and commit it to support an existing network validator node. These nodes are the building blocks of the network itself. In exchange for this lock-up, if the validator you have chosen is active and operational you will accrue rewards (roughly 20% APY minus commissions expected on a 100% operational node) in CRO. Please refer to https://crypto.org/ for more information. All numbers and comments here are subject to change on or before the chain launches on March 25th, 2021.

What is your commission?

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We have set a 10% fee, which means that you'll receive roughly 18% APY on your stake.

I could be earning around 20% APY on my stake, but I must trust someone with my capital?

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Absolutely not. You’ve probably heard the adage: "not your keys, not your coins". Never has this been truer than today, with so many services and exchanges taking custody of your coin in exchange of their services and, sometimes, small interests. Truth is that all that coin is out of your control. If the company disappears, a wallet is hacked, a password lost, so is your coin. When delegating (staking) your capital to a validator node, you are “lending your staking power” to the node, which locks your coin (you may not use it to trade until you have disengaged your coin and waited a 21-day cool-down period). The coin never leaves your wallet and can never be acted upon other than by your own private keys.

What is the minimum amount I must delegate in order to take part in staking?

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No minimum at all, you just need more than naught. You may stake as much as you like, for how long as you like and as often as you like.

Are you running your validator node from your home?

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No! Several operators on this and other networks feel like they can operate a functional node at home, through a residential connection on a home PC, perhaps even a laptop.
We do not have any portion of our infrastructure on domestic systems.

Why not operate from your home?

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Home computers and home internet connections have evolved massively in the last few years, and adoption has soared. This is great, but it also means traffic is—much like for cars on a busy highway—very congested and prone to accidents. It’s common for a home connection to drop for a few seconds, or even become unavailable for a few hours. This, alone, would lead to a failed validator. A single power outage, a broken component, even an innocuous everyday accident might cause a home-based solution to become unavailable, leading to jail time, lost signatures, and a slashed capital.

Where do you operate from?

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We have deployed our infrastructure around the world. A core network of dedicated servers, each hosted at a different premium datacenter, is always supported by a second layer of dynamically and statically provisioned VPS hosts with over 30 dedicated public IPs available.
It may sound like a lot, but in our experience, it's what it takes to weather the stormy turbulence of a successful blockchain. You could sign 100% of the blocks using a Raspberry Pi connected to a rural DSL, until transactions start mounting up. If there is congestion, forget to even try. With months of combined experience running several test validators on all available testnet environments, including the Crossfire resilience challenge.

What if something breaks down?

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Each component of the validator network is redundant. No single point of failure exists. The worst-case scenario, where the actual validation server becomes unavailable, signing would only be stopped for a few minutes ensuring no possibility of double signing might take place. A fully redundant, ready-to-go validation node hosted in a separate location takes over until the main server is deemed operational.

How are you alerted, should any failure occur?

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We have put in place a tiered alert system which will notify us of any system instability or failure directly. Should we start missing blocks, we would be wakened up by our phones ringing, error report, and coffee in toe.

Is this completely risk-free money?

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There is a lot less risk than in many other endeavors, however it is essential that you are aware of the risks that DO exist when staking on the Crypto.org network. There are four major risks associated with staking:
a. You are locking up your capital: You will have to wait the unbonding period before you will be able to transfer, trade, or dispose of your coin. This will reduce your ability to react to sudden shifts in the market or in personal conditions. The exchange value of your coin at the start of a stake may be vastly different than at the end.
b. You may choose an inactive validator: On the Crypto.org network only the top 100 validators will be considered active and receive rewards. This means that anyone delegating to validators deemed inactive will be locking their coin in exchange of no rewards but all the same risks. Fortunately, there is no cost and no delay to moving your stake from a node to another, active node.
c. Slashing: Slashing is the more common and less painful punishment for misbehaving or poorly managed validators. When a validator fails to sign over 999 blocks over the last 2000, its role as validator is suspended for one hour (or more if the operator isn’t attentive). When this happens, all staked capital is “slashed” (reduced) by 0.1%, and no blocks will be signed and rewarded during jail time.
d. Tombstoning: This is the worst possible scenario; you have staked your money to a node that has become compromised or misconfigured to an extent that it caused a fatal error. That validator key has been revoked and all capital is slashed by 5% and is final. Again, you always retain full control of your coin and may move it to any other node. Choosing a well-managed, enterprise-grade service provider will mitigate all the above. Please refer to https://www.crypto.org for more information. All numbers and comments here are subject to change on or before the chain launches on March 25th, 2021.