We are delighted to announce the publication of our Loom Network Investment Thesis.

You can download it on Slideshare:

So why, you might ask yourself, would Chorus One, a leading infrastructure provider for decentralized networks, write an investment thesis about a decentralized network? Isn’t that best left to research analysts? Shouldn’t infrastructure providers stick to running validator nodes?

And running a validator node is easy, right? Someone else writes the code, so you download the software, install it, configure it and you are done. Right?

Well, no. Not really. Not at all, actually.

When Chorus One commits to running a piece of decentralized infrastructure we have every intention of being highly involved with that network for years to come.

We don’t just read all the documentation available. In fact, sometimes there is very little documentation and what is there can often be out of date. So we dive into the code. We understand every detail of the consensus mechanisms, the software configuration options, the potential attack vectors and the application interfaces. We need to know how to run these nodes 24/7/365, so we have to instrument everything, i.e. we need to get visibility of everything that is happening in the network, with real-time data feeds. We need to ensure we can integrate logging, monitoring, alerting, analytics, and fully automate all aspects of the delivery pipeline.

We also commit to being highly engaged community members. We will be actively involved in every governance decision. We will monitor every pull request to see what changes are being made to the codebase to determine if they will impact the security and robustness of our infrastructure or the network at large. We propose changes to the protocols. We contribute code. We build open-source tools for other validators to use. Most importantly, we are always there for our delegators to provide them with advice, to answer their questions and to act as their technical / governance representatives in community discussions.

Most of all we evangelize. We validate on a network because we believe in its vision. The competition between networks is going to be intense. Only the networks that can clearly articulate the value they provide will survive. We are a communications partner for the networks we run. We produce blogs and video podcast updates to educate and inform users, developers, investors and other ecosystem participants.

In short, we make a major long-term investment in a network when we decide to run a validator node. And therefore, we treat the decision like an investment decision. We need to know the size of the opportunity, to map out the ecosystem, to understand the use cases, to assess the competitive threats and the regulatory landscape. We need to assess the overall strategy, the go-to-market, and the cryptoeconomics. Then we need to consolidate all of this information into an overarching thesis so that we can make a go/no-go decision.

Today we are announcing the release of our Loom Investment Thesis, a 26-page document that captures the results of our research to date. We are releasing this document to the community so that everyone can have a chance to learn about this great project.

Last Friday (February 15th) we launched our Loom validator. LOOM token holders can now delegate their tokens to us. The maximum yield on Loom tokens is currently set at 15% (after commissions) in Year 1, so it’s a great opportunity to earn returns on your crypto investment. To find out how to delegate your tokens check out our step by step tutorial here:

https://blog.chorus.one/how-to-stake-loom/

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