EOS Titan is a group of individuals involved in software development, telecommunications, encryption and blockchain technologies. Our team is composed of early adopters of cryptocurrencies who share the ethos of the ecosystem and we are looking forward to bringing the industry one step further towards the goal of massively decentralized governance and financial structures.
As a block producer candidate, our priorities are to secure the EOS blockchain, ensure the network operates in a resilient, reliable and efficient manner, and to scale it responsibly while maintaining adequate decentralized segregation of roles and responsibilities. Our team is self-funded, giving us the ability to move quickly and independently from external influence.
With offices in Montreal, Canada and Sofia, Bulgaria, the group of individuals behind EOS Titan has access to over 60+ software developers, engineers and IT professionals through their respective companies, has extensive experience with blockchain technologies, building enterprise software and hardware solutions, and with large-scale secure delivery of content over a variety of transport mechanisms and hardware.
Our vision for the EOS network is to establish the de facto standard collaborative platform for the execution of smart-contracts while maintaining a rigorous independence from state-controlled and corporate interests. We value privacy, censorship-resistance, antifragility and free markets ideological tenets, and our decisions are guided by these principles.
As the EOS ecosystem matures, we intend to join our efforts to those of the EOS developers and community to help build open-source scaling, load-balancing and censorship-resistance solutions for block producers, DApps and nodes servicing EOS blockchain(s).
In addition, we intend to develop a decentralized, secure streaming content delivery infrastructure and marketplace running over the EOS network, to help in the continuous battle to preserve freedom of speech and privacy over the Internet. As EOS is the first blockchain platform to enable such an ambitious project, we stand fully committed to its success and we believe our election as block producer will strengthen the network tremendously.
EOS Titan’s main block producer node hardware configuration is a self-hosted SuperMicro rack configured with four(4) dedicated SBI-7127R-SH processor blades, deployed in our datacenter in Sofia, Bulgaria (full fiber optic coverage over the country), over a dedicated 1 Gbps upstream and downstream connection to begin with. As the network requirements for bandwidth increase, we can easily increase our bandwidth to up to 40 Gbps.
If elected as block producer, we will also be deploying a mirror configuration of our block producer node in Montreal, Canada, for failover and redundancy. In addition, we will deploy 4 additional public-facing, cloud-based instances running full nodes in distinct geographic locations, for additional rapid dissemination of EOS blockchain data and peer discovery.
We operate state-of-the-art 24/7 network and load monitoring tools and our infrastructure is built for maximum uptime and reliability. We also have very easy horizontal and vertical scaling pathways and can rapidly upgrade existing nodes or deploy additional hardware, as well as dedicate additional bandwidth as the network load increases.
As we operate our own Internet Service Provider (ARIN ASN Number 55172) and are part of a Border Gateway Protocol routing network with other ISPs, our infrastructure is extremely robust against DDOS and other types of attacks, and has been extensively battle-hardened, reliably delivering large volumes of high-speed encrypted streaming data to our users worldwide, for more than a decade.
EOS Titan is committed to providing reliable and secure block production, and scaling infrastructure required by the EOS network at every stage of its growth. Each member of our team contributed significant resources toward the EOS distribution and our interests are aligned with those of the community to support the growth and well being of the EOS ecosystem.
Our plan is to reinvest block rewards in improving our block production infrastructure, and to finance the development of an open-source EOS based software / smart-contract platform to allow the transfer of high quality, secure streaming content, as well as various scaling tools for block producers, DApps and nodes.
We also support self-regulating, voluntary initiatives over state-enforced regulation, and will consider funding non-profit organizations that would submit useful, voluntary standards and work proposals for the community to implement and abide by, that promote responsible, fair and transparent usage of the network while mitigating the abuse of incentive mechanisms.
Additional initiatives we are in favor of include decentralized exchanges and real-world assets tokenization, especially for the global trading of natural resources and commodities, as well as supply chain tracking and audit platforms to improve transparency in global commerce on an opt-in basis. We believe that the EOS architecture is perfectly suited for these projects, and that these initiatives will help usher a new era of international commerce, removed from the undue influence of state-controlled and corporate interests. We would thus consider financing and participating in such initiatives as well.
Examples of individuals and organizations pledging votes to politicians in exchange of subsidies and public funding are legion in all democracies, and we see this as a risk for networks such as EOS as well. Thus, our position with regards to block producers pledging tokens reinvestment towards unspecified, yet to-be-determined projects that are not properly qualified and identified is tantamount to vote buying, considering that no mechanism exist to reliably prevent collusion and influence trafficking.
While we do not see any inherent problem with vote buying per se, we would like to warn the community against block producer candidates wrapping themselves in the mantle of righteousness, while providing no clarity on their intentions beforehand.
Network & Software Architecture
Guillaume is a serial entrepreneur and software developer with over 18 years of experience in quantitative finance, algorithmic trading, machine learning and engineering software. Over the course of his career, he has provided software development and trading automation consulting services to several well-known financial firms including Merrill Lynch (now part of Bank of America), Think or Swim (now part of TD Ameritrade) and Royal Bank of Scotland.
As an early adopter and fervent advocate of cryptocurrencies since 2011, Guillaume’s involvement with DPOS blockchain architectures dates back from his participation in the crowdfunding and launch of the BitShares network starting in 2013. The same year, Guillaume co-founded the Montreal Bitcoin Embassy, the first physical cryptocurrencies hub worldwide focused on regulatory outreach, public education and community engagement. He served as its executive director until 2015 before co-founding CryptoMechanics, a software / hardware solutions provider offering blockchain-enabled IoT integration for industrial applications in the construction, mining, metals and energy sectors.
System Administration and Deployment
Shaq Kheder holds a computer engineering degree from McGill University, with 15 years experience in IT, linux/unix servers, cloud computing, security, software and hardware development, deployment and integration.
Focused on building large-scale software and hardware engineering projects, he led the efforts to rewrite the world’s leading concrete quality control, production analysis and engineering software, which was acquired in 2017 by GCP Applied Technologies, a publicly-traded company on NYSE.
Shaq leads a team responsible for the engineering and the construction of smart IoT-enabled and automated hydrometallurgical plants, deployed for the recovery and refining of precious metals.
Shaq is a long-standing member of the Montreal cryptocurrency community since 2013 and seeks to expand the usage of blockchain technologies to real-world applications, especially in the precious metals and commodities sector.
Infrastructure and Security
With over 2 decades of experience scaling large data distribution networks, and providing telecommunications, encryption and IT security platforms to institutional clients, Dominic founded and is CEO of Secure Group since 2005. Secure Group is a company specialized in encrypted mobile solutions and a leading provider of encrypted mobile phones.
Since 2009, Dominic is also co-founder and CTO of EDA Technologies, a registered ISP and cloud hosting and storage provider, providing large-scale data solutions and strategic consulting to large clients worldwide.
As part of his involvement in safeguarding privacy and freedom of speech through technology, Dominic has been active in the cryptocurrency space since 2013.
Operations and Project Management
Vincent served in the Canadian Armed Forces from 1998 to 2015. As a member of the Royal 22nd Canadian infantry regiment, he has been deployed overseas 3 times, in Bosnia (2001-2002) and in Kandahar, Afghanistan (2006-2007, 2011). Over the course of his military career, he held several leadership positions in operational management and military intelligence.
In 2013, he discovered cryptocurrencies and immediately understood the future impact of the decentralization of money & organizations on the world major institutions and the consequences on the global power structure. Since then, he became a self-taught software developer, and acquired an in-depth understanding of the crypto market and technology landscape. He has since been part of numerous initiatives to further innovation through decentralization.
As a software developer, Francis has been passionate about Decentralized Web technologies since 2012. Over the years, he has developed a keen expertise with regards to many projects (e.g. SAFE Network, Beaker Browser, Dat, Scuttlebutt, IPFS, etc.) that aim to provide open source platforms for building decentralized applications.
The first Decentralized Web project he got involved in was the SAFE Network, a decentralized data storage and communications network developed by MaidSafe. He built the safenetwork.org website and has been the main admin of the SAFE Network Forum since November 2014. Between 2014 and 2016, he organized several meetups as part of the SAFE Network Montreal meetup group. Currently, he's one of the organizers of the Decentralized Web Montreal meetup group.
In addition, Francis has been involved as a volunteer with The Seasteading Institute since 2014 and is largely responsible for redesigning the seasteading.org website.
Distributed Systems Expert
Transisto is a well known early cryptocurrency enthusiast, specialized in decentralized systems and distributed computing platforms. With a background in software development and having worked as an IT technician and network administrator for dozens of large tech companies, he combined his passion for chip design, his deep understanding of the dynamics within the global IT infrastructure and his interest in electronics to develop a unique expertise and perspective with regards to decentralized and distributed systems.
Transisto has also been very actively involved within the Steem community, from its earliest days in 2016. As a leading influencer within the Steem ecosystem, he contributed his skills to develop and improve the platform, tackling issues ranging from scaling and governance to UX/UI design and abuse/fraud prevention and mitigation. Transisto is one of the most knowledgeable, long-standing and respected source of expertise in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space.
Carl Sobolta Larivière, MBA
Carl has extensive experience in business development and project management worldwide, and has overseen operations in sales, marketing, financing, and strategic partnerships in sectors ranging from banking to telecommunications. An entrepreneur since the age of 15, his international business ventures led him to negotiate and facilitate deals worth a total of over $1.5 billion USD worldwide. Founder of DubaiCanada Inc, he acted as its CEO from 2006 until 2009, and became a co-owner of SelfBank “SB” Mobile, where he served as its EVP of business development until the company was acquired by the Central of Bank of Haiti.
In 2009, Carl founded and acted as CEO of GlobeCorp Tradings Inc., a global commodities agent. In this role, he was head of all trading activities and participated in all aspects of the value chain. Carl founded Firstway International Limited in 2015, which represents the financial interests of several large multinational clients, while he also still serves as CEO for Dubai, U.A.E based Devcorp International Limited, an international business development firm.
Though a relative newcomer to the blockchain space, Andy has been developing data collection, analysis and presentation software for the last 18 years, primarily in the traffic and transportation data sector. He has a computer science degree from Lancaster University (UK), and a particular interest in applying machine learning to blockchain data.
For the last year he has been actively developing third-party software for the Steem blockchain. Projects include the Sincerity (anti-spam) API, Multi.Tube (video aggregation site) and Steem Reports (data presentation tools). He's a fullstack developer and works with a variety of technologies, but mainly Python (and its data science libraries), Vue.js, PostgreSQL and Docker.
Eric Spano, CPA
Financial Strategy and Self-Regulatory Initiatives
Eric is a senior consultant in Ernst & Young's Innovation & Strategy group based out of New York City. His primary focus is on the application of emerging technologies in financial services, including blockchain and artificial intelligence. Specifically, he’s worked on the design, development and implementation of enterprise blockchain solutions, as well as the development of auditing standards for cryptocurrency custodians and funds.
Prior to joining EY in New York, Eric worked on audits of public and private businesses for nearly 5 years, and has also advised several cryptocurrency-related ventures. He’s authored a whitepaper on the Canadian tax treatment of cryptocurrencies, and presented a TEDx talk about Bitcoin. Eric is also the founder of the Bitcoin payment service called Bylls, launched in 2014, and served as the first Treasurer of the Blockchain Association of Canada (formerly Bitcoin Alliance of Canada) when it was created in 2013.
Jafar is a software developer, blockchain enthusiast and masters student in software engineering at Concordia University in Montreal. From 2015 to 2017, he worked as a software and applications developer at Zoltrix Kish company, one of the most famous computer and network equipment manufacturer and distributor in Iran. At the same time, his interest in financial markets led him to become a successful stock trader.
In 2017, Jafar moved to Canada to pursue his education and passion for computer science. He worked as a Research Assistant in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) path planning and obstacle recognition applied to the detection of structural faults in buildings, before recently joining the CryptoMechanics team in early 2018.
Alex is a Principal at Kensington Capital, a private equity and venture capital investment firm with over $1.3 billion in assets under management. Alex's focus is on the BC Tech Fund, a $100 million fund, which is managed by Kensington, and sits on the Board of Directors of Eventbase and is an Observer on the Board of Directors of Foodee, both located in Vancouver, BC. Alex also sits on the Investment Committee of Vanbex Ventures, an investment firm specialized in financing blockchain and decentralized projects and companies.
Alex began his career at L’Oréal before launching several innovative ventures, including a sport supplement company (acquired) and a clean tech company that went on to raise significant funding. During that time, Alex represented Canada on several international trade missions, during the G8/G20 summits in 2010 and in a special program for entrepreneurs in partnership with the MIT Sloan School of Management. After co-organizing the Toronto, Montreal and Boston venture forums, Alex joined the venture capital industry, first at the Business Development Bank of Canada, and then at Teralys Capital, two of Canada’s largest funds of funds and venture capital investors, each with close to $2 billion in assets under management. Alex is passionate about innovation and technologies that can have a positive impact on our lives.
Alex holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Finance and a concentration in Entrepreneurship from McGill University, including a one-year exchange in Mexico at Tecnológico de Monterrey – Campus Monterrey.
As the network mainnet launches, our main priority will be to stabilize the infrastructure and to establish security, redundancy and scaling best practices and guidelines for block production activities within our organization, allowing us to fully leverage our infrastructure and experience in serving content.
We will publish any relevant findings with regards to scaling and security for the community to evaluate and for other block producers to incorporate as part of their operating procedures and policies. We will also provide operational statistics and track key network metrics for the use of the community.
We also already began developing internal tools for indexing, exploring and monitoring EOS blockchains, which we will publish open source under MIT or Apache license for the whole community to use, and which we will also host and operate for public usage, free of charge. We plan to dedicate most of our resources to these initiatives initially, gradually shifting our focus to building and financing infrastructure-related dApps on the EOS network.
As the network stabilizes sometime during Q3 of 2018, we will also begin exploring development and collaboration to EOS dApps projects that will play a role within our other business verticals.
More information on these projects will be released over the upcoming weeks.
Our core values:
We intend EOS Titan to remain a self-funded, impartial and independent actor in the ecosystem.