U°Interview #1 Brendan Jensen | Community's Camaraderie, Thoughts On BitShares, How To Run U°OS BP Node

This is the debut article of U°Interview — a series of interviews with active and interesting people of whom our community consists. Brendan @iamredbar123 is one of the earliest followers of U°OS project, who has experience in running testnet Block Producer node.

— Let’s start by introducing yourself. Where are you from, what’s your background, hobbies?

— My name is Brendan Jensen, I am 27 and I live in the Midwestern part of the United States. I currently work as a computer repair technician for a small tech company. My newest hobby is learning about micro-soldering and making custom electronics. I'm not any good at it yet, but I think it is very interesting.

—How did you know about blockchain? When did this happen and what pulled you in?

— My first experience with anything blockchain was with Bitcoin in 2015. I took a more serious look starting in the fall of 2017 when my friend convinced me to create a Steemit account. It took a few days for the account to be made, but I will never forget my first interaction with it. The first post that I posted was upvoted for over $100, and I was hooked. I needed to figure out how this worked, why it worked, and see if there are other things like this out there. That lead me into the obviously deep water that is blockchain technology.

— Why are you interested in U°OS and what attracted you the most?

— My interest in UºOS is probably pretty different from most other peoples. It started back in early-mid 2018 with a project called Gravity Protocol. It was a fintech blockchain, which doesn't make it special on its own. The thing that interested me about Gravity was the mechanism the chain was built on, which was called Delegated Proof of Importance. That project gave way to UºOS and I followed it! I've been lurking around since UºOS's inception and became more involved as the project moved into alpha. DPOI is such a great idea and I think it is being used (or will be used) at its maximum potential with UºOS.

— You mentioned in your U°Community profile that you are also BitShares Testnet Witness. Why BitShares?

— BitShares is something I started to learn more about after the Gravity Protocol days. Gravity was built from Graphene, just like BitShares is. There is a really great python library for BitShares, so I taught myself to make a few dapps. The reason I like it so much is that it is the prime example of distributed governance that has been running autonomously for years. Being able to be a part of something like that is a really cool thing, and I love being a part of it.

— You have experience in running U°OS Block Producer node (in testnet). How was it?

— My overall experience was great. I enjoyed chatting with the team and others who were testnet BPs. Any time I am a part of a project like this there seems to be a sense of camaraderie amongst those who are investing time to help get a project running. I learned a bunch of new stuff when getting the BP set up for the first time, and have continued to use that knowledge for other things as well.

— What one should do in order to become U°OS Block Producer?

— It definitely isn't for everyone, but that doesn't mean it isn't something you can't learn. Get some familiarity with Ubuntu and the terminal. Join the UºOS BP Telegram group. Either own or rent a server (rent one if you are just starting to experiment with this sort of stuff).

— How much one can earn from running a Block Producer node?

— I can't speak for everyone, but I was earning between 20,000 - 25,000 UOS per day for my BP. Since UºOS is still in testnet at the time of writing, that is the only equivalent I can give.

— What are you going to do when U°OS mainnet launches?

When the mainnet launches I plan to campaign to be a BP. Being a BP is something that should be taken seriously because it is an integral role within UºOS. Someone who has experience and who has been around since before its creation would be a great BP. At least in my opinion, haha.

— One last question, how do you see the development of the blockchain industry from a long-term perspective?

I see more interoperability between different chains. I'm looking forward to when there is a way to effortlessly trade one coin to another.

— Thank you, Brendan @iamredbar123 , for this exciting conversation! And I wish you the best of luck with your future BP campaign! 

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