In mythology, Gaia is the Greek goddess who personifies the Earth.
In science, the Gaia theory proposes the idea that all living and non-living things on Earth work together to maintain life on the planet.
We at GAIA Stake Pool believe that the values, technology, and decentralization Cardano uses will play a key role in returning balance to the world. The reliable and trustless systems on the Cardano network aim to give every person control over their own finances, personal information, and voting power. With Cardano, we can change the world.
Join us in making a better future - one where humanity and planet Earth thrive together!
Brian Lee (Operator & Founder)
Hello, my name is Brian Lee and I'm the operator of GAIA Stake Pool. I’m an artist and designer, and have been working in the entertainment industry professionally for about 7 years. I have been working with computers (repairs, networking, website creation and maintenance) for about 15 years.
I've been a part of Cardano and the crypto space since 2017, and the Cardano project really stood out to me as something special. Cardano became one of the first cryptocurrencies I invested in.
I took some programming in university (C++ and Java), and when I found out more about Cardano staking, I learned to use Linux so I could set up GAIA Stake Pool.
Some basic info about me:
Artist, Designer, Computer Network Technician, Dog and Cat Dad, Hiker and Nature Lover, Karate Practitioner, Tabletop Gamer and Video Gamer, Star Trek Fan, Crypto Enthusiast.
Lisa Lee (Founder)
Hello, I'm Lisa Lee and I'm one of the founders of GAIA Stake Pool. I'm a barista by day, and a photographer by night. I also have a podcast called "Rocky Mountain Cryptids", which you can find on all your favorite podcasting platforms!
I provide most of the photographs used by GAIA Stake Pool, provide social media consultation, and support the stake pool financially.
I also make sure that Brian gets out of the house and away from his computer. The digital world is exciting, but nothing beats adventures in nature. An added bonus is that we get to share those adventures with you through our photographs!
Some basic info about me:
Coffee Master, Photographer, Podcaster, Social Media Specialist, Dog and Cat Mom, Musician, Tabletop Gamer and Video Gamer, Fishkeeper, Gardener, Explorer, Hiker and Nature Lover.
GAIA Stake Pool's nodes are operated on the secure servers of the Google Cloud Platform using enterprise-class hardware and SSD storage, ensuring extreme performance. With automatic backups and a backup node in place, a premium network service tier, and encryption of data in transit and at rest, GAIA Stake Pool has a 99% uptime and 24/7/365 security.
GAIA is composed of a core block-producing node and 2 relays servers ready for smart contracts, each with an N2 2 Core CPU, 19.25 GB RAM, and 100 GB of SSD storage, all running on Linux.
Performance is constantly monitored, and all hardware can be flexibly adjusted with Google Cloud's dynamic resource management. This ensures resources are being used efficiently, and that GAIA Stake Pool can be easily upgraded as necessary to meet any demands in the future.
GAIA Stake Pool's servers are located in Canada and the United States. This is done for three reasons:
- To support our home country (Canada).
- To keep expenses down by choosing the most cost-effective servers (United States).
- To spread out GAIA Stake Pool geographically for more decentralization.
As GAIA Stake Pool grows, we will be able to further decentralize by running additional relay nodes in different countries.
GAIA Stake Pool operates on the Google Cloud Platform, which is the most sustainable cloud computing platform available. Our digital footprint is offset with clean energy, making our server impact net zero. With GAIA's environmental contributions, our pool is carbon negative.
Google Cloud has eliminated all of their carbon emissions since their founding in 1998. They’ve matched 100% of their electricity consumption with renewable energy purchases since 2017, which includes the electricity to power Google Cloud. Recently Google Cloud has committed to fully decarbonize their electricity supply by 2030 and operate on clean energy, every hour and in every region.
You can view the full details on Google Cloud sustainability here:
GAIA Stake Pool is a founding member of the Mission Driven Pools group [MDP] .
Mission Driven Pools is a collective of mission-based Cardano stake pool operators who donate a portion of their profits to charity. MDP currently operates with these goals in mind:
- Cross marketing
- Help spread the Cardano mission
- Help organizations across the world
- Encouraging other operators to give back
GAIA Stake Pool operates and maintains the Mission Driven Pools website:
September Totals: Total income: 2,076.4436 ADA - Total expenses: 5,750.56 ADA =
- 3,674.1164 ADA (no profit). Donations made of 800 USD anyways.
ADA price at time of calculations: 1 ADA = 2.70 CAD
GAIA Stake Pool Total costs: $4,006.74 CAD (1,483.97 ADA) / month
+ 4,221.62 ADA additional expenses = 5,705.59 ADA
+ 33,000 ADA Pledge
- Google Cloud block producing node and 2 relays: $733.01 CAD / month
- Website hosting: $13.42 CAD / month
- Domain name registration: $1.31 CAD / month
- Hours worked: 130.36 hours month @ $25.00 CAD / hour = $3,259.00 CAD / month
-182.48 ADA in transaction fees for sending August NFTs to delegators
- 4,039.14 ADA negative balance from August expenses
- Pledge: 33,000 ADA
Mission Driven Pools [MDP] Total costs: $67.94 CAD (25.16 ADA) / month
- Website hosting & plugins/software: $66.30 CAD / month
- Domain name registration: $1.64 CAD /month
ADApools.org Patreon Support total costs: $53.50 CAD (19.81 ADA) / month