the Cephalopod Equipment corp.

Infrastructure for decentralized intelligence.

We operate infrastructure for decentralized technologies designed to support new forms of economic coordination and participant-owned networks.

Networks We Support

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Why Stake With Us

Ecosystem Integration

In collaboration with Informal Systems, Cephalopod understands the infrastructure and product needs of the builders in the blockchain ecosystem.

Distributed

Our servers are geographically distributed to mitigate risk and ensure we are always online.

Reliable

We employ consistent monitoring practices to ensure availability and quick response time to critical incidents.

Secure

We employ multi-tiered security best practices so staked assets are always protected.

Team

The Cephalopod Validator is part of the Informal Systems family.

The team has decades of collective experience in data center operations, distributed systems, and cryptocurrency and are long term contributors to the Cosmos project.

Ethan Buchman

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Greg Szabo

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Arianne Flemming

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Mircea Colonescu

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Ethan Buchman
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Ethan is a co-founder of the Cosmos and Tendermint projects and a Director of Cephalopod Equipment Corp. He sees consensus algorithms as the 21st century means for promoting social cohesion. He is driven to empower humans with new ways to coordinate and reach agreement at scale. He is currently CEO at Informal Systems. He was previously the Technical Director at the Interchain Foundation and was co-founder/CTO of Tendermint Inc. He is currently the Vice-President of the Interchain Foundation.

Greg Szabo
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Greg is CEO of Cephalopod Equipment Corp, and manages day to day operations of the validator. He is also [part-time] Infrastructure and Security Lead at Informal Systems where he leads infrastructure projects that build tools and services for the Cosmos ecosystem. He believes that using IT infrastructure should be a seamless experience that enables customers to focus on their goals, instead of fighting the servers.

Arianne Flemming
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Arianne is a Director of Cephalopod Equipment Corp, she works at the intersection of people, business, and computers, and oversees all business (non-technical) aspects of Cephalopod’s operations. She is also currently COO at Informal Systems. She was the Managing Director of the Interchain Foundation and VP Finance at Tendermint Inc. In her spare time, she practices and teaches yoga, tutors math, and hangs out with her dog Millie. Arianne holds a Master in Finance from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts and Science- Economics from McMaster University.

Mircea Colonescu
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Mircea is an Infrastructure Engineer at Informal leading the operations of the Cephalopod Validator. He specializes in designing & implementing infrastructure solutions on many platforms and at breaking software. He is based in Toronto and when he’s not coding, you can find him in Rocket League and other competitive video game scenes.