Validator Business Model Discussion



Chainflow would like to host a validator business model roundtable discussion. @adrian’s talk at the Cosmos Guardian event during Devcon week in Osaka inspired this idea

The general premise is the one Adrian stated during his talk. It’s that running validators is not a viable long-term business model. Instead, it’s necessary for validators to build value-added services on top of the foundational validator operations layer.

Topics we’ll discuss -

1 - Is this true? Is only running validators an unsustainable business model?

2 - Is this true for all validators ? Or is it true for validators who’ve raised certain levels of capital that need to meet particular return expectations?

3 - How can smaller operators compete with larger operators, as they may be spending most of their resources running validators. Are smaller operators doomed if they don’t add higher margin services to their business? Or can they build a successful, non-venture-backed-scale business without dong this?

4 - How does the amount of funding raised impact the urgency and need for these models to be successful? How fast do they need to succeed?

6 - What are some of the validator business models being experimented with right now?

7 - What validator business models seem to be gaining traction?

8 - What validator business models may emerge in the future?

What else should we discuss? Please add you suggestions in the comments :point_down:

Would you like to take part in the roundtable? Please let me know that in the Chainflow Telegram group.

My current thinking is we’ll have 6-8 participants. The participants will represent an even mix of larger and smaller validator operators.

Otherwise, stay tuned to this topic for details, as they come together. I’ll be announcing the call date and time here.


Kava Validators and probably others got cheap token prices so they can start validation service. Delegators buy in at higher prices. Validators could “reserve” a part of their tokens and offer same price to delegators that will delegate with them. Just thinking of other validation services , ofc is being part of community helps but delegators need financial incentives.


Would be happy to join the discussion if the time permits!


Would love to join and contribute!


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