A Node and relay Tech team that has been with Cardano since the test net. Proven record of up time. Our system was built with smart contracts and heavier traffic in mind.
I am a USMC Vet who got into Cardano ADA after seeing Charles Hokinson's iconic white board presentation. After seeing the potential of Cardano I decided to take the next step and own a stake pool.
You have many choices with whom you can stake your ADA. Our hope is that you will choose Troutpool because we give back to our Disabled vets who in some cases are in desperate need of help. We are proud to give 1% to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing https://projecthealingwaters.org/
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A good starting point for you learning journey
Cardano has many Eras From Byron, that started it all to Voltaire which will bring governance to the system.
Perhaps the easiest way to stake your ADA is to create a Yoroi wallet. Yoroi is an extension to most popular browsers. A wallet is a file that contains ADA or other coins that can be delegated for rewards or spent with a vendor (future iterations). Always download from an official site. Write down and secure your pass keys. They are the only way to insure that you can re-build your wallet.
So you want to buy ADA but not sure exactly how to do so. The article below does a decent job explaining how to do so. Remember, If you have your ADA on an exchange like Binance.us you really don't own it. You own something like a silver certificate. You own the ADA when you have the keys to the blocks it is build on. Not your Keys, not your coin. To own your ADA you have to send it from your exchange to you own wallet.
Is ADA like Bitcoin (BTC)?
Yes, in the sense that it is a distributed ledger. Bitcoin is a simple storage of value.
The next step in the evolution of Coins is Ethereum (ETH) . ETH has what is called smart contracts, but they are slow and have high fees to conduct transactions for the contracts.
Enter Cardano ADA. I too has smart contracts but is much much faster, Cost's less and allows programmers to use the programing language of their choice. ADA is clearly a better solution to the two coins mentions above.
What is a smart contract?
A smart contract is an agreement between two parties that the contract executers automatically. Perhaps a simple one would be a contract between to individuals that want to wager on a football game. Conditions are set forth in the contract. the wager is placed in the contract escrow. The game is played and the wager is payed out when there is a winner.
What is a blockchain?
Think of it as a distributed and encrypted spread sheet. The spread sheet is validated my many stake pool operators. If there is a problem with the spread sheet the pools catch the problem. In this way the block chain is virtually impossible to forge. Each pool has records of the block so it is decentralized much like the internet is decentralized. It is virtually impossible to shut down the internet. So to is the blockchain.