POKT Network is building the RPC Base Layer to power the next cycle with Unstoppable Open Data.
Our decentralized infrastructure gives new or established RPC providers access to data relays at unbeatable costs, high uptime, and easy multi-chain scalability. We ensure cost-effective base performance, so they can build on top to give developers the best access to blockchain data at the lowest cost - optimising QoS and building frictionless interfaces and value-added features.
And, for any developers / application that prefer not to go through a Gateway (for cost or privacy for example), you'll soon be able to spin up your own access point with our Open Source Gateway Kit.
Our performance is delivered through decentralization - a network of over 16k nodes in 22 countries
POKT Network Foundation (PNF): a non-profit, credibly-neutral entity that is trusted by Pocket’s DAO to drive the ecosystem’s success, facilitate governance, empower contributors, nurture values and preserve Pocket’s open source IP.
POKT DAO: an empowered community, governed by it's participants on a 1-person 1-vote basis, with a gini coefficient of 0 (perfect equality)
Node Operators: independent entities that stake $POKT to service or validate relays and earn $POKT from the Protocol. Many of these are active members in POKT DAO as well as technical contributors to the Protocol.
Independent entities that build their RPC businesses on top of our infrastructure, paying the protocol 0.85 per mil.
Grove: the original gateway into POKT Network, established in 2021 to optimise QoS from the protocol.
Nodies: our second gateway and the architects of the Open Source gateway kit that will facilitate the growth of Gateways.
Jack Laing was instrumental in the design of Pocket's protocol, governance, and economics, in building Pocket's community, and in stewarding the DAO's growth from birth through to today. Jack holds an MA (Oxon) in Economics & Management from Oxford University.
Dermot O'Riordan (Dermot@POKT.Foundation) drives Pocket Network's success, with a particular focus on strategy, culture and resource allocation.
Prior to his role at PNF, Dermot was an investment partner at Eden Block, the early-stage Web3 VC that invested in Pocket Network; a board member for the ICE List, the European non-profit community for technology leaders; an early employee at the WebSummit; and an advisor to the founders and investors of high growth technology companies as a lawyer at international law firms Hogan Lovells and Orrick.
Dermot is an active angel investor in Web3 infrastructure networks and leading DAO infrastructure projects and has written a number of articles on culture and strategy in Web3, as well as privacy and the importance of DAOs, amongst other topics.
Daniel Olshansky has held key roles in POKT Network's Protocol team since 2021 and served as an advisor to the network in the four years prior to that. Daniel most recently spoke at ETHDenver last year about how Pocket Network can solve the RPC trilemma.
Daniel contributed to the development of data science infrastructure at Waymo, drove the "Shared Cloud" implementation while contributing to over 12 patents at Magic Leap, and engaged in full stack development projects at Twitter such as GIF search. His broad skill set encompasses full stack development, architecture, R&D, research, and writing.
Daniel holds a degree in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto, with a specialization in Electrical and Computer Engineering,
Michael O’Rourke was one of the original founders of POKT Network as well as founding the original Gateway, Grove, where he is now CEO.
Prior to building Pocket Network, he owned and operated a blockchain development agency, and was on the ground level of Tampa Bay’s largest Bitcoin/Crypto meetup and consultancy, Blockspaces, with a focus on teaching developers Solidity.
Michael first got into bitcoin in 2013. In 2016, writing smart contracts and making discoveries in API services for Ethereum gave Michael a unique perspective on what is required to provide a vertically and horizontally scalable infrastructure service in a decentralized manner.