We are at the forefront of PoS blockchain research. We work with carefully selected networks and help them launch and operate seamlessly. Our technical input has been vital in adding value to blockchains such as Solana, Cosmos and Ethereum.
The Chorus One infrastructure and surrounding processes are highly specialized to guarantee reliable and fault tolerant operation of our nodes as well as safekeeping of associated cryptographic key material.
Both institutional and retail investors trust our staking services. Our engineers work around the clock to ensure your stake is safe. Moreover, we safeguard all investments with our delegator protection pool of $250k, refreshed each quarter.
We keep our community updated through regular posts, engaging podcast episodes, and in-depth research articles. We provide 24x7 support to our delegators via Telegram, email and chat.
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Please note it is recommended to create two accounts: one to use as the controller account and one to use as your stash account. Learn more about this here
If you want to know more details about how to create an account you can visit the official docs here.Also, make sure you leave a small amount of DOT transferrable in your stash account and that your controller has more than 1 DOT in it. This is in order to have enough liquid funds for paying transaction fees when bonding and unbonding funds.
2. Bonding the DOTs
In this step, we will actually go through the process of staking which is comprised of bonding the tokens and nominating the validators.
Nominating currently requires a minimum of 120 DOT staked funds on Polkadot (0.1 KSM on Kusama). Please make sure you are above that minimum, otherwise you won't be able to nominate with your staked funds.
There is also a maximum of 22,500 nominators in place at the moment. That means, if there are already 22,500 nominators, you will not be able to nominate, even if you have more than the minimum of 120 DOT staked. You can double-check the current number of nominators on the Staking Overview page.
Go to the Polkadot-JS UI main page. Click the Staking link under the Network tab at the top. Click “Account actions” (on top). It may take a while to load. If you're using a Ledger, skip the following steps and check the section below.
You need to bond funds to nominate a validator. So go ahead and click the + Nominator button(top right).
Choose your Stash and Controller accounts. It is more secure to choose separate stash and controller accounts. So make sure you create a separate controller account first in the same manner as you created your stash account. Again, make sure you have funds in your controller account.
Then select the amount you want to bond and the rewards destination and click "Next"
3. Select validator and nominate
In the next screen select Chorus One as the validator. Finally, click Bond and Nominate.
Enter the password for your account and click Sign & submit.
Sign the transaction using your stash account
Additionally, if you need to change the nominated validators or unbond your balance you just need the controller account to perform the transaction.
Before you begin staking, please pay close attention to these important points:
Do not bond ALL your funds. Leave a small amount transferable in your account, so that you can pay transaction fees from that (changing validators, bonding more or unbonding your tokens are all transactions that will cost a small fee).
Any changes you make will take affect in the next era (which lasts 24 hours on Polkadot), provided you made the changes at least 4 hours before the era ended (whether it's setting up staking for the first time, or changing your validators, bonding more funds, etc), and rewards are distributed after an era ends. So, when you first stake, your rewards will begin to come at the soonest after 1 day and 4 hours, and at the latest after 2 days.
How to stake using Ledger
1. Create a Polkadot account on Ledger Live
Make sure both the ledger live app and device are up to date
Go to manager in the left panel and install Polkadot app if you haven't already
Add your account by going to the Accounts tab in the left panel and clicking on the Add Account
Choose Polkadot in the popup that appears upon clicking Add Account
Follow the instructions to create the new account
2. Send/Receive DOTs
Once you have an account you can buy DOTs directly from the Ledger Live app.
In case you are unable to buy DOTs directly from Ledger Live you may use an exchange to do so.
3. Stake/Unstake DOTs
To stake go to the Accounts tab in the left panel and click on the account for which you want to perform the staking operation
Once you have your account opened click on Manage on the top-right and under it select Earn Rewards
Then enter the amount of DOTs you want to bond
To compound your rewards you can select the Bonded Balance tab instead of the Available Balance tab. Click Continue and confirm the bonding transaction on your device. Finally Nominate a validator in the next step
Polkadot allows Nominated proof of staking where you are allowed to nominate up to 16 validators. By clicking on the Nominate byou will be able to select the validator. Search for Chorus One and click Continue.
Congratulations!! You are now staking your Polkadot! You may see your rewards in the portfolio section
You can also see the video tutorial on the official Polkadot youtube channel
Such interoperability will allow, for example, a user on a Cosmos SDK blockchain to move TerraUSD coins to Substrate chains to take advantage of applications in the Polkadot ecosystem.
Connecting Two Vibrant Ecosystems
A core piece of Chorus One’s vision is the ability to freely transfer value and information across sovereign blockchain networks and applications. The Polkadot and Cosmos ecosystems have both been at the forefront of cross-chain interoperability.
We are excited to contribute to bridging these two ecosystems with this initial project that will enable Cosmos SDK blockchains to keep track of consensus updates on Substrate-based networks.
Polkadot combines the versatility of heterogeneous blockchains with the security and convenience of a single security pool and validator set. This is one of the most daring and promising visions of the blockchain space and could unleash unparalleled innovation. The Polkadot ecosystem is consistently shipping great software to advance that vision. We are incredibly excited to help bridge the flourishing Polkadot and Cosmos communities.
Brian Fabian Crain, CEO of Chorus One
A Substrate light client that’s compatible with the Cosmos SDK is a great first step towards bridging the Polkadot and Cosmos ecosystems. We’re excited to see the results of this work and eventually a complete bridge between both networks.
Dieter Fishbein, Head of Ecosystem Development at Web3 Foundation
What We Are Building
This grant-funded project lays the groundwork for a bridge between Polkadot and Cosmos. The current project code consists of three parts: a relayer implementation that allows necessary information to pass between two blockchains, a Substrate-IBC module for the Cosmos SDK that is geared towards handling Substrate data, and a Substrate client consisting of WebAssembly bytecode to verify BABE and GRANDPA consensus information on Cosmos chains. In order to have a fully functional bridge, a second follow-on project that allows Substrate chains to validate Tendermint messages is required.
Our WebAssembly Light Client design for Substrate on Cosmos SDK can be extended to support any other blockchains whose light client logic is compile-able to Wasm. One key advantage of the design is the ability to upgrade the Substrate light client, which is derived from the canonical Rust implementation, on Cosmos SDK chains without requiring a full governance process and hard fork for each upgrade. Additionally, the design may be able to easily handle consensus algorithms and allow them to interoperate with the Cosmos ecosystem via IBC. Find the full details and technical description of our approach here.
We are excited to contribute to realizing a world of interconnected blockchains. If you are interested in working with us on this, reach out to us via the channels linked below.
About Chorus One
Chorus One is operating validation infrastructure and building tools to advance the Proof-of-Stake ecosystem.
We will offer staking on Polkadot when the network goes live. You will be able to support our work and earn staking rewards by nominating our validators with your DOTs.