The Verified Provider Program (VPP) is an initiative to increase trust, transparency, and reliability in the staking industry by verifying that Providers meet a set of criteria relating to risk management, longevity, and security measures. Historically, the challenge of choosing a staking provider has been two-fold:
- It is difficult to determine which providers will be trustworthy in the future
- In most cases, it’s not transparent whether or not a given company follows industry best practices. It was also not possible for ordinary users to figure out if these companies were legitimate or not.
With the VPP, we help investors make confident decisions about Staking Providers by performing in-depth due diligence on Staking Providers so that you don’t have to. Providers who pass the requirements of the program will be considered sufficiently trustworthy by Staking Rewards to provide reliable, secure services.
Our Verified Providers are identified with a blue tick:
How do we determine which Staking Providers are safe?
Staking Rewards’ VPP provides a self-regulated platform for providers to securely share information about their operations and security setup. Our team then assesses and verifies – on-chain where applicable – the provided information based on predetermined standards and best practices for the staking industry. We conduct extensive due diligence in the following areas of the Staking Provider’s operations:
In addition, we also calculate a “Value-Added Score” that considers things like customer service, value-added services that they offer, decentralization ethos, and governance participation. This is not required for verification but holds Staking Providers to a higher standard. If you want to know more about the Verified Provider Program, we covered all the details when we announced our first batch of VPs, check it out here.
Verified Providers | Batch 2
We are excited to announce that we have verified 15 new providers. These Staking Providers have successfully passed the program and are considered trustworthy by Staking Rewards.
Everstake is the biggest decentralized staking provider, trusted by over 625,000 users and well respected in the staking industry. The team is made of experienced developers, financial experts and blockchain enthusiasts. The company has been using enterprise-level hardware to run over 8000 nodes for more than 50 blockchain networks, including Solana, Cosmos, Tezos, Polygon, and Cardano. Everstake employs 125+ experts worldwide and runs highly secure and reliable nodes for PoS protocols using top-tier hardware to ensure maximum efficiency and security.
P2P Validator provides non-custodial staking services for professional investors. Token holders are able to participate in staking without the heavy lifting of running a node. P2P Validator provides:
- 24/7 service monitoring and support
- AAA+ reputation
- Lowest fee compared to competitors
- Regular timely rewards payout
- Own assets staking
- Staking with insurance
- RPC Nodes
“StakingRewards’ verification program confirms the quality of our work. Our passion translates beyond providing staking services, we are contributors to all networks we operate in. Help make DeFi simpler, more secure, and decentralised by staking with us.”
Alex Esin, CPO at P2P
StakeLab was founded by Adrien Faguet and has grown into one of the leading staking and relaying hubs for Cosmos ecosystem. StakeLab supports over 40 different networks and has more than 10 000 unique delegators in the ecosystem. The team uses cutting edge infrastructure to run their validator nodes and is a popular choice amongst the French staking community.
AUDIT.one is the infrastructure arm of Persistence and has become one of the biggest validators in South Asia, running nodes across more than 20 leading networks such as Cosmos, Osmosis, Polygon, Solana, and many more. Audit.one has a highly redundant setup with data centers across multiple geographical locations in combination with selected Cloud Infrastructure providers. They have a deep understanding of the importance of having a fault-tolerant and attack-resistant setup. Sentry Nodes are used to fend off DDoS attacks, and have real-time alerting and monitoring solutions to ensure nodes keep running 24/7/365.
“StakingRewards is undoubtedly the best aggregation platform for the Proof-of-stake ecosystem, and the team’s constant push to improve the UX for stakers is commendable. At AUDIT One, we are excited to join the Verified Provider Program, which will help stakers to choose the best staking infrastructure providers. We are working very closely with the StakingRewards team, in addition to this program, to improve our offerings continuously.”
Tushar Aggarwal, Founder and CEO, Persistence (Parent organization of AUDIT.one)
01node is a high-quality staking and validation service with deep expertise and time-tested infrastructure as a highly secure and reliable node provider. Their track record has been impeccable and shows their commitment to being a reliable staking provider. 01Node has more than $500 million in assets staked, their validators are physically located in Romania and have achieved a network uptime of 99.99%. Part of their mission is to help other teams or donate some of their earnings to social causes.
“We have been impressed with the vision of the Staking rewards Verified Provider program. Knowing the challenges that delegators face when it comes to the choice of a trusted Validator considering transparency, professionalism, and capability. It’s a pleasure to be a verified provider who has met the requirements and more.”
Claudiu Nae, CEO 01Node
Established in February 2019, Stakewithus Pte Ltd has primarily been providing blockchain infrastructure across leading Proof-of-Stake protocols. The company has secured millions in assets under its secure validation infrastructure for both institutional and retail clients via Unagii.com – an inhouse built DeFi platform for self-managed yields. The team utilizes an active-passive setup for all validation nodes to reduce the chance of double signing. Validation nodes are housed on-premise at two Tier 3 Datacenters (Equinix and ST Telemedia) situated in Singapore and the team employs 24/7 monitoring systems to ensure that issues are identified and rectified in a timely manner.
“Staking Rewards verified operator program elevates the benchmark for the entire proof of stake and yielding industry. Stakewithus is excited to be joining the program and hopes that such a move gives more confidence to our supporters delegating to us externally or via Unagii.com.”
Michael Ng, Co-founder Stakewithus
Stakecito is one of the leading validators on Cosmos. They are strong advocates of the app-chain culture in Cosmos and believe that IBC will evolve into the industry standard for interoperability. The team operates their validator nodes with a long-term view and uses leading hardware systems, multi-factor authentication with lower privileged accounts, and applies advanced security measures to keep user assets safe.
“Stakecito is proud to be among the first verified staking providers. We know that transparency & trust are very important when choosing a validator. The program helps us build a more cohesive relationship with delegators & raise brand awareness in the broader Crypto community.”
RockX is a blockchain staking powerhouse for leading public blockchains. The team is made up of tech experts that have been working on blockchain projects since 2019. Rockx has a wealth of experience in mining, staking, protocol research, and infrastructure design. They strive to enable institutions and disruptors in the financial and internet sectors to gain seamless access to blockchain data, crypto yield products and best-in-class key management solutions in a sustainable way.
“RockX is thrilled to be an official Verified Staking Provider on Staking Rewards, further validating the security and reliability we aim to provide to the greater staking community. With this trusted badge, we will continue to provide safe and secure staking services that help investors compound their crypto.”
Zhuling Chen, Chief Executive Officer Rockx
Frens Validator is an infrastructure company for Proof-of-Stake blockchains – primarily Cosmos. Besides running nodes and securing blockchains, the team provides an educational platform for stakers to get started in web3 and the Cosmos ecosystem. The Frens tech team has years of professional experience in developing and scaling applications and infrastructure handling sensitive data. The servers are physically distributed around the globe and their nodes are usually within the top-performing validators on all Cosmos chains.
ECO Stake is an independent, climate positive validator focused on building useful tools for the Cosmos ecosystem. Their infrastructure is carbon neutral either through offsets or using zero carbon data centres. The team at Eco Stake have committed 10% of their commission to climate causes and have partnered with Ecologi.com to help fund climate crisis solutions all over the world. The team at Eco Stake also built REStake.app which lets you auto-compound your staking rewards with many validators, including their own.
Newroad Capital is on a mission to support projects that have the potential to build a sustainable economic future. The team strongly believes that Proof-of-Stake blockchains will become the base upon which new mainstream applications will be built. Newroad Capital offers state of the art staking and delegation services, blockchain infrastructure, and digital asset support to users and institutions alike.
“ Your Trusted Partner In A Trustless Environment”
Golden Ratio Staking
Golden Ratio staking offers institutional-grade validator services for the Cosmos ecosystem. The team stands at the forefront of major chains within the Cosmos ecosystem and runs relay services and provides critical blockchain infrastructure to make the IBC dream a reality. Golden Ratio Staking has a global network of state-of-the-art monitoring and notification systems, over-provisioned dedicated servers, redundant power supplies, redundant internet fiber lines, and DDoS protection to maintain a 99.9% uptime.
Blocks United was started by lifelong friends who shared a passion for both finance and technology. The team has an ethos based on trust and ethics while charging a reasonable commission rate to give their users the highest possible yield. Their validators run on production-grade bare metal servers inside a well-secured data center. Blocks United boasts a 100% uptime on their nodes and place special emphasis on responding to enquiries from stakers in a timely manner.
“The verified provider program is a great step towards building trust in crypto staking. We’re thrilled to be alongside some of the best validators in the industry.”
Matt, Founder of Blocks United
Allnodes is a non-custodial platform for all of your hosting and staking needs. You can host Masternodes and Full Nodes as well as stake coins in a few clicks, monitor the rewards and status of your currency and so much more! Allnodes has over 33 000 nodes and ~ $2 billion total value hosted across their services. The team is well respected in the staking industry and offers staking services on most major networks.
Whispernode is a grassroots validator team that is focused on providing staking services that are truly decentralized and secure for major chains in the Cosmos ecosystem. The team started with just one validator on Secret Network and have now grown to support over 20+ networks. WhisperNode is there for its community and works 24/7 to ensure that delegators can sleep peacefully, knowing their funds are #SAFU.
MANTRA DAO is a community-governed DeFi platform making staking, lending, and governance more accessible than ever before. MANTRA DAO is a multi-chain ecosystem offering services on Ethereum, Binance Smart Chain, and Polygon. Staking tokens with MANTRA DAO also earns extra OM tokens on top of their staking rewards which users can use within their ecosystem.
Where can I see a comprehensive list of Verified Staking Providers?
A comprehensive list can be found on the ‘Staking Providers’ page under the ‘Verified Provider’ tab:
Staking Rewards is committed to providing transparent and reliable staking-related data to help Staking Providers, investors, and protocols alike. We are on a mission to increase trust and transparency in the staking industry while fostering decentralization as a core value. Join us on our journey to build a decentralized, open, and transparent financial community for all!