Buy Storj in Canada

A free beginner guide on how to buy Storj in Canada.

What is Storj?

Storj, pronounced as “storage,” is an open-source cloud storage platform. Basically, it uses a decentralized network of nodes to host user data. The platform also secures hosted data using advanced encryption.

In a white paper published in December,2014, Storj was first introduced to the world as a concept. It was to be a decentralized peer-to-peer encrypted cloud storage platform.

Two years later, an updated white paper was published. Here, a decentralized network — connecting users who need cloud storage space with those who have hard drive space to sell — was described. The platform was launched in late 2018.

People with hard drive space and good internet connectivity can participate in the network. They become a unit in the network, called a node. Space providers are rewarded by Storj tokens.

Storj was founded by Shawn Wilkinson in May 2014. Wilkinson was a software developer based in Atlanta. He saw how blockchain technology could be leveraged to build a decentralized cloud storage network.

Together with his co-founder, John Quinn, the first white paper was published late 2014. Since then, the concept and details have changed. The current version of Storj, V3, was launched in the middle of 2019.

In addition to being a blockchain enthusiast, Quinn had extensive background in business development. Prior to founding his own projects (including Storj) he had been involved in the investment banking industry. The concept was finally incorporated as a company — Storj Labs Inc. in May 2015.

At the company’s inception, Wilkinson served as CEO. Later, he stepped down for a more experienced hand to take the wheel, with Ben Golub currently serving as CEO. Wilkinson is now the chief strategy officer (CSO), while Quinn serves as the chief revenue officer (CSO) as well as a member of the company’s board.

1. Create accounts

In order to buy Storj in Canada you will need both a Canadian (local) exchange account and a global exchange account. You will need to buy one of the main cryptocurrencies on the Canadian exchange and then transfer that to the global exchange you registered with which trades Storj.

The first step in this process is to gain the ability a mainstream cryptocurrency with Canadian dollars. For this you will need a local exchange account, currently we recommend Newton or Shakepay.

If you want to buy Storj right now, without going through the full verification process, and if you want to buy only a small amount ($375 CAD or less) consider using Coinbase.

For a more comprehensive guide and comparison of the various exchanges, see the Exchanges Guide.

Next, you will need to create an account on a global exchange. This will allow you to trade the cryptocurrency you bought in the previous step for Storj. Unfortunately, it's not possible yet to do it all on the same exchange. Which is why you need to use multiple exchanges.

We recommend using Binance

For a more comprehensive guide and comparison of the various exchanges, see the Exchanges Guide.

In order to fund your local exchange accounts you will need to verify your identity. This often involves sending in copies of your drivers license, a utility bill, and in many cases a selfie of you holding your ID. This is normal ask for verification on exchanges.

As for verification on global exchanges, the verification is usually faster and less intense, as long as you are strictly using cryptocurrencies and not doing fiat transactions. For example on Binance you do not need to verify if you are withdrawing 2 BTC or less.

2. Buy your cryptocurrencies

Now that you have both a local exchange account and a global exchange account it's time to make your purchases. You need to buy XRP or ETH, transfer it to a Global exchange, and then place an order to trade it for Storj.

The first step is buy one of the main cryptocurrencies that you can trade for alt coins. If you are on Newton I'd buy XRP, if you are on Shakepay buy BTC.

If you are not using Binance, it is a important to verify that your global exchange will trade the cryptocurrency you are buying in this step for Storj.

Login to your local exchange and buy your desired amount of Storj in XRP or ETH. We currently recommend buying with XRP as it provides a faster network transfer time and cheaper network fees than Bitcoin/Ethereum. BTC is ok if you are using Shakepay as they will cover the network fees to transfer to Binance or another exchange.

The next step is to transfer your XRP or BTC from your local exchange account to a global exchange. For example, from your Newton or Shakepay account to your Binance account.

This involves getting the funding wallet address from Binance account and withdrawing to it from your Newton or Shakepay account.

You will need to wait for the transaction to complete. Once you see the funds appear in your global exchange account you are ready to proceed to the next step.

The next step is to actually buy Storj. In your Binance (or similar) account place an order to trade the crypto currency for Storj.

Binance has a trading pair for both USDT and BTC.
- If you bought BTC originally you can now trade it for Storj at the STORJ/BTC trading pair.
- If you bought XRP originally, first you need to trade it for USDT and then you can trade it for Storj at the STORJ/USDT trading pair.

The fastest way is to place a market order which buys Storj for the current market price on the exchange. However, consider using a limit order to get a better price, but remember if the market price does not hit your limit price your order will not be filled.

3. Storing your Storj

If you just bought some Storj you are currently storing it on the exchange you bought it on. This is OK if the value is small. However, if you own a significant amount it is best practice to transfer your cryptocurrencies to a wallet that is not an exchange.

If you are just getting started you will probably want to use a software wallet. They are typically free and are considered more secure than leaving Storj on a exchange.

Feel free to do a google search to research what wallets are available and know what the options are.

Once you have decided on a wallet, follow the instructions to get it setup then withdraw your Storj from your exchange account. It is common for a small network fee to be associted with the withdrawal.

The safest way to store Storj, or any cryptocurrency, is with a hardware wallet that is not connected to the internet. This is to prevent it being stolen or hacked from a exchange or a wallet connected to the internet.

Consider looking at the Ledger line of hardware wallets. They have been in the industry a number of years and offer one of the widest selections of devices.

This is generally not recommended. However, you might want to do this if you are actively trading Storj. Be aware you are taking an extra risk. Exchanges have been known to get hacked or disappear, search QuadrigaCX scandal.

The main advantage of doing this is instant access to your Storj, and saving the fees associated with transactions and withdrawing.

Always consider the reputation and size of the exchange if you are storing a cryptocurrency asset on it.

Generally speaking, I do not keep a balance on any of the local exchanges. If I am going to hold a balance of a cryptocurrency coin/asset on an exchange it will be Binance as they have the most robust platform. However, use this information at your own risk. The safest place for your crypto assets is a hardware wallet like Ledger.

Regardless of the exchange, if you are holding assets on the exchange, make sure you enable two factor authentication and use a separete secure password on the account.

Summary

  1. Create an account on a local exchange.
  2. Create an account on a global exchange.
  3. First, buy XRP or BTC on the local exchange and transfer it to Binance.
  4. Next, trade XRP or BTC for Storj
  5. Store your Storj, consider getting a software or hardware wallet.