I'm interested in participating in the Cardano ecosystem, and I'm looking for ways to receive, earn or stake ADA without initially buying it on a cryptocurrency exchange.
I understand that with resources such as powerful hardware and electricity, one can mine cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, effectively earning these coins. However, I'm interested in Cardano and wondering if there's an equivalent process for it.
I understand that Cardano uses a Proof-of-Stake consensus mechanism which is fundamentally different from the Proof-of-Work mechanisms used by Bitcoin and Ethereum.
Here are my questions:
Given the lack of traditional mining in the Cardano ecosystem, is there an alternative way to earn ADA without an initial capital investment?
Is it possible to participate in staking without owning any ADA initially, similar to how one could start mining Bitcoin or Ethereum with the necessary hardware resources?
Any guidance or resources on these topics would be greatly appreciated.