Blocklancer ICO Crowdsale
Blocklancer is a Distributed Autonomous Job Market (DAJ) on the Ethereum platform, a vision of a completely self-regulatory platform for finding jobs and getting projects done.
Interview with Michael Kaiser from Blocklancer
BitcoinChaser: What kind of problem, market deficiency or opportunity inspired you to launch your project, and how will your project address this?
Blocklancer: I myself have offered my work to people on the internet on various freelancing platforms and have unfortunately had to deal with quite a few problems.
First and foremost, I would say that payment security has to be one of the biggest problems of most freelancing platforms. While there are some solutions to this problem, most of them involve a lot of struggle and time, which I would much prefer to invest in the next job I could get to earn more money.
Another thing that I have had a lot of problems with, is the fact, that on all the current platforms there is only one instance which has the power to make decisions and to help you in case of a problem. This has often lead to decision making that I couldn’t agree with and more often than not, some time passes before you get adequate help from those single authority figures.
Since I have had first-hand experience with these kinds of problems, I have put my mind on how to solve those, and this has led me to develop this idea of the Blocklancer platform with my like-minded colleagues.
We have put a lot of thought into how to solve the problems above – which are certainly not the only ones, this is only an excerpt of the problems that bother me the most – as well as many more issues, both for the freelancers and the clients alike.
BC: How will your project address this problem, market deficiency or opportunity in a unique way?
Blocklancer: We have already offered insight in our problem solving ideas in our whitepaper, but again, I will address the solutions that are most dear to me.
The first idea I would like to explain is the token holder tribunal. You see, on our platform there isn’t a single unit of authority, but decisions are being made by the token holders collectively.
Those decisions range from settling arguments between freelancers and clients, to changing certain aspects of our platform, e. g. the height of our fees.
This should raise trust in our platform, as a huge array of people is more likely to make better decisions than a single person. On top of that, our platform isn’t susceptible to ulterior motives of a single authority figure that is keen on manipulating the market for their own personal gain.
Over all, we hope that the tribunal will make our platform more transparent and trustworthy for freelancers and clients.
Secondly, by using the blockchain as a foundation, our platform will be completely immune to outside manipulation. This will in turn make our platform even more trustworthy.
For the contracts between freelancers and clients, we will use a smart contract system, which is best suited for a project such as ours.
Trust is overall really important to us, as we are fully aware of the fact that many freelancers depend on their income from freelancing, and we would therefore like to make their lives easier with our platform.
BC: How do you think that competition will develop following your ICO?
Blocklancer: We think that other people will want to copy our idea and sell it as their own, which is actually not too much of a concern for us.
As our whole team has experienced all the problems of freelancing first-hand, we know exactly which issues to address and how to solve them. Combining this knowledge with our teams expertise in computer technology, we are sure to withstand any and all competition and come out ahead.
There is actually already a similar platform being launched even before we could publicly announce our ICO date. At closer investigation, we found that this platform shares all the problems with those currently in existence, which is exactly what we want to avoid. People shouldn’t use the blockchain as a means to be “cool”, but in order to solve problems and make life easier.
That being said, we do welcome some good competition, as this might open our eyes to other problems that we could address.
BC: What are you planning to do with the proceeds of your ICO, and why?
Blocklancer: We want to become the biggest player in the freelancing market, but in order to achieve this, we need the money earned from our ICO to finance the marketing for our project and to invest into further development and improvement of our platform. We want to get our name out there, so that we can reach not only the technically versed but the casual people also. For ease of adoption we want to make our platform as easy and intuitive to use as possible.
Simplicity is one of our core principles, because reaching the masses is only possible with an easy-to-use interface. The experience of using Blocklancer should be one without any unnecessary hassles.
We have also conceptualized our platform to be an easily extensible base layer for others to use in their own projects.
We also plan to build a crowd development system, which is implemented on top of our base layer.
BC: For all those who have read your white paper and are still on the fence about contributing to your ICO, what can you tell them that could lead them to buy into your project?
The only thing I would want to tell a potential investor is to think about the good this project will do to the freelancing community.
This isn’t meant to be a purely speculative idea, such as many other crypto-currencies. With Blocklancer we want to use the blockchain technology in order to solve a problem many people are currently facing in their day-to-day life. We not only want to make a freelancing platform, but we want to inspire people to believe in the blockchain technology and to come up with other practical and useful applications for it.
If you as an investor share those values with us, then your investment in our project is sure to come to fruition.
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