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Blockchain For Freelancers: 9 Startups To Watch In 2019

  • 21 January 2019
  • Sam Mire

Even the most organized freelancers have difficulty staying on track, and fortunately blockchain technology is being tailored as a sturdy crutch for the self-employed. As the workforce increasingly breaks free from the nine-to-five in favor of the gig economy, several blockchain businesses have started serving freelancers. Their platforms get freelancers paid in a more timely fashion. They represent a freelancer’s skills and experiences in single place. They’re making accounting less of a burden for these independent workers. They’re doing things for freelancers that most can’t afford to do for themselves. 


Blue Whale FoundationBlue Whale Foundation

Blue Whale maintains a decentralized space for freelancers to create and get paid.

On the Blue Whale Network, independent workers can network, advertise, and market themselves, and profit.

 

Date Founded: 2018

Funding Type: ICO


TalaoTalao

Talao freelancer users create resumes of their skills and experience that are validated and stored on the blockchain.

Users can also apply to selective talent pools, gaining access to broader job opportunities at no additional fee.

Date Founded: February 3, 2018

Funding Type: ICO


StormxStormX

The Storm platform gamifies micro-tasks for users around the world to collect cryptocurrency rewards. A gig economy all its own, Storm lets users take surveys, test new products, watch videos, and complete other small-scale tasks. In exchange, they can receive Storm Token, Bitcoin, or Ethereum for their time and effort. The quiz-style games are straightforward and engaging, and the more time users spend on Storm, the more cryptocurrency they’ll earn.

Date Founded: 2014

Funding Type: ICO


TellerTeller

Teller is a blockchain-enabled banking solution suited to anyone maintaining their own accounting systems. Teller is a complete financial resource that includes checking and savings accounts, a Visa debit card, and liability protection. It can forecast your future income and expenses in a way that is secure and resistant to hacking. It also offers 5 percent interest on users of the Teller savings account, and discounts on user fees when a worker goes on vacation – something Teller likens to “paid time off”.

Date Founded: September 21, 2017

Funding Type: Private / Venture-backed


MentatMentat

San Francisco-based Mentat is a blockchain-powered marketplace for jobseekers. The platform lets humans find professional partners through query-response smart contracts. Its automated matching systems eliminate many of the inefficiencies of other freelance marketplaces, ensuring that workers are paid only when tasks are complete. The platform’s distributed ledger also queries and tracks applicants’ verified skills to make the best possible work match.

Date Founded: 2016

Funding Type: Private/Venture-backed


FragmentsFragments

Fragments is another blockchain-enabled micro-task platform. It lets users earn cryptocurrency by completing simple tasks like quizzes and surveys. These tasks require a human because AI isn’t sufficiently advanced yet, so the platform rewards people for doing its jobs. Developers can also earn crypto by creating new micro-task applications. Smart contracts work to ensure that everyone receives the payment they expect.

Date Founded: 2018

Funding Type: Private/Venture-backed


BlocklancerBlocklancer

Austrian startup Blocklancer lives in the new niche of distributed autonomous job markets, where candidates and employers are automatically matched based on objective metadata. Its end vision is a blockchain-enabled self-regulating platform that pairs employers with qualified job candidates, no middlemen involved. Its Ethereum payments are not subject to restrictions based on a freelancer’s nation of origin, and this system minimizes issues that arise from variable currency exchange rates. Without users having a bank account or passport, Blocklancer guarantees payments, relatively low fees, and identity protection.

Date Founded: January 1, 2016

Funding type: ICO


CoinnectCoinnect

Switzerland-based Coinnect is building a sharing economy platform that specializes in live training and performance. Users can search, employ, and rate services such as remote IT assistance or an English lesson. They also can take advantage of live features such as video conferencing and real-time micropayments using the Coinnect crypto token. Instant messaging, zero-percent commissions on payments, and the ability for those without a bank account to use the platform means that Coinnect presents some distinct advantages over legacy freelance platforms.

Funding Type: Private/Venture-backed


The Bounties NetworkThe Bounties Network

The Bounties Network empowers humans to incentivize and self-organize everything from freelancing to grassroots social action. It’s not a traditional approach to human resources, but their smart contracts can organize tasks and contract work like research, content translation, and video production. The Bounties Network aims to help users create projects, collaborate, and get paid for doing great work of any kind.

Date Founded: April 2017

Funding Type: ICO

About Sam Mire

Sam is a Market Research Analyst at Disruptor Daily. He's a trained journalist with experience in the field of disruptive technology. He’s versed in the impact that blockchain technology is having on industries of today, from healthcare to cannabis. He’s written extensively on the individuals and companies shaping the future of tech, working directly with many of them to advance their vision. Sam is known for writing work that brings value to industry professionals and the generally curious – as well as an occasional smile to the face.

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