Bitnovosti talked to the founder of the platform that uses smart contracts and modern blockchain-technologies to create a global ecosystem for freelancers and improve the global freelance market.
Bitnovosti: Why do freelancers need a new platform?
Iskander: Today freelancers represent one of the least protected groups of workers: they are not regarded as staff and don’t have any social guarantees. Existing platforms are not equipped with reliable financial instruments and therefore do not enable freelancers to insure their health, for instance, or prove their income to request a loan from the bank.
Besides, the platforms do not guarantee the conflict settlement between the freelancer and the customer. Nonetheless,the fees of such freelance services are traditionally quite high. The Unolabo team is aiming to solve all these problems.
The final goal of our project is to create a global ecosystem that would enable the self-employed to develop and monetise their skills. This will be possible with a special infrastructure relying on the blockchain and on smart contracts.
Bitnovosti: How does your platform work?
Iskander: The freelancers can use the platform to answer the customers requests, take part in master classes and demonstrate their lectures or presentations. All the contracts and transactions are accomplished with the help of an automated and transparent “smart contract”.
The key element of the platform is the term “skillset”. The whole interaction on the platform is built around the skills of each freelancer’s, be it a publication of a vacancy or an announcement of training services. Inside the Unolabo Skillmarket platform, the skills are a universal currency that can be acquired, transferred or sold, or else developed and improved. In the end, the level of maturity of the skill will be the measure of value for the service paid by the customer.
Bitnovosti: Who is your target audience?
Iskander: All freelancers in world, that want to have stable and interesting work everyday. Also, the “smart contract” of the project not only serves as a warranty of the correct settlement between the executor and the customer. We expect to attract international retirement funds and insurance companies that would be able to conclude contracts with the participants of the platform about insurance or retirement contributions. As for the rating of the professional activity of freelancers, it may also interest other partners of the platform, such as banks, software and hardware development companies, airlines and others.
Bitnovosti: How will Unolabo platform be organized?
Iskander: The Unolabo platform is based on the Ethereum blockchain and the smart contracts, which are required for better transparency and fairness on platform. The Unolabo smart contract includes the escrow mechanism that guarantees both the timely payment from the customer and the necessary result of the freelancer’s work. The payments would be carried out through the internal token UNLB. The whole payment history of interactions will recorded in a public blockchain, which will make the system even more.
We also provided a possibility of decentralized arbitration. If a customer or a freelancer has a claim, the system involves three independent anonymous arbiters who settle the dispute independently of each other.
Besides the main features of the platform, we also plan to include a system of loyalty, the MotiVa programme that would give its users an incentive to be more active in acquiring new skills and sharing them with others. As a reward the participants will get bonus points which can buy a medical insurance, purchasing airline tickets etc. By the way, the freelancers will be able to operate without any fees from the side of Unolabo.
Bitnovosti: At what stage of the development your project is?
Iskander: By now, our team has finished the testing of the money transfer system based on the Yandex.Money payment system. Currently, the project is in beta version; the partnership negotiations with international retirement funds and insurance companies are underway. We plan to launch the product in the countries of South Asia by the second quarter of 2018 and later proceed to South-East Asia.
Currently, the project is starting the token sale of the internal token UNLB: the pre-ICO is started on 27th November and will last till 18 January. During the pre-ICO, the team offers following bonuses based on the number of tokens bought:
29 November – 31 December 1 ETH = 650 UNLB (30% bonus)
15 December – 10 January 1 ETH = 575 UNLB (15% bonus)
10 January – 18 January 1 ETH = 537.5 UNLB (7.5% bonus).
Bitnovosti wishes success to the рrоjеct and proposes those that took interest in the project to see details on ico.unolabo.io