Blockchain Employment Startup Wins $10,000 at Consensus 2016

Decentralized employment company Colony has become the unanimous winner of the Consensus 2016 Proof of Work contest and the attached $10,000 prize.

AccessTimeIconMay 4, 2016 at 2:27 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 1:59 p.m. UTC
Startup contest winner 2016
Startup contest winner 2016

Decentralized employment company Colony, which helps connect employers with freelancers all over the world, has become the unanimous winner of the Consensus 2016 Proof of Work startup showcase competition and its attached $10,000 prize.

Co-founder Collin Vine presented the company to a panel of notable investors, including Pascal Bouvier of Santander InnoVentures, Rumi Morales of CME Ventures, Dan Morehead of Pantera Capital and Bitstamp, James Robinson of RRE Ventures, and Matthew Roszak of Bloq and Tally Capital.

In his winning pitch, Vine explained that companies can create what he called "colonies", similar to other project management applications, but each with a pot of money from which freelancers can claim different "bounties" for their work.

"The person who does the most bounties gets the largest amount of money," he explained.

Prior to the pitches, the investors had explained what they look for in a bitcoin company, with Morehead teasing that many of the startups he sees showcasing are, effectively, any industry, "but with bitcoin". Not surprisingly, he advised against employing that strategy.

The other four startups pitching their ideas at Proof of Work were:

  • The Sun Exchange –presented by Abraham Cambridge. Plans to create a platform whereby investors can invest in small-scale solar projects with monthly dividends paid out
  • Coinprism – presented by Flavien Charlon. A private chain provider allowing individual companies to launch their own blockchain
  • Lawnmower – presented by Pieter Gorsira. A digital currency investment platform allowing investors to track multiple coins
  • Uniquid – presented by Stefano Pepe. An Internet of Things software library.

The other videos are available here.

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