Cofound.it platform roadmap 2018: 5 core services for the startup ecosystem
From the beginning, Cofound.it had a vision of building the support infrastructure to help startups grow and get funding. Breaking apart such an ambitious vision into a more concrete roadmap is no easy task for any technology startup, and it’s even more complicated for blockchain startups. Regulation is either undefined or becoming more strict, it varies wildly from country to country — a challenging situation when you’re building a global product — and blockchains are still evolving and trying to solve core design challenges such as scalability and maintainability.Despite the unknowns in the landscape, we identified five core services of the Cofound.it platform that will allow us to build our vision into code piece by piece. This is how we see our services evolving over the course of this year:Startup discovery: one of the main goals of the Cofound.it platform is to connect startups to potential customers, experts, investors and partners. Last year, we started by showcasing the startups we’d advised intensively for months and introducing basic startup ratings. This year we want to open up the platform to more startups and focus on showcasing their products, not just business plans. The goal is to help startups not just raise money, but find product-market fit — the key challenge for any startup. In the past few months, we’ve been looking for great blockchain startup products to showcase at events around the world, and we’re now getting ready to release a new way for startups to connect with early adopters.Funding services: last year platform development was mostly focused on supporting crowdsales with Ethereum-based smart contracts that supported multiple phases and individual limits for whitelisted wallets. Last month we added KYC capabilities to our platform and support for special offers for CFI token holders. Right now we’re working with regulators to explore different options for future crowdsale and startup investment regulations around the world, and we’ll adjust the funding services we offer both to startups and our community members accordingly. Currently, we see this part of the platform mostly as a legal rather than a technical challenge.Token services: we believe that tokenisation will become an important part of any business — including our own, with the CFI token fueling future platform interactions. Utility tokens are not necessarily connected to fundraising and can instead be a tool for encouraging early adoption of a product. This year we’ll focus on developing better tools for startups to connect with their potential customers through tokens, and allowing all of us to try exciting new products.Information services: marketing, legal, tech, HR, accounting … a startup has to understand different aspects of their business, often without a complete team. We want to offer startups high-quality resources that can help them grow. We’re already doing this through our blog but we want these valuable resources to become part of the Cofound.it platform and connected to CFI token utility.Expert services: for startups that need a bit of extra help, we want to eventually be able to offer a directory of experts that can advise startups in different areas of their business, from design to legal and everything in between. We’re already beta testing an evaluation expert service in which a selected group of community evaluators is being paid in CFI tokens. Based on what we learn from this experiment, we’ll be able to better define how similar expert services will work in the future.In developing all of the services, we are, of course, keeping an ear to the ground for both legal and technical developments as well as startup needs. Going forward, we’re planning on including more user testing in our development process so we can fine tune our platform to the actual needs of startups and early adopters.We can’t wait to share with you our first major update to the startup discovery service very soon, so stay tuned!Cofound.it platform roadmap 2018: 5 core services for the startup ecosystem was originally published in Cofound.it Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.