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TechnologyI’m Nick Macario, CEO of Remote.com and Dock.io, an Ethereum based protocol for a professional network. AMA

Jan 12th 2018 by nickmacario • 19 Questions • 184 Points

Hey reddit!

I’ve built multiple platforms in the in the professional networking space, which each grew to millions of users . I’m currently the CEO of Remote.com which is one of the largest job networks in the world for remote work, with over 2.5 million users. I have lived and breathed this space.

The consistent problem I’ve encountered has been that centralized data controls the professional industry. Despite being the creator and contributor of your professional data(resume/cv, network, reviews), these hard earned efforts are now confined to one platform, as it is not possible to transfer this data and value.

I am passionate about the future of work, and believe there are much better ways of doing things than current industry standards. This is the reason I co-founded dock.io, an Ethereum based protocol that will decentralize user data by giving them complete control and ownership of their data.

AMA Proof: The photo I sent to the moderators https://twitter.com/NickMacario

I’ll be answering questions starting at 12pm EST to about 2pm EST.

Edit:

Alright I’m off! But thanks for being awesome. I'll try to check back in and answer questions as they come. If you’d like to learn more about dock, feel free to join any of our communities below: Telegram Subreddit Facebook

Q:

Do you actually think you are solving a real problem, or just trying to cash in on the easy ICO money?

A:

I do! We are solving a very real problem. Centralized platforms (even Reddit) control your data.

Why shouldn't you be able to take your Reddit karma or history to another platform --- why does Reddit own all the time and effort you have put in to building that Karma?

One small example of tens of thousands of centralized platforms. Nearly every consumer facing app owns and controls your information.


Q:

Or you can ignore the question. All good. I am used to it anyways.

A:

jboxd, sorry to hear about your issue in the past. I can ask the team to take another look if you email [email protected] the information from this thread.


Q:

Thanks for the answer.

Do you think there are going to be websites that are not compatible with how the Dock app works? Because transferring data in an easy and fast way will be really useful.

A:

We are going to make it easy for apps to be compatible. The larger we grow the more eager they will be to get involved and join the ecosystem.


Q:

Are you investing money in Ethereum ?

A:

I do own Ethereum. I practice what I preach :)


Q:

Very cool project!

What got you interested in Crypto? & Why do you think its a better environment than just building something like a "google sign-in" application, that is focused on remote data transfer?

A:

I've been personally passionate about crypto and blockchain for some time and I've been involved in other crypto projects through my network.

The crypto community works together to help each other build a better future. You don't see the same with traditional startups, not anywhere near the same extent anyway.

Google sign in is extremely limited. You can only import minimal data - Google is also a centralized power that can change rules and processes at any time.


Q:

What sites is Dock.io competing with? Linkedin?

A:

dock.io doesn't compete with sites like LinkedIn, it works with them. dock.io connects LinkedIn and other platforms, allowing users to transfer their information from platform to platform.


Q:

Now I'm interested. How does it get their information? Surely these other sites aren't giving it away willingly?

A:

We are building an ecosystem of platforms (like LinkedIn) who will participate. We have several large scale partnerships confirmed. The more partnerships we secure the stronger and more valuable the network becomes, which will result in additional partnerships and a larger ecosytem.


Q:

What do you think the job finding / recruitment industry is going to look like in 5 to 10 years. How do you envision the role of blockchain technology (in particular smart contracts) in this future?

A:

Processes will be extremely more efficient. Applying to jobs, connecting to people, these processes will be connected across the web, vs fragmented data silos which we have now.

As you connect with someone on LinkedIn that data will be automatically transferable to any app you wish. Data will be consistent and up to date everywhere on the internet, vs stale profiles you haven't updates in months or years.


Q:

What was the motivation for starting dock?

A:

This could go for a while, but I'll try to make it brief --

Experiences with the 3 platforms my co-founder and I have built in this space. We’ve experienced many issues as founders and operators and listened to million of users issues.

I can share one specific example with branded.me - branded.me started as a personal website builder. Users could import their LinkedIn information to our platform with one click and branded.me would instantly generate a customizable web page using this information. People loved it because in seconds they could build a really nice looking web page about themselves which helped them stand out online, appear tech savvy, and find more opportunities.

branded.me got viral fast and grew to nearly 500k users in a few months. 3 months in at 500k users and growing fast, LinkedIn made an announcement that it would restrict public API access for nearly all apps using the API - 30,000 businesses at the time - branded.me being one.

What this meant was users would no longer be able to instantly import their information, which forced us to change our business quite a bit. For us it was a blessing as we evolved, but many other thriving businesses died because of this change.

LinkedIn made this decision to strengthen their position and make it harder for others to become competition, which is currently the standard you see in nearly all companies,.

Innovation slowed because of this change. It’s harder for new innovative apps to become successful without this data - users don’t want to spend hours signing up to your new app, they don’t have time to waste, so they abandon the sign up process after seeing there are 10 steps remaining. Why can’t users import THEIR information to other platforms instantly? Why can’t companies work together creating a more efficient internet and economy?

These are questions I’ve lost sleep over for years. This is something we think we can change.


Q:

Cool! How do I participate in the token sale?

A:

Sign up for our newsletter at dock.io or the app at app.dock.io to learn more and stay up to date.


Q:

What applications will be able to use dock?

A:

Any applications, as it will be decentralized.

We also proactively work to establish partnerships and have very strong confirmed partnerships, but have not publicly announced those yet as we are still finalizing a few items. One we can announce is Remote.com, which has 2.5 million users and is growing by more than 4,000 new users per day.


Q:

How do you see the professional networking world changing in the next 5 years?

A:
  • You will see companies like LinkedIn have far less control over what happens with user data. A reminder - user data (your resume/vc and network/connections) power hundreds of thousands of apps, and nearly every system in this industry.
  • You will see data flow between apps more fluently with the user having much more control.
  • You will see much more current information from app to app vs profiles and resumes which haven’t been updated in months or years.

Q:

Why does your proof have the wrong date?

A:

This was the picture I sent to mods in December. Tried to point that out in the description. Happy to take another one for you if that would help.


Q:

Naw man. Was just curious. I checked the tweet and it’s all legit. Thanks for the AMA!

A:

Thank you for checking it out!


Q:

Thank you for doing an AMA.

What’s on your bucket list?

A:

More traveling - a strange thing to say for the CEO of Remote.com.

I’ve been heads down for several years building companies and haven’t done enough traveling, but that will change sometime in the future :)


Q:

if another protocol that is substantially different from ethereum but turns out to be much better emerges, how quickly can you refactor your platform to use the newer protocol?

A:

Great question - we chose Ethereum due to a strong ecosystem of projects and talented folks involved.

There are alternatives out there if we have issues with scalability. For now we are bullish on the Ethereum network and new technologies in the pipeline.


Q:

If you had to do a switchover, would your strategy be to rewrite your platform from scratch with a new team, acquire a company that has a head-start, or divert resources from your current staff to implement it?

A:

Switching to a new chain wouldn't require rewriting our entire platform and surely wouldn't want to replace our team!


Q:

What's the biggest challenge you've found with working on a crypto project?

A:

So many new things and unchartered territories. We, along with the entire crypto community, are creating new paths every day and learning new things as we go.


Q:

Where is the best place to learn more about dock?

A:

Our website is a great place to start. The whitepaper gets very deep into tech if interested.

Joining our group in Telegram is a great place to connect as well - https://t.me/dockio