ICO Analysis: SpringRole

SpringRole is a blockchain-powered professional profile attestation and verification platform.

In other words, you can think of it as Linkedin on the blockchain.

Currently, there are a lot of problems with people making things up on their resume. According to the SpringRole whitepaper, approximately 53% of resumes contain some degree of inaccuracy.

This leads to a lot of inefficiency in verifying someone’s professional background with things like reference checks and attestations (e.g. a university attesting that someone’s educational credentials are legitimate) often being expensive and slow.

SpringRole, therefore, aims to leverage blockchain technology in order to provide a platform where people can view, share, and acquire attestations related to education, work experience, and skills.

Once information about an individual is verified, it will be written to the blockchain, making verified information publicly viewable and unchangeable. This means that once claims about one’s resume are verified, they no longer have to be re-verified in the future, saving people time and money.

There are several types of attestors on the SpringRole platform:

  1. Individuals – individuals can attest to the skills of other individuals (e.g. good at Python, public speaking). Select individuals, such as professors, can attest to things like students’ projects
  2. Companies – companies attest to employees’ work experience and other information related to their job tenure, such as title
  3. Universities – universities attest to individuals’ educational backgrounds like whether someone actually studied at the university and what degree(s) he or she obtained. Other relevant information like specific courses can be attested to
  4. Course Providers – Course providers like MOOC platforms (Coursera, etc.) can attest that someone has completed a course on their platform
  5. Examination Providers – Examination providers like College Board (SAT) and Educational Testing Services (GRE) can attest to individuals’ results on their exams

Token

The Spring network will be powered by the SPRING token.

SPRING can be obtained in the following ways:

  1. Referring others to the platform (referred individual needs to complete their profile and receive a certain number of endorsements)
  2. Refer a company (the company needs to complete a transaction)
  3. Get rewarded for endorsing or validating someone (e.g. attesting to someone’s skill in something, a university attesting someone’s degree, a company attesting someone’s work experience)
  4. Completing your profile and receiving attestations – a fraction of the token(s) goes to the attestor based on their reputation on the platform
  5. Mediate a freelancing project

SPRING can be used for endorsing or attesting to someone’s skill(s) as well as getting access to attested resumes.

There will be a total of 10 billion SPRING tokens and the token distribution will be as follows.

  • 25.5% token sale
  • 30% market development
  • 25% team and founders
  • 10% contributors and advisors
  • 9.5% foundation

Market development tokens vested over 4 years (20% on launch, 20% after 1 year, and the rest every month for 3 years).

Team and founder tokens are vested over 4 years (20% on launch, 20% after 1 year, 60% vested every month for 3 years).

Advisor tokens are vested over 2 years (50% on launch, 50% distributed every month for 2 years).

Foundation tokens are locked for 2 years.

The public presale is ongoing and has a minimum contribution of 2 ETH, maximum contribution of 500 ETH, and bonus of 40%. Price is 1 SPRING = .00002 ETH.

Public sale is TBA.

Of the token sale proceeds, 40% will go towards market development, 45% towards adoption (developer ecosystem, incubator fund, PR and partnerships), 5% towards administration, 5% towards legal expenses, and 5% towards miscellaneous.

Team

Founder and CEO Kartik Mandaville was CTO and Special Technical Advisor for Science Inc., a startup studio known for being an early investor in startups like Dollar Shave Club (acquired by Unilever for $1B) and HelloSociety (acquired by The New York Times). He was also a Technical Advisor for Science Blockchain, Science’s blockchain startup incubator. He also served as CTO of LetMeKnow.com, an online portal for Indian college students seeking internships, scholarships, and more.

Vice President of Business Development and Strategy David Lewis is an online business veteran. He started as a product manager for Software Technologies Corp, which was acquired by Sun Microsystems for nearly $400 million. He was the Director of Business Development for Overture Services, the first paid search engine that later ended up being sold to Yahoo for $1.6 billion. He was the Founder and CEO of 77Blue, which owned coupon and cash back websites AnyCoupons and Cashbaq. 77Blue was acquired by Ebates, which was later acquired by Rakuten for $1 billion. Lewis also served as Director of Business Development for Shopzilla, which at its peak was a $200 million+ revenue comparison shopping site. Having such an experienced business development expert will be of great help to SpringRole.

Advisors

Advisors include the following:

  • Mike Jones – Mike Jones is CEO of Science, Inc. and has tons of experience not just as CEO of Science Inc. but as Senior Vice President at AOL, CEO at Myspace, and investor in companies like Goodreads among others.
  • Toni Lane – Toni Lane is a known name in the blockchain space and among other accomplishments, is the Co-Founder of CoinTelegraph, which also runs properties like Coinmarketcap, and was advisor to companies like Tether and Mycelium.

Verdict

Below is a breakdown of the risks and growth potential of SpringRole.

Risks

  • No information on presale lockups or vesting – combined with relatively large contribution limits, a bit worrisome. (-0.5)
  • In terms of platform growth, who would pay to endorse someone’s skills or validate one’s credentials? Perhaps this would be of great use to employers and HR departments but adoption looks like it would be tough for regular users. Though it looks like a large portion of SpringRole funds is going towards adoption and market development. (-0.5)
  • Granted it’s still presale, but hype is a bit weak. (-0.5)

Growth Potential

  • Has a beta, which is promising from an implementation perspective. (+3.5)
  • Good team and advisors. (+3.5)

Disposition

Though SpringRole has a relatively strong team and advisory board as well as a beta, lack of current hype and questions about the platform’s long-term viability don’t make it a clear winner for now. However, it could be something to keep an eye on if interest starts to grow. SpringRole receives a 5.5/10.

Investment Details

  • Type: ERC20 – Utility
  • Symbol: SPRING
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Crowdsale: Presale ongoing, public sale TBA
  • Minimum Investment: 2 ETH (presale – public sale TBA)
  • Price:1 SPRING = .00002 ETH
  • Hard Cap: $12m
  • Payments Accepted: ETH
  • Restricted from Participating: USA/Canada (only accredited investors), Belarus, Central African Republic, China, Congo, Crimea (Ukraine), Cuba, Iran, Lebanon, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, South Korea, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe, Balkans (Serbia, Albania, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Moldova, Croatia, Macedonia, Kosovo)

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