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Block.one’s FinLab EOS VC Fund Invests in Moonlighting

FinLab’s EOS VC Fund, a venture capital fund backed by Block.one, the publisher of the blockchain protocol EOSIO and FinLab AG, has signed a strategic partnership with on-demand freelance platform Moonlighting. FinLab EOS VC Fund will invest in Moonlighting and collaborate to incorporate EOSIO into Moonlighting’s Blockchain Profile Management System (BPMS).

“Block.one’s EOS VC program is committed to forming partnerships with companies that demonstrate a promising business operation and value the benefits of EOSIO,” commented Paul Grotowski, COO of EOS VC. “We believe that Moonlighting contains the three key traits you look for in a decentralized application: real customers, real traction and a bona fide use case for blockchain technology.”

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“FinLab has a long and successful history of investing in the most disruptive FinTech companies in the world,” said Stefan Schuetze, FinLab Member of the Board of Management. “Moonlighting has built a platform that leverages blockchain technology to make it easier, faster and safer for freelancers to conduct business globally. We really like the team, their mission to help freelancers and believe they will be one of the early winners to validate blockchain.”

To create a more trusted on-demand hiring experience, Moonlighting will use the proceeds to transport over 700,000 profiles to their blockchain, using the EOSIO protocol. Each profile will become portable and include important hiring data such as reviews, referrals and recommendations as well as job verifications of third-party licenses and certifications. In addition, Moonlighting will include their mobile management tool set like proposals, invoices, mobile payments, and CRM in the blockchain profile, giving users the freedom to freelance safely on the Internet.

“We have been following Block.one’s development and are impressed with EOSIO’s speed and cost value proposition,” added Moonlighting’s CEO Jeff Tennery. “Using the EOSIO protocol, we can deliver an open-source blockchain-based freelancer tool kit that will empower millions of freelancers to control their profiles and conduct business worldwide.”

Founded in 2014, Moonlighting has been helping freelancers and entrepreneurs start, build and grow their own personal small businesses and can be found in over 150 news media sites including the Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Miami Herald and USA TODAY.

About Richard Kastelein

Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News put him in the top 10 Token Architects in Europe.

Kastelein has an Ad Honorem – Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China’s first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School for Business Automation 4.0 programme.  Over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission’s SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government’s Innovate UK division.

Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, Prague, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara (2x), Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich.

He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He’s written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com, and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French. A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein’s professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he’s travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world. In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Seas’ travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he’s raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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