The blockchain platform for building decentralized marketplaces

Origin is building a platform that enables the creation of many decentralized marketplaces, allowing buyers and sellers to connect and transact directly on the blockchain. The company is building a set of protocols, developer libraries, and a decentralized application using the Ethereum blockchain and IPFS, with an initial focus on disrupting sharing economy marketplaces. Origin's mission is to reduce or remove transaction fees, promote open and transparent commerce, redistribute value more fairly to buyers and sellers, and empower the 2 billion currently unbanked individuals around the world to participate in digital marketplaces.

 

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Introducing Origin, The blockchain platform for building decentralized marketplaces

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Dear Crowdholders,   This week, we'd like to get your opinion and feedback on Origin Protocol. Origin is a sharing economy marketplace and set of protocols that enables buyers and sellers of fractional use goods and services (car-sharing, service-based tasks, home-sharing, etc.) to transact on the distributed, open web.  As Origin's software is actively being developed, it's highly recommend visiting their Github. Using the Ethereum blockchain and Interplanetary File System (IPFS), the platform and community are decentralized, allowing for the creation and booking of services and goods without traditional intermediaries. We are specifically building a large-scale commerce network that: Transfers direct financial value (listing, transaction, and service fees) from large corporations like Airbnb, Craigslist, Postmates, etc. to individual buyers and sellers. Transfers indirect financial and strategic value (privately aggregated silos of customer and transaction data) from those same corporations to the entire ecosystem. Creates new financial value for marketplace participants that contribute to the growth of the network (e.g. building new technology for the 0rigin network, bootstrapping new product verticals, and referring new users and businesses). Is built on an open, distributed, and shared data layer to promote transparency and collaboration. Immediately allows buyers and sellers across the world to do business with each other without difficult currency conversions or tariffs. Promotes personal liberty by not allowing a central corporation or government to impose arbitrary and oftentimes onerous rules on how to do business. What do you think of this idea? Can you think of any possible obsticles/alternative business model that could make this business revenue/competitive (dis)advantage? Any other suggestions/recommendations? Give us your overall thoughts.      
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