Alex Hurd, Charles Feibel, and Lena Rantsevich on CG Backstage

Block Dojo 2023: CVs, metaverse travel and car passports on the BSV blockchain

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As the world enters into the Web3 era, entrepreneurs are getting more creative, finding new ways to cater to the young generation with advanced technologies such as blockchain. A prime example is the startup founders at Block Dojo, the 12-week London incubator course where businesses are developed and pitched to potential investors.

Block Dojo participant Lena Rantsevich describes her platform as the new CV and the new standard for the future of work. “Reputy.io is a Soulbound talent wallet that helps people better express themselves and find better jobs and faster,” she says.

Soulbound, a term coined by Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin means a token containing personal information that is validated. “It could be your medical history or driving history, anything that goes into your digital ID or digital passport,” Lena explains.

Reputy.io uses the Bitcoin SV blockchain to store information such as photos or videos that showcase an individual’s skill set. A feature on the app allows for verification of a skill or talent performed in front of an audience. As Lena explains, every “entry goes into a wallet, there is no scoring, no assessment, it’s not traumatic unlike other reviews platforms.”

For jobseekers, the app is free, with an option to pay for premium access. Similar to LinkedIn, users will receive notifications when a new vacancy with a matching skill set appears. As for employers, a monthly fee offers the opportunity to search for talents that would best suit their needs. Lena also mentions an embedded marketplace on the platform that will provide users access to coaches, services and training courses.

Lena believes the platform will draw in the Gen Zs. As she tells Charles Miller on this episode of CoinGeek Conversations, “There’s playability of the social media—Gen Z will love it because there’s a lot of creativity and customized interfaces inside.”

Also discussed on the episode is the future of travel. Alex Hurd’s TravelVRse offers a new take on how we plan travel. TravelVRse uses Web3 technology and lets users visit a destination without having to leave home. The new platform provides a travel experience in the metaverse. “You will come into a virtual world, you’ll be able to pick a city that you want to go to, then you’ll be able to see a range of tours in that city that you can go with, and there’ll be themed tours,” Alex says.

As Alex points out, millennials are moving into virtual reality and Web3. In turn, he says hotels, restaurants and art galleries are keen on investing in their platform to help keep up with the young market. “Hotels and landmarks are paying for this service, that is fully immersive, so you really get to feel what it’s like in that local area, and then for the hotel, they want you to go and stay in the area and stay with them,” he says. 

TravelVRse will use blockchain technology in its token reward system. Virtual travelers who complete challenges inside the metaverse will be awarded tokens that can be used in the real world—for instance, a free stay at a sponsoring hotel.

According to Alex, the TravelVRse app is available on the Meta (NASDAQ: META) store and will eventually be available in the Apple store (NASDAQ: AAPL). The first city tour launching in June will be in San Diego. 

Lastly this week is CarStash, an app that will bring reliable blockchain solutions to the car industry. It’s co-founder and CEO Charles Feibel says, “CarStash is basically creating a digital passport for car owners on blockchains so they can store all the history and maintenance records of their car.” 

As Charles explains, they plan to onboard establishments that cater to the car industry first before releasing the app to users. After which, he says they plan to target car collectors, luxury car owners and the likes who wish to keep the value of their vehicle.

“You will basically receive a logbook with your vehicle where you will be able to use it in many other businesses like a mechanic, and everybody will be able to add some information to it,” he explains.

Users will be able to single-handedly add the data themselves; however, it will be considered unverified. Only businesses in the CarStash network will be able to add certified repairs and documents to the logbook, he explains.

Watch Lena, Alex and Charles in the first of four episodes of the first Block Dojo 2023 series.

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