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What is Braintrust?

Braintrust is the first user-controlled talent network that connects enterprises with the highly skilled technical and design talent that they need. Braintrust’s unique business model allows talent to retain 100% of their market rate and enables organizations to spin up flexible teams and stretch their budgets 2-3x further by cutting out middlemen. This new business model of minimizing fees and giving value to the users instead of maximizing fees and concentrating value at the top is uniquely enabled by a blockchain token.

What problem is Braintrust solving?

Braintrust addresses three major problems in the market:

  • Enterprises need a platform and vetting system that cuts through the noise and matches them with vetted talent with the skills to quickly step in and create value.

  • Existing marketplaces have high fees of 30-60% that repel large projects and highly skilled talent.

  • Concentrated ownership of existing marketplaces creates misaligned incentives. The talent on our platform act like owners because they are.

How is Braintrust different than other marketplaces?

What makes Braintrust unique is its model: the marketplace is user-controlled. This radically different approach enables Braintrust to attract and retain higher-quality talent. Other platforms like Toptal, Upwork, Gigster, etc., take 40-70% of what the talent makes on the platform and ownership is highly concentrated among a few people and investors. Braintrust takes 0% of what the talent makes, and its platform will be controlled by the talent. This new business model of cutting out the middlemen and keeping incentives aligned is uniquely enabled by blockchain technology. This dramatically reduces costs for employers and talent, and therefore attracts the best people in the world while distributing value more equally to the talent in the network.

How does Braintrust work for enterprises?

Braintrust recruits and vets the most experienced tech talent for enterprises who want to outsource large projects and have a clear line of sight into the reputations of those they’re hiring. They can either source pre-screened talent and manage their own projects, or opt to have Braintrust fully manage development projects with agile teams on its platform. With Braintrust, organizations can spin up flexible teams and stretch budgets 2-3x further by cutting out middlemen.

How does Braintrust work for talent?

Talent on Braintrust get access to exciting projects without all the effort of applying for countless roles—all while keeping 100% of their market rate. They also have the ability to earn ownership in Braintrust by referring talent, organizations, or doing peer-to-peer vetting.

What is the purpose of the Braintrust token? How do users earn tokens?

The Braintrust token (BTRUST) is the core incentive mechanism given to users for building, curating, and improving the network. Examples of this include building out a talent profile (work history, reputation, skill certifications, etc.), referring new talent, referring new clients and helping to vet and curate the talent pool. Note: BTRUST tokens are NOT a payment layer, a legal claim on any business, a dividend or profit return mechanism.

What value do users gain from Braintrust tokens?

Ownership in Braintrust is represented in the BTRUST token. Owners, through voting with their tokens, are able to control the future of the network, decide which categories we expand into, how disputes should be resolved, what platform fees should be, what the platform rules should be, and other network governance topics. BTRUST will also be used to help talent differentiate their proposals to clients and more efficiently run their businesses on Braintrust. Braintrust Talent users run their businesses on Braintrust so having influence on the direction and governance of Braintrust is important to them.

What types of projects are available on Braintrust?

Braintrust primarily focuses on large, complicated technology and design projects spanning software, machine learning, data analytics, and related functions. Examples might include creating a health insurance shopping platform for a major insurance carrier, or the staffing of five full-stack engineers for a transportation company.

How many members are in the Braintrust Network?

Braintrust currently has hundreds of talented members in its network, with more being onboarded daily around the world.

What type of talent does Braintrust attract?

Braintrust attracts top tech talent from companies like Apple, Facebook, Google, Amazon, and more—and we're currently focused on four core categories involved in agile software development.

  • Designers (Graphical + UI/UX)
  • Engineers / Architects
  • Product and Project Managers
  • Quality Assurance

Currently, approximately 50% of talent on Braintrust are based in the U.S. and 50% are based in 15 different countries around the globe.

Each knowledge worker has more than a decade of experience in tech and design, and our beta members have been personally vetted by members of the Braintrust team to verify their skill sets. Our network represents a broad range of socioeconomic and education levels, and most importantly all have a passion for doing great work.

What is Braintrust?

Braintrust is the first user-controlled talent network that connects enterprises with the highly skilled technical and design talent that they need. Braintrust’s unique business model allows talent to retain 100% of their market rate and enables organizations to spin up flexible teams and stretch their budgets 2-3x further by cutting out middlemen. This new business model of minimizing fees and giving value to the users instead of maximizing fees and concentrating value at the top is uniquely enabled by a blockchain token.

How does Braintrust make money?

Braintrust charges a flat 10% success fee to the client. While its entity is a nonprofit, the project’s goal is to run at breakeven and make the network more useful for everyone that controls it and runs their business on it.

How much do Talent make on Braintrust? What are the average earnings?

Because Braintrust isn’t taking a huge rake from each transaction, Talent are able to charge and earn pure market rates on the marketplace. Hourly rates are set by Talent, and depend on skill levels, experience, and location. Fully managed projects can be variable or fixed price.

How do payments work?

Read more about Payments here.

When was Braintrust created?

The Braintrust Talent Marketplace first launched in 2019.

Who founded Braintrust?

Braintrust is founded by serial entrepreneurs Adam Jackson and Gabriel Luna-Osasteski who have collectively built upward of 15 companies and invested in over 100 marketplaces. Today, they’re on a mission to build the first user-controlled talent network uniquely enabled by a blockchain token.

Where is Braintrust headquartered?

The founders of the company reside in the San Francisco Bay Area, however the company as a whole is a fully distributed team with a presence in 15 countries around the world.

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