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Richard Foster, co-founder of Moneo.io.
Rebecca Wayman

Could this be the world's first blockchain agency for freelancers?

This week is to see the official launch of Moneo.io, the first blockchain talent agency that enables organisations worldwide to hire experienced blockchain freelancers.

From coders to marketers, organisations will be able to pay both fees and their freelancers in bitcoin via Moneo’s payments platform. Blockchain technology is currently being praised across every sector - from finance to law.

Richard Foster, co-founder, commented: “The freelance ethos is a natural fit for the boundless application of decentralised technologies.

“We saw not so much a gap in the market, as a yawning chasm for a digital, crypto-platform that brought together ambitious and innovative firms with the smartest blockchain talent across all disciplines.”

According to a recent report, the market is estimated to create annual revenues of $45bn (around £33bn) by 2027.

However, the challenge of making bitcoin and blockchain a reality continues due to the lack of expertise in their implementation, but Moneo is hoping to change this.

Founded in 2016, Moneo.io launched in beta in May this year. In six months, more than 400 clients posted around £6m of blockchain projects, and over 1,500 freelancers have applied.

Richard continued: “We only accept a fraction of freelance applications, so firms can be confident that whether they hire an Ethereum developer in the US, a UK blockchain marketing consultant, or an ICO expert in Germany, they are the best in their field.”

Prior to launching Moneo.io, Richard raised angel funding for a financially regulated payments platform. He has 10 years of experience as an IT consultant working in finance.

Thomas van der Bijl, CEO at Followcoin.io, added: “It’s normally a huge headache to find experienced blockchain talent, and we know projects can be delayed months because of it.

“Using Moneo, we found top notch Ethereum developers within 24 hours. These developers were able to soundly review our smart contracts and help us reach the Followcoin token sale target date.”

Moneo.io does not charge freelancers any commission on their work.

Solidity developer, Bryan Woods, said: “Some freelance sites are just geared to the lowest bidder, while others take a sizeable commission.

“Moneo does neither and there is no onerous pitching system. The jobs I’ve completed through Moneo have all been quality and well-funded projects.”

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