We recently announced our crowdfunding campaign and have already received a lot responses via Twitter, our support desk, our survey form and by email, sent directly to me (Ivo, director). A significant part of the funding raised through this campaign, will go into further development of the Peerwith platform, ensuring it stays the premier platform for expert-led researcher services. To give you an idea of the type of investment we plan to make, here’s some insight into our product roadmap:
The Partner Cockpit
The Partner Cockpit will be a key feature in our partner approach and a major attraction in the Institutional Solutions on offer. It will be a management console offering an aggregated view of platform projects, plus related solutions for vendor management and analytics. Individual users have their own Dashboards. The Cockpit will be a higher-level application, intended for administrative users at partner level, tracking multiple users’ platform activity. It will provide institutions with an overview of their researchers’ activity on the Peerwith platform.
The Cockpit currently exists as a blueprint and still needs to be developed. The most requested features are:
- Monitor usage of the platform at a partner level
- Access and control features related to a partner / institutional account
- Administrative features related to central budgeting or consolidated billing
- Support features at a partner level
Here is two screenshots of what the UX will look like:
Added value services, workflow tools and unified messaging
Empowering experts is central for us. We are on course to making Peerwith the number one platform where experts can do business. We plan to work on added value services within the core process, such as: invoicing solutions, certificate generation, international VAT issues for experts, and cheaper and faster payment solutions. Everything experts need to service clients via Peerwith, allowing them to focus on providing services.
Secondly, we will be looking at workflow tools, such as: automated submission support, machine translation, and automated language assessments. This will allow for different models and services. But, make no mistake, we believe human interaction is of superior value and expert-led services are our primarily role. Automation will only be in place to empower experts.
And thirdly, featureset is something frequently requested by experts; unified messaging, including email integration, and possibly chatbots. The next step will also be to bring the “availability” aspect into the platform.
Building on the foundations of the successful launch of Peerwith – the marketplace, we will also be announcing the launch of a new smart coin – PeerwithCoin. PeerwithCoin will help us create a more complete researcher services ecosystem with the addition of a currency in the Peerwith marketplace, making our platform a more efficient, reliable and convenient place to do business.
PeerwithCoin will be a secure, blockchain-based payment token, intended primarily for the Peerwith marketplace. PeerwithCoin will not require external wallets, as coins will be purchased through the Peerwith website, without commission being charged. All coins purchased will be directly available for use. We expect PeerwithCoin to become the primary payment tender on the Peerwith marketplace, as smart contracts will help both parties do business faster, with automatic payments taking place after successful delivery of services.
One of the drivers in introducing PeerwithCoin will be to create a more efficient marketplace. PeerwithCoin will allow our platform to manage microprojects and micropayments, where parties can conduct business without paying high transaction and payment fees. Transaction costs will be reduced, and we will remove our current minimum fee allowing for micropayments for smaller requests, standard services and value-added services.
More information about PeerwithCoin will follow soon.