Braintrust, a San Francisco, CA-based global network of highly-skilled technical and design talent, raised $18m in strategic funding.
The round was led by ACME and Blockchange Ventures, joined by new investors Omidyar Technology Ventures, Pantera, Multicoin, Hashkey and Variant.
The company intends to use the funds to further accelerate the marketplace’s growth.
Founded by serial entrepreneurs Adam Jackson and Gabriel Luna-Ostaseski, Braintrust is expected to be the first user-controlled talent network that provides enterprises with skilled technical and design talent that they need. Its network model – enabled by a blockchain token – aims to allow talent to retain 100% of their market rate, and enables organizations to spin up flexible teams and cut out the middlemen.
Braintrust is a fully distributed network with a presence in 15 countries around the world. The platform has thousands of active workers completing projects for clients, and many thousands more in its talent vetting pipeline.