This interview is in association with CONTENTshift, the accelerator program of the Association of the German Book Publishers & Booksellers. You can learn more here https://www.contentshift.de/.
The winners are announced at a live ceremony at the Frankfurt Book Fair each year https://www.buchmesse.de/en. The accelerator program aims to push the boundaries of publishing.
In this interview, Joe talks to Vlad Guenther (https://www.linkedin.com/in/vlad-guenther/), CEO and Co-Founder of the startup Scienceroot. Scienceroot uses Blockchain to build an ecosystem for scientific research. The startup aims create an ecosystem where anyone in the scientific community around the globe will have the ability to gather funding, interact, discuss research ideas, collaborate and in the end, publish their work through a more efficient, intuitive and transparent platform.
You can learn more at www.scienceroot.com
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00:06 Host: Welcome to startuprad.io, your podcast and YouTube blog covering the German startup scene with news, interviews and live events.
00:19 Joe: Hello and welcome everybody, this is Joe from startuprad.io your startup podcast and YouTube blog from Germany. I’m here at the Frankfurt Book Fair, Frankfurt Book Mesa and I talk to another startup from the content shift accelerator program. And I do have a guest hey, welcome Vlad.
00:37 Vlad: Hello Joe, thanks for having me.
00:40 Joe: You’re very welcome. Can you tell us a little bit about your startup called science route?
00:46 Vlad: So, Science Route is a blockchain based scientific ecosystem that targets collaboration funding and publishing. Right now, our focus point is really on the collaboration, to improve collaboration between scientists. So, allowing scientists from different parts of the world to talk with each other, exchange ideas and really try to advance science as an all product.
01:12 Joe: Ok. And when we talked about before I did learn several things, for example, your target group, who are your users?
01:21 Vlad: So, our users are really the academic community professors research institutes as well, let’s say labs could be as well.
01:31 Joe: Laboratories
01:32 Vlad: Target groups as well. So, it’s more of a niche area but there are a lot of scientists out there in the world.
01:43 Joe: At first, I thought why blockchain everybody is now doing everything on Blockchain, it doesn’t make sense, but it actually does, why?
01:50 Vlad: So, really blockchain allows us to document the entire discovery process in an immutable way, so if you input any information on the Blockchain itself, you cannot modify or delete that information. So, this really benefits science for the proof of existence so you can input some information maybe some discovery ideas and then you can always prove that you were the first one to discover something.
02:21 Joe: So, it’s eventually to say Yeah, I’ve been first, because when you write something down on paper and you add to date, it’s not the most valid proof because everybody can write down everything any time but with your tool you can actually prove that you’ve been first, right?
02:37 Vlad: Correct, that’s also the prototype that we have currently released as well, it’s called scientific repositories where right now, you can input information, you can create your own project, input raw data and information and that information is then stored on the blockchain to create this proof of existence. What we want in the future with this scientific repository, to be an add-on to the publication itself, because scientific papers are published at the end. What we want to achieve is really adding also the steps that a researcher took in order to publish that information.
03:15 Joe: And for everybody who’s not familiar with scientific papers there goes a lot of thought into that and a lot of time. So, I would assume like almost a year for a good paper, right?
03:26 Vlad: Yeah, maybe more
03:28 Joe: Maybe more.
03:30 Vlad: From research from the idea until the published information.
03:35 Joe: Already sounds pretty good. What’s the outlook, what are you planning for the future?
03:39 Vlad: So, in the short timeframe we plan to release or scientific marketplace that allows researchers to exchange ideas, to maybe exchange equipment as well. So, really all related scientific services that can be exchanged can and will be posted on the scientific marketplace.
04:06 Joe: I’m curious what type of equipment could you exchange there? Is it like laboratory equipment? Is it like nuclear research facilities? Is it time on Web Space? Tell us what would it be?
04:20 Vlad: So, really let’s say a small example, someone in North America has a specific microscope that you need to run some tests and you are for example in Germany, you can offer some way of monetary payment for the person to make some tests that you need and then give you the results and have a peer to peer transaction exchange between the two persons.
04:49 Joe: Ok, I see. And I assume in chemistry, in physics, in biology, there’s a lot of specialized equipment that needs to be exchanged.
04:58 Vlad: Definitely. Materials as well, so there could be really some specific materials or some other idea that we are having is equipment that is thrown away in some countries, can be bought up with very few monies by research laboratories in developing countries, for example.
05:20 Joe: Who don’t have such a lot of money, right?
05:23 Vlad: Yeah, correct.
05:24 Joe: That is pretty nice, and if you take one step to the side, we see what content shift you can win 10,000 euros. You’ve been a member of this accelerator program, how did you like it, what did it give you as a startup, as a person?
05:40 Vlad: The content shift accelerator really helped us improve our product. Let’s say how does target the exact product or do the exact problem that we want to solve with our product. Talking with industry professionals really helped us get a different overview about how veterans of the industry really think, how we can improve as a startup ourselves. So, it was really a great opportunity to be part of the content shift and I recommend it for any startup that wants to grow and develop with it.
06:15 Joe: Well, the only thing left for me to say is best of luck happy researching.
06:22 Vlad Thanks
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