The First Block Podcast

TFB#18: Kartik Mandaville on building a decentralized verified identity platform for professionals

June 25, 2019

Kartik Mandaville is the founder and CEO of Springrole which is one of India’s best known companies that’s utilizing blockchain technology in a useful way. While Springrole say they are building a decentralized ‘verified professional identity’ platform for professionals, a simpler way to put it is that they are building LinkedIn but on a blockchain – and there’s a good reason why that’s the better way to do it.

0:30 Introduction to SpringRole | 1:10 Motivation to get into the tech world | 4:00 When he got interested in blockchain | 4:40 The idea behind SpringRole | 7:07 Why blockchain was the right solution | 8:80 Evolution of Springrole | 10:28 SpringRole as a non-fintech product on Ethereum | 12:50 The SpringRole token and user base | 17:40 How stakeholders fit in? | 19:21 Can SpringRole co-exist with LinkedIn | 20:49 Indiastack and the Government’s role in digitization | 24:13 Misinterpretation by banks and government by association with crypto | 25:04 Future of SpringRole | 28:10 Product-market fit | 30:00 The SpringRole culture | 40:40 The Superhumans’ Lunch culture | 42:27 His philosophy on leadership and team building | 44:25 Conclusion