The Problem: Search For Products and Services is Broken
Finding businesses, products and services that we can truly trust, is a complicated, fragmented and unsolved problem.
Chlu solves the Search problem by first solving the Reputation problem
Chlu Addresses Current Reputation Problems
Online reputation management is deeply flawed, for example:
It’s too easy to manipulate the current systems.
Because ratings have real world financial consequences, there are substantial incentives to cheat the system and game your reputation or the reputation of competitors.
Reputation isn’t portable, instead it is locked inside many individual walled gardens; your reputation on eBay is meaningless on Amazon.
There is huge value in having your reputation established and portable across all ecosystems, and having no single organization be the gatekeeper that must be trusted. The future is trustless!
|System||Required Proof of Purchase||Walled Garden|
|Google Seller Ratings||Third-Party Trust||Yes|
Chlu solves these problems by offering a truly open, trustless, free to use reputation system that is backed by payments received on blockchains. There is no charge apart from the small fee paid to the blockchain miners (gas). The system is open to use for anyone and portable across all marketplaces.
Chlu Reputation Features
Feedback tied to payments
Proof of Payment: Customers can leave feedback only if they made a payment to the vendor.
Proof of Payment Requested: Every payment made can be verified as a response to a payment request from the vendor.
The only fees in the system are those charged by blockchain miners.
Feedback is private to the vendor. Vendors can share their reputation with any marketplace, including their own websites.
All or Nothing Reputation
Vendors can not selectively hide a review. Once they share their reputation with a marketplace their entire history is available to the marketplace.
Anyone can use the reputation system as a vendor, customer or marketplace. No central authority controls access to the platform. Chlu is decentralized
Marketplaces can store detailed customer reviews using an extensible storage format and aren’t limited by a predefined review data structure. This is similar to the way NoSQL presents data to users.
Chlu Reputation for Vendors
- Build a reputation backed by payments made directly to you
- Keep your reputation history public or share only with the marketplaces you choose
Reputation’s Walled Garden Problem
- All trade history is locked inside walled gardens
- Acme Inc. struggles to trade on different marketplaces
- Permanent history of trades
- Accessible to anyone with permission from Acme Inc.
- Owned by Acme Inc., not the marketplace
How Chlu Reputation Works
No trusted entity required
- Vendor creates payment request and shares it with the customer. All reputation data on Chlu must be backed by this payment request.
- Customer clicks on payment request link to open their Chlu wallet.
- Customer makes a payment.
- The payment processor makes the payment through blockchain
- The payment request is saved along with the payment transaction ID.
- Customer leaves feedback for vendor once item is received.
- Each review is saved on an immutable, decentralised system and is backed by the proof of payment that is in turn backed by a proof of payment request.
- Feedback is shared with all the marketplaces the vendor has enabled access for.
Chlu Token Economy
- Tokens generated by customers writing reviews and ratings
- Amount rewarded is inversely proportional to total volume of written reviews in that hour
- Tokens also generated when vendors receive payments
- To maintain liquidity Chlu automatically and transparently balances ad spend vs. reward for writing reviews on an hourly basis
An open source ecosystem supported by protocols published in the public domain.
Meet the Chlu Team
Brian is a computer scientist entrepreneur who has founded successful startups and held tech leadership positions for Fortune 500 companies. He holds a MSc in Distributed Systems.Read BioLinkedIn
Stephen is an executive leader and entrepreneur with a proven track record from tech startups to Fortune 500 companies. He holds a MSc in Multimedia Systems.Read BioLinkedIn
Kulpreet Singh, PhD
Kulpreet is a distributed systems PhD from Trinity College Dublin, where he developed a novel consensus protocol. He has founded startups in online gaming and online marketplaces.Read BioLinkedIn
Andronikos Nedos, PhD
Smart Contracts and Storage
Andronikos co-founded FieldAware and holds a PhD from Trinity College Dublin. His thesis produced a novel gossip protocol for consensus in disconnected networks.Read BioLinkedIn
Hitesh Tewari, PhD
Hitesh is Assistant Professor at Trinity College Dublin’s School of Computer Science and Statistics, where he has published extensively on cryptography, blockchains and online payments.Read BioLinkedIn
Token Economy and PR
Cassidy is an expert in international finance with a Master's from Columbia University. Her research on interest rates is regularly read by senior central bankers around the world.Read BioLinkedIn
Decentralised Content Networks
Enrico is a computer scientist from italy with a strong passion for open source software and peer to peer distributed systems. His recent projects include IPFS Boards and IPFS Drive.Read BioGithub
Frank is a design guru and front-end expert. He specializes in user interface design for the web, mobile applications and installations.Read BioLinkedIn
Front End Developer
Max is an experienced senior full-stack developer with experience in mobile (React Native), server back-end solutions (Node.js, Ruby on Rails), and modern front-end frameworks (Angular, React).Read BioGithub
Jesse is a General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners, an early executive at WeWork, co-founder and CEO of Backstory, husband, father, entrepreneur, technology evangelist, investor, mentor and lifelong hacker.Read BioLinkedIn
Garry is Chief Innovation Officer for MasterCard where he leads digital payments and MasterCard Labs, overseeing emerging digital payments solutions.Read BioMasterCard
Raymond Cunningham, PhD
Peer to peer networks
Raymond is FieldAware VP of Engineering and one of its founders. He completed a Doctorate in Computer Science in Trinity College Dublin receiving a patent for peer-to-peer live streaming research.Read BioLinkedIn
Publish v1 Chlu ProtocolNovember 2017
February 2018Publish Protocol Implementations &
Chlu Storage Network Whitepaper
Alpha Claim Your ReputationMay 2018
June 2018Flexhire Integration
Public Token SaleAugust 2018
September 2018Additional Decentralized Reputation Categories
Permissioned Fiat Distributed LedgerOctober 2018
November 2018Marketplace Integrations
Additional Crypto SupportDecember 2018
Q1 2019Alpha Chlu Token Search Ecosystem
Beta Chlu Token Search EcosystemQ2 2019