The story of sciencebite: an internet marketplace for scientific expertise

S.S. Rogers

Sciencebite was an internet startup in operation from April 2014 to March 2015, which aimed to provide an open marketplace for scientific expertise to industrial R&D. I led the startup from its conception; we won the support of a prominent angel investor in Berlin: the team numbered five people by the time it closed. Although we did not succeed in realising a successful marketplace, we learned much through building and launching two web applications that reached many scientists and R&D-led companies. The aim of this article is to share some of these learnings: especially about the ways in which scientists are bound to their conventional working practices, despite a desire to advance their careers in an open way.

The Sciencebite hypothesis: an open marketplace that would add value to the interface between industrial R&D and scientific experts

We started with the ideal of founding an “open expertise” platform that incentivized…

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