A look at the selections of Swarm’s first class of 2014

Swarm has announced its first selection of startups for decentralized crowdfunding on its platform. Swarm launched earlier this year and uses

Swarm has announced its first selection of startups for decentralized crowdfunding on its platform. Swarm launched earlier this year and uses the Counterparty protocol to manage its Swarmcoin, a medium for exchange for issuing equity in startups. A smaller project had previously funded the launch of the “Bitcoin: The Hunt for Satoshi Nakamoto” comic.

The following are Swarm’s selections, which will be presenting in November:

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Manna: Seeks to develop smart personal drone networks. Like some of the other projects, no official connection to cryptocurrency, but there is a theme of decentralization: just like computers evolved from serving only businesses to become personal devices, so also drones can be autonomously connected to the internet and smartphones instead of existing just as radio-controlled devices run by humans.

Coinspace: A co-work space in Brooklyn geared toward crypto businesses. Several cities have such facilities, such as Bitcoin Decentral in Toronto. All internal operations will be conducted in cryptocurrency, such as Spacecoin to be created specifically for it.

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Swarmops: According to its page on GitHub: “Swarmops is an admin system for swarm-type organizations. It’s a bureaucracy system for people who thoroghly dislike bureaucracy, so it removes all visibility of it and focuses on the ops aspects. It manages decentralized authority, volunteers, members, activists, budgets, mass communications, expenses, payroll, invoices, and complete financials/bookkeeping.”

Judobaby: Creates gaming and entertainment for multiple platforms. One game is titled, “Jerry Rice and Nitus Dog Football”.

DDP: Decentralized Dance Party. A movement whose stated mission is to save the world and unite people through partying. Dance parties, whose eruption appear to be spontaneous, are well organized in advance through channels such as social media. A recent example is Camp Dogecoin at the annual Burning Man festival in Nevada. It is said to have grown from 20 to 20,000 members.

Bitcoin Magazine: Its stated mission is “to be the most accurate and up-to-date source of information, news and commentary about Bitcoin and crypto-currencies.” It states that it reaches hundreds of thousands of readers each month.

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