FAQs for Partners2020-05-14T21:39:38+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions for Partners

What problem does Community Vines solve?2021-02-08T21:23:36+00:00

Community Vines brings community members’ skills and needs together to create local, member-defined marketplaces. We restore local economies and trust to intra-community commerce, where individuals—not institutions—are the providers. Unlike the faltering global economy, these local marketplaces will remain stable, and even thrive, during times of economic turbulence and uncertainty. And Community Vines directly tackles local unemployment and underemployment by providing the means to monetize skills locally, whether as a sole means of income or a supplemental one.

How is Community Vines different?2021-02-08T21:21:46+00:00

Community Vines is an aggregator of the gig economy like nothing that’s been imagined before. It disrupts the dependence of local communities on large-scale conglomerate providers, and provides new opportunity for members of a community to compete in the marketplace. By introducing vetting and trust ratings into a community marketplace, providing a repository of trusted local providers, and giving buyers and sellers a secure and convenient place to negotiate and complete transactions, Community Vines gives its members an invaluable end-to-end experience. It also provides a powerful and cost-efficient way for providers to go to market and promote their skills and services.

Community Vines has important differentiators from other service-marketplace platforms. It is neither a fee-for-leads platform nor a pay-for-placement platform. Rather, it establishes a pure market-driven, community-based ecosystem for the brokering of skills and needs. It is entirely focused on the local gig economy.  Community Vines accommodates the limitless array of skills and services, facilitates creative integration with social media, and leverages localized community trust ratings to an unparalleled extent. The broad diversity of the service portfolio creates unique economic stability for both Community Vines and its members.

Where and when is Community Vines going to launch?2021-02-08T21:22:23+00:00

Community Vines plans to launch in Lancaster and Centre Counties in Pennsylvania soon.

How can I get involved with Community Vines?2021-02-08T21:20:20+00:00

We would love to have your help in spreading the word about Community Vines. Essentially, the message is that “Gig-economy 2.0” is coming, and it’s going to be a “game-changer”. Presently, people can sign up to be notified when they can create accounts and begin building their profile. We are using a referral system for signups, and there will be incentives for signing up your friends and family. In addition, we are looking for investors and partners to help us fulfill the promise of Community Vines to transform local communities and economies. Learn more

What makes Community Vines a great opportunity for investors and partners?2021-02-08T21:25:28+00:00

Community Vines combines the power of an internet platform with the rapidly evolving economic realities of the 21st Century. The platform helps to integrate the various pieces of a community’s existing ecosystem, and minimizes friction around financial transactions and social exchanges. One estimate puts the size of the legal, private exchange market at $1.3 trillion (Intuit 2020 Report).

What are Community Vines’ competitive advantages?2021-02-08T21:36:27+00:00

Community Vines has important differentiators from other service-marketplace platforms. It is neither a fee-for-leads platform nor a pay-for-placement platform. Rather, it establishes a pure market-driven, community-based ecosystem for the brokering of skills and needs. It is entirely focused on the local gig economy.  While narrowly-focused business models such as Uber and AirBnB have proven to be viable and thriving marketplaces, none have incorporated the limitless array of skills and services, the creative integration with social media, or the leverage of localized community trust ratings to the extent that Community Vines will. The broad diversity of the service portfolio creates unique economic stability for both Community Vines and its members.

Is Community Vines a disrupter? How?2021-02-08T21:26:56+00:00

Community Vines is an aggregator of the gig economy like nothing that’s been imagined before. It disrupts the dependence of local communities on large-scale conglomerate providers, and provides new opportunity for members of a community to compete in the marketplace. By introducing vetting and trust ratings into a community marketplace, providing a repository of trusted local providers, and giving buyers and sellers a secure and convenient place to negotiate and complete transactions, Community Vines gives its members an invaluable end-to-end experience. It also provides a powerful and cost-efficient way for providers to go to market and promote their skills and services.

What types of experience does the Community Vines leadership team possess?2021-02-08T21:25:59+00:00

The leaders of the Community Vines team are seasoned veterans in financial services, business operations, retail and merchandising, and information technology. All have been involved in starting or operating going concerns. Three principals have each had startup, operations, technology, and executive experience, as well as B2B and B2C sales and marketing experience. One member of the team served as a CEO of a financial institution for over 10 years.

For more information about the team, please see their individual profiles.

How comprehensive is the Community Vines business plan?2021-02-08T21:26:13+00:00

The Community Vines business plan is comprised of two elements:

  • Community Vines has a detailed and dynamic Scenario Planner that shows the viability of the financial model given differing assumptions.
  • A detailed Business Model Canvas illustrates our desired strategic partnerships, key activities & resources, customer segments & relationships, channels, and value propositions.

We are delighted to discuss our plans in greater detail with individuals who are interested in becoming investors or partners.

What is the size of this industry?2021-02-08T21:27:54+00:00

An estimate of the legal, private exchange market in 2011 was $1.3 trillion (Intuit 2020). This market has grown substantially since that time. 

Who are the competitors?2021-02-08T21:28:28+00:00

HomeAdvisor (pay-for-play); Facebook Marketplace (goods); AirBnB (lodging only), Uber (transportation only), Alibaba (B2C, China), BizX (B2B), BarterQuest (Australia), Simbi (no cash out), Care.com (Care-giving), GigSmart (Staffing & Projects).

Has the Community Vines concept been proven?2021-02-08T21:27:09+00:00

The proliferation of successful verticals in the gig economy have demonstrated the economic viability of gig economy marketplaces. It is clear that platforms have begun replacing the middleman. However, no platform facilitates the exchange of services *across* an endless array of “verticals” in a free market as Community Vines does.

How has the Community Vines concept been received?2021-02-08T21:27:25+00:00
  • Multiple focus groups at the Ben Franklin incubator have yielded unanimous support for the concept.
  • Potential strategic partners in the Credit Union industry have spent considerable time with the CV team and provided enthusiastic endorsements. This partnership would promote immediate adoption of the platform by credit union members — a substantial population. These partners have expressed interest in assisting with modest capital and in-kind contributions when the MVP is ready to be introduced.
What is the status of Community Vines intellectual property?2021-02-08T21:26:27+00:00

The Community Vines business process and software to support it are patent pending.

What makes this idea exciting to people?2021-02-08T21:27:42+00:00

Focus group participants have been highly enthusiastic about Community Vines. In addition, significant players among the potential strategic partners are in the wings and prepared to assist when the MVP is ready to be introduced

Community Vines creates excitement in different people in many ways:

  1. For the individual with skills, it will provide the ability to monetize those skills, creating new income streams.
  2. For the person who needs skilled labor or knowledge workers, it will provide a means to find individuals with those skills, and easily exchange services using a unique ‘asynchronous’ barter model.
  3. For service-minded individuals, it will provide a way to discover opportunities to volunteer using their specific skillsets.
  4. It will incentivize volunteering by establishing trust and will provide a means of brokering volunteer activity in communities.
  5. It will provide a powerful means by which people can leverage the skills of friends and family in support of fundraising causes.
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