Interview with Gaurang Torvekar, Co-Founder and CEO at Software Engineering Company: Indorse

We started Indorse because we believed that we could build a world where the only thing that mattered was your skills! One of the inspirations for the idea was the plight of the refugees during the Syria crisis and the fact that some of the highly educated refugees were forced into jobs that didn’t accurately reflect their skillsets.

The backbone of Indorse is the Ethereum blockchain technology. It enables us to make sure that the votes given by our experts cannot be tampered with, we can maintain transparency, and it also helps us incentivise our community of experts.

How did you come up with the idea for the company?

My background is within software development, machine learning, blockchain, and HRTech. My first business was based on developing diplomas and certificates on the blockchain (Ethereum), and at the time, I thought, ‘how can I take this a step further’; ‘how can we democratise people’s professional profiles?’ – and blockchain was the best way to do this.

For Indorse, it has always been about skills – we started this adventure because we wanted to create a genuinely meritocratic-based system where everyone could shine based on their skills and qualifications. The platform is built on blockchain because of the ability to keep assessments anonymous and inherently fair.


How has the need for Indorse evolved during the pandemic?

We’ve seen an increased interest in our upskilling solution, as employers are looking for opportunities to future-proof their workforce. Our main customers continue to be large Enterprise companies, and they are consistently in search of innovative ways to reskill and upskill their employees – which has been fantastic for our business.

While the environment is challenging for everyone, we are hopeful that we will continue to see increased interest in our solutions including solutions that empower businesses to build great tech teams, upskilling their workforce, and enable innovation.

What can we hope to see from Indorse in the future?

We’re focusing on two avenues as the moment: building and driving hackathons all over the world and building a micro-learning platform.

With regards to the hackathons, we find that these are incredible tools to help bring senior leaders and decision-makers from across the business, technology, and public sectors.

Last autumn, we held a global virtual hackathon focused on unearthing innovative Blockchain solutions to tackle the challenges posed by the pandemic, which had more than 1200 participants. The winning projects shared more than $43,000 in prizes and sponsors of PCH 2020 included HM Government of Gibraltar, RSK, the enabler of smart contracts for Bitcoin, IOV Labs, the leading bitcoin financial solution provider, B4H, and KuCoin. UK partners supporting the event included UCL CBT (a world-leading Centre of Excellence on Blockchain Technologies at University College London.),Crypto Compare, Tech London Advocates, Cambridge Blockchain Society, King’s College London Blockchain, and the Oxford Blockchain Society.