What is the Mantura Project?

The Mantura Project is a web-portal for the people of the Gig-Economy and Entrepreneurial Revolution.  It brings together many of the tools, best-practices, communities, methodologies etc that support the Gig-Economy (such as Kickstarter, Freelancer, Upwork, CrowdSource, RatedPeople, AgileDevOps, LeanStartup, etc) in to one central place for people and organisation to create new business in low cost, low risk way.

Let’s start with ‘game-changing’ analogies…

Google changed how we find information
Amazon changed how we buy products
……eBay changed how we sell anything
………Facebook change how we interact with others
………..Mantura will change how we create business.

The difficulty in answering the question ‘What is the Mantura Project?’

Comprehensively answering the question ‘What is the Mantura Project?’ is as difficult as it would have been answering the question ‘What is Facebook?’ in 2004.  Yes, it is easy to describe Facebook as a social media portal that allows ‘friends’ to communicate with each other and share pictures, but if Mark Zuckerberg tried to describe Facebook to you in 2004 you probably would not have been able to comprehend his vision at the time.  Would you have been able to envision how much of an impact it would have on society, business and even politics.  Would he have been able to describe all its features and aspects other than the basics (such as Facebook Apps, APIs, and Advertising etc); probably not – especially as many of these features did not yet exist in 2004.  This is pretty much the same case for ‘The Mantura Project’.  That said, let’s have a go and describing what it is anyway, first by setting some context describing some of the problems it aims to resolve.

Context and some problems the ‘Mantura Project’ aims to solve.

The workforce landscape is changing every day.  Millions of workers are no longer tied to a 9-5 long-term office job and prefer to contract or freelance resulting in what is now known as the ‘Gig-Economy‘.  Skilled workers can provide their services from anywhere in the world where they have a laptop, a phone and an internet connection. The pace of technology change and innovation is increasing at near-exponential rates and the start-up culture has become embodied in our society’s fabric that almost everybody has the potential, but not the always means, to start their own business.  What is lacking are tools and methodologies that can bring together a disparate workforce and provide means for ‘virtual-teams’ to work together to bring new businesses to life.

The Mantura Project Fundamentals

Which came first the chicken or the egg? Likewise which came first the Mantura Project Methodology or the Mantura Project Website – answer the former.

The Mantura project is  first and foremost a methodology – i.e. just a way of solving a problem.  Secondly, the Mantura Project is a ‘tool’ or a website that provides users and easy way to implement the methodology. As of October 2016 the tool/website does not exist but the Mantura Project methodology will be used to create it.  Please subscribe the Mantura Project Blog to watch it grow.

Origins of the Mantura Project.

The concept for the ‘Mantura Project’ was formed out of the ‘lessons-learned’ from two ‘not-yet-successful’ business ventures: Schemation and Texas Hedge’Em.

Schemation (www.schemation.co.uk/) is a  database environment management tool.  Ahead of its time (in 2002) it was one of the first continuous Integration tools for relational databases and is still unique in this space but missed an opportunity to be successful due to the lack of resources to take it over the last mile.  

Texas Hedge’Em (http://demo.hedgeem.com) is a Poker game developed for the lucrative real money  market but is as yet successful for the same reasons – lack of resources to complete all elements of the end-to-end journey to bring the game to market.  

The creator of both projects realised that had he had easy access to a market of resources who could work on the product for equity only, the product would have gone live earlier, been promoted and adopted and would have been far more likely to have been a commercial success.