2,800 crowdsourcing and crowdfunding sites
In my last post Crowdsourcing Implications for Medium and Large Businesses, I looked at some of the other uses of crowdsourcing beyond the more targeted applications that are being readily adopted by home-office entrepreneurs and small businesses. These included examples in the areas of open-innovation and customer engagement. Another crowdsourcing opportunity relates to the selective out-tasking of highly repetitive, high volume work to a distributed online, on-demand workforce.
Clay Shirky is an American writer, consultant and teacher on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies — at least, according to Wikipedia, the crowdsourced encyclopedia for which he serves as an advisor. Shirky is also the author of Here Comes Everybody (2008) and Cognitive Surplus (2010), two books examining the results, ramifications and potential of aggregated individual action.
Crowdsourcing.org recently spoke with web guru Clay Shirky about the JOBS Act, which President Obama signed into law on April 5. In the transcript — available after the jump — Shirky explains why he “would love to be able to offer essentially wholehearted support of the crowdfunding law,” but has several reservations about the regulatory relief embedded in the bill. (Spoiler: A lot comes down to the SEC’s interpretation of the law, which is ostensibly scheduled to conclude in the first few days of 2013.) Shirky also discusses Kickstarter’s present dominance in the crowdfunding space, the vagaries of pre-JOBS Act law in relation to crowdfunding, and the effect of the JOBS Act on the current startup ecosystem and traditional venture capital.
In this paper, the researchers found that investors are influenced by the success or failure of related projects and use the actions of other investors as a source of information in their funding...
However, it is a fact that companies shift their task solving process from ‘job-based’ hiring to ‘task-based’ resource management. Crowdsourcing might be a great way to enable this shift in...
According to Scott Glosserman, the founder of Gathr , "Gathr is theatrical on-demand distribution. We’re trying to democratize theatrical distribution of films. The traditional distribution...
While Connectify has the core technology for Dispatch working, the company has decided to use the popular crowdfunding site, Kickstarter, to prove that there is widespread demand for a...
Real-time traffic information has gained popularity as a crucial component of navigation systems, consequently witnessing several vendors venturing into collection or/and aggregation of historical,...
Despite crowdfunding’s democratic appeal, not everyone is on board. Crowdsourcing.org Editor Eric Blattberg silences the critics by outlining five reasons crowdfunding works.
"This project is about analyzing use, predicting demand and managing the future of our country's water,"said IBM South Africa Smarter Planet Executive Ahmed Simjee . It's a...
Benjamin Healey, Senior Manager at CEFIA says that "crowdsourcing aggregates demand, lowering both customer acquisition costs for solar installers and prices for consumers."
Lisa Barone’s “7 Ways to Incorporate Crowdsourcing into Your Business” originally published by OutspokenMedia.com recently sparked quite a discussion amongst the online crowdsourcing community. While Barone’s article covers a list of crowdsourcing applications for SMBs and start-ups, we should also consider the implications of crowdsourcing for bigger businesses and large enterprises. Crowdsourcing is definitely impacting a wide range of business models, but its use and applicability varies according to the size of the entity.
The Crowdsourcing Industry Taxonomy (V2) is the result of primary research, facilitated by Crowdsourcing.org, involving a team of expert volunteers. The team identified seven distinguishably unique categories of crowdsourcing. These top level categories are: Open Innovation, Community Building, Collective Creativity, Civic Engagement, Collective Knowledge, Crowdfunding and Cloud Labor.
There are a myriad of possibilities in the search for crowdsourcing milestones that announced its advent and its adoption as a model for online production, problem solving and for organizing for collective action: Commercial applications, advertising campaigns that succeed or backfire, funding for entrepreneurial ventures. This list of one dozen focuses on the pinnacles that demonstrate crowdsourcing’s highest potential: For public good, scientific research and technological innovation.
Each of these events involves a seminal moment when crowdsourcing came into greater public awareness being driven from calls to action that resulted in ever increasing numbers of individuals working together in a manner that has raised our collective consciousness.
We have selected our landmark crowdsourcing events based on criteria that make them notable because of their scale, their impact and the extent of their outreach to a wider audience both demographically and geographically. See if you agree with our choices!
Crowdsourcing is on a powerful roll. One need look no further than the Egyptian revolution, of course, a movement formed out of a variety of demands and solutions that originated from far-flung and...
Can the lack of a public reputation system on Amazon Mechanical Turk be the reason behind the success of current crowdsourcing companies? My analysis points to this conclusion. Unfortunately, this "feature" also leads to a stagnating crowdsourcing market with limited growth potential.
A contentious issue about crowdsourcing, and specifically about Amazon Mechanical Turk, is that wages are very low. It is not uncommon to see effective wages of $1/hr, or even lower. Why is that???I have argued in the past that Mechanical Turk is an example of a ‘market for lemons’ — good workers are drowning in the anonymity of the crowd. Since the good workers cannot differentiate themselves from bad workers before working on a task, they are doomed to receive the same level of compensation as the bad workers.
Luis von Ahn wants to translate the web — all of it. To call him ambitious is an understatement. In a TED Talk that was originally uploaded to YouTube in April 2011, von Ahn introduced Duolingo, a crowdsourced translation project, and boldly proclaimed that with one million users, the site could help to convert the entirety of Wikipedia into Spanish in 80 hours. Free of charge. Even with a slightly more modest prediction of 100,000 users, the task would be completed within five weeks. What von Ahn, an entrepreneur and computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was proposing, and what Duolingo is now beginning to offer in a private beta, is a crowdsourced translation service that provides every volunteer with a service of their own. What he envisions is a tool that will not just revolutionize the Internet, but education itself.
What do the world’s social media users think about crowdsourcing? Crowdsourcing.org partnered with KL Communications to find out.
Using a tool called Netbase, which indexes and analyzes millions of conversations across the web, Crowdsourcing.org and KLC analyzed data for the top 15 sites generating the most buzz for each of the five main crowdsourcing categories in Crowdsourcing.org’s Directory: cloud labor, crowd creativity, crowdfunding, distributed knowledge and open innovation. This report examines a year of data — timeframe: November 1, 2010 to October 31, 2011 — garnered from Facebook, Twitter, blogs, forums, news sites and consumer reviews.
This is a summary of South by Southwest’s talk “Getting a Crowd to Work for You: For Pay or Play?” featuring CrowdFlower founder Lukas Biewald and Kaggle founder Anthony Goldsbloom. They discussed how crowdsource work is transforming traditional business and research, provided background on their companies, and offered insights on the motivations of people involved with crowdsourcing.
One of the newest players in the crowdsourced legal advice field is Jurify, which launched only last month. To get a better understanding of how the platform works and what the team behind it wants to achieve, we spoke with co-founders Erik and Nicole Lopez. In this second half of the interview, we discuss the company’s business structure and how Jurify may affect the legal industry at large.