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CrowdConf2011: Enterprise Use Case Framework
Cloud Labor, Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

Many of you will recognize’s “Crowdsourcing Industry Landscape” infographic — we published our updated November 2011 release a couple of days ago. This is the third generation of our taxonomy, which we first launched at CrowdConf2010. (More details on our revised industry taxonomy are available here.)

This taxonomy is broad, covering the primary categories where crowdsourcing can be applied from a high, distant perspective. For the last six months, however, we have undertaken detailed research initiatives with a number of leading crowdsourcing providers as well performing our own research where we looked at over 2,500 crowdsourcing use cases. This has resulted in the development of our Enterprise Use Case Framework.

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Crowdsourcing.orgNov 03, 2011 05:44 pm GMT5807 views
Crowdsourcing Use Case Framework

Rapid growth of the Crowdsourcing market leads to continuous emergence of new use cases.  In order to create the most complete inventory of Crowdsourcing use cases, the massolution team conducted an extensive review of the publicly available information on Crowdsourcing transactions, announcements and industry news. In addition, we interviewed a number of leading Crowdsourcing providers and analyzed the information available on our industry website, reviewing more than 2,500 content items (articles, blogs, documents) published over the last two years. 

On alone we reviewed over 2,500 references to the use of crowdsourcing (individual content items) and identified of these, 435 provided relevant examples of enterprise crowdsourcing, which we then classified using massolution’s proprietary Use Case categorization framework. The subsequent analysis of these content items produced information on the crowdsourcing efforts of 83 enterprises from 13 industries in addition to multiple government clients. In additional to specific references to enterprises, a large number of items also described, in general terms, other offerings of Crowdsourcing service providers, targeted at the enterprise market, that were not specifically attributed to named enterprises. 

In total, we identified 65 specific Use Cases (i.e., discreet applications) of Crowdsourcing being performed today within enterprises, which we then organized under four categories:

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Carl EspostiNov 08, 2011 04:33 am GMT5135 views
site Crowdfunding / Donations, Philanthropy and Sponsorship

pledge4good lets you advocate for a favorite nonprofit by inviting friends to make a donation when events from your life occur (e.g. you bowl a strike or a favorite basketball team wins). On our...

Leonard FishmanMar 18, 2012 04:01 pm GMT8202 views
Will crowdsourcing be disruptive or adjunctive to outsourcing
Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

Simultaneously orchestrated events, early evening tonight in San Francisco and what will equate to lunchtime tomorrow in Sydney, “The Future of Crowdsourcing Summit 2010” marks the second major crowdsourcing event in just under one month.

This summit, produced by the Insight Exchange and chaired by Ross Dawson, Chairman of the Future Exploration Network will be unique, as video and social media will be used to orchestrate a coordinated event across two continents. Sessions will be facilitated across both locations with panel speakers present in both geographies.

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Carl EspostiNov 02, 2010 09:24 pm GMT10930 views
Making it legal: Crowdfunding bills navigate critics

In the second part of a two-part series on the Crowdfunding bills currently stalled in the U.S. Senate, founder Carl Esposti addresses some of the central criticisms levelled at the legislation.

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Carl EspostiJan 09, 2012 07:26 pm GMT4801 views
An Interview with Markus Lampinen, COO of GrowVC

An interview with Markus Lampinen talking about the origins of GrowVC and how he is contributing to developing what they refer to as an ‘ecosystem for startups’.

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Crowdsourcing.orgApr 02, 2012 03:46 pm GMT2373 views
An Expert Perspective on Open Innovation

Over the past decade, Open Innovation has emerged as a leading business trend that has transformed the way enterprises approach all aspects of product development, from R&D through marketing and branding and even to post-sales support. By “opening the doors” to new ideas generated by others outside their own walls (including in many cases their customers!), companies have found new ways to leverage external knowledge to build better products.

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Crowdsourcing.orgApr 06, 2012 06:14 pm GMT5672 views
The JOBS Act: Economic Boon or Peril?

Signed into law by President Obama on April 5, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act legalizes crowdfund investing in the United States. When the Securities and Exchange Commission’s nine-month legislative review process concludes, entrepreneurs across the country will be able to solicit and collect investments for their startups and small businesses via the Internet. But is the JOBS Act a beneficial piece of legislation for the average American? The bill’s ardent supporters argue it will democratize finance for the 99 percent and ameliorate the United States’ sputtering economy, while its loudest critics claim it will pave the way for another financial crisis. Whether the JOBS Act improves or depresses the American economy, it will fundamentally alter the country’s business ecosystem. It is, as President Obama called it, a “game-changer.”

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Eric BlattbergApr 30, 2012 09:05 pm GMT13422 views
Developing Social Impact Through Crowdfunding in Latin America

Georg Neumann, a communications specialist at the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) of the Interamerican Development Bank, recently previewed a workshop being organized by the MIF and massolution (a sister company) on the potential of crowdfunding in Latin America. We share it here with the author's permission. 

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Crowdsourcing.orgJan 29, 2013 12:57 pm GMT5181 views
Crowdsourcing Enterprise Technology Reviews [Part II]
Distributed Knowledge, Tools

We continue our conversation with Russell Rothstein of IT Central Station. In this second part, we talk to him about the company's business model, the vendors' response, and impact he thinks the site can have on the enterprise technology market. Check out the first half of the interview here

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Anton RootFeb 01, 2013 09:48 pm GMT3554 views
‘Crowd-Resourcing’ Platform Ioby Focuses on the Local
Crowd Creativity, Crowdfunding, Tools

Ioby is a "crowd-resourcing" platform that aims to help community projects. Our Brooklyn-based correspondent Anton Root recently met with the non-profit's co-founder and executive director Erin Barnes to learn more about the company.

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Anton RootFeb 28, 2013 01:09 am GMT6099 views
A Crash Course in Enterprise Crowdsourcing in a Single Post
Cloud Labor

Consider this post your gateway to several hours worth of valuable information on the emergence of high-quality, managed crowdsourcing to serve enterprises of all sizes, with  Lionbridge,, massolution, and SIG as your hosts.

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Eric MackApr 24, 2013 11:17 pm GMT6980 views
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