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Is skillfiller the future of crowdsourcing/crowdfunding? What is the future of crowdsourcing/crowdfunding?

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I am working with a new crowdsourcing/funding project called Skillfiller. The idea is that you invest in an idea/project that needs help and that has a lack of specific skills with your knowledge and time instead of money. So you fill the lack of skills in a project. I think this is the future; that people will help each other with their time and knowledge if they like the idea/project and want to see it done.

What do you think about my project Skillfiller? What do you think about the idea behind it? What do you think is the future for crowdsourcing and crowdfunding? What will be out there in the future?

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  • Twitter user: mm_bhatia Feb 08, 2012 09:10 pm GMT

    @Crowdsourcing_ Is skillfiller the future of crowdsourding/crowdfunding?> Interesting idea! @founderdating is a slightly different take.

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  • Berend de Jonge Berend de Jonge Feb 08, 2012 09:42 pm GMT


    i think you're on to something, but you're not the only one. There are a few crowdfunding sites in the making, that are using this idea. For example SellanApp. Wich lets ''wizards'' be part of the team in return for equity.

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  • Guest Adam Olterman Feb 08, 2012 11:28 pm GMT

    I would like to see it be possible to put up a politic cause or a peace/volenteur project. that would really contribute.

  • Tobias Fink Tobias Fink Feb 09, 2012 10:06 am GMT

    Nice that you think I am on to something Berend! Skillfiller has a twist that for example SellanApp doesn’t have. Skillfiller is a little bit different.

    The idea is more to go in the direction of what Adam would like to see. People will contribute with their time but they will not get back equity as a payment for their time. This idea is not about investing time to earn a lot of money. In that case people could for example go to a page where they invest money into a project and get a part of the equity. There are many sites for this.

    You might ask, why would people want to invest their time and not get any money for it? People might do this because it’s a great idea, they want the product/service, they might do this of a belief that it’s important to help others or they might help because they want more alternatives of products/service on the market, people might have some spare time over and wants to do something with it and again maybe want to do something good for the world/other people. Another reason to help could also be that people also want to help because they need working experience and a portfolio for when they look for a job. The last reason could also be that its just fun and a challenge, people likes to have fun and many likes a challenge, to do something different. So as you see, there are many reasons and there might be many more. Many thinks Sharing is caring.

    So will people engage and help? I think the answer to this is YES! We can look at fore example Wikipedia, people are putting in a lot of time to write text here and they do not get money for it. We can also look at all the open source projects, for example Linux. People put in a lot of time in open source without getting any money for it.

    What do you say? Is this the future? I think so!

  • Berend de Jonge Berend de Jonge Feb 09, 2012 08:44 pm GMT

    Ok, since you put it like that, I really think you're on to something. This could well be the future. Looking forward to seeing SkilFiller become a great succes. If there's anything i can do to help, just ask.

  • Enrique Estellés Enrique Estellés Feb 19, 2012 08:05 am GMT

    Hi Tobias,

    I think is a great idea, but I find a weak point: the reward for the crowd.

    It's crucial because is one the most important points (if not the most important) in a crowdsourcing initiative like yours. I think that you don't have to presuppose that the people is going to participate because the want, because they love it. The option that people can improve their work experience is a better reason, is more objective.

    Just my opinion

  • Valerio Genovese Valerio Genovese Feb 21, 2012 03:01 pm GMT

    Hello Tobias, I'm of the same opinion of Enrique Estelles. The people can partecipate "pro bono" only if the project have the same philosophy (is "pro bono" also). Something like - but if you want make a big crowdsourching community yuo have find a system to repay the time/competence. The question is: why i have to give ou my time if you have a gain whit this project?

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