Small business

U.S. Government Embraces Crowdsourcing

Ross | March 10th, 2010

The White House has embraced crowdsourcing, urging federal agencies in a memo issued on March 8, 2010 to use challenges and prizes to crowdsource innovative approaches to governmental initiatives and programs. Within the next 120 days, the administration will release a web-based platform to manage the government’s crowdsourcing efforts. Some of you might recall that […]

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5 thoughts for startups and small business: numbers count

Mike | March 8th, 2010

Photo: tifotter Einstein famously said, “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted” while Count Von Count (pictured above) said “That’s TWO! Two worried frogs! Ha ha ha ha!” Einstein was right in so many ways, but I believe that in the context of small businesses and startups, […]

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crowdSPRING On ABC7 News

Ross | March 3rd, 2010

Like Conan O’Brien, crowdSPRING recently made a brief appearance on NBC. Unlike Conan, we also were very fortunate to appear on ABC. Tonight, ABC News, in a special report, covered crowdsourcing. We were thrilled to be included in the story – big thanks to Ross Weidner and Cheryl Burton. Here’s the special report: You can […]

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New crowdSPRING policy in LOGO projects!

Jerome | March 1st, 2010

Hi All, For a long time now, many Creatives in our community have wanted to submit entries to logo design projects showing their design on various “collateral” items, such as tee shirts, hats, packaging, business cards, etc. Until now, we have not permitted this, because we felt it was unfair to other creatives who could […]

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Startups and small biz at SXSW: ideas on how to spend your time at the conference!

Mike | March 1st, 2010

Ross and I will be speaking at South by Southwest again this year and hope that you’ll join us there for our talk titled “Third Coast: How to Be a Startup Outside of Silicon Valley.” We should have a really nice crowd of entrepreneurs, designers, and funders there and expect a great discussion. It is […]

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Search Engine Optimization Tips For Startups

Ross | February 24th, 2010

Search engine optimization (SEO) can provide low cost opportunities for a startup to market its products and/or services. However, many startup founders don’t appreciate the difficulty of executing an effective SEO strategy when you have a new company and a new domain. There are SEO experts, of course, and some are outstanding (follow Danny Sullivan […]

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How I Stay Efficient – My Three Hour Rule

Ross | February 16th, 2010

Some people are more efficient than others. There are many reasons for this: ability to focus, complexity of the work, distractions, etc. But while some  have unique skills and intellect to get things done quickly, most people must develop systems to help them improve their efficiency and balance many diverse tasks. Some rely on to-do […]

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5 thoughts for startups and small business on managing the work vs. home wrestling match

Mike | February 15th, 2010

Well today is Valentines Day and, being the tool that I am, I’m sitting at the computer writing tomorrow’s post. Like many startup entrepreneurs I gave up much to follow the dream, and friends and family have definitely taken a hit. Ross and I work seven day weeks, have little vacation time, and have essentially […]

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Crowdsourced Writing Projects on crowdSPRING

Ross and Mike | February 10th, 2010

“Write without pay until someone offers to pay” – Mark Twain Since May 2008, the crowdSPRING community (now over 50,000 creatives, from 170+ countries!) has helped thousands of entrepreneurs, small businesses, startups, agencies, and Brands (from over 70 countries), with graphic, website, and industrial design projects. We’ve paid millions of dollars to designers and want […]

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Choosing Technologies for Your Web Startup (Part 2)

Tal | February 9th, 2010

In Part 1 of this blog series, I presented a rather dysfunctional conversation going on between software consultants and you, their client. I explained what consultants mean when they use the word “productivity,” why it gets convoluted, and how understanding this can lead you to making better choices for your company. I originally promised that […]

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