Small business

They Like Us, They Really Like Us

Bethany | May 21st, 2009

Over at crowdSPRING, we’re starting to think of ourselves as the Slumdog Millionaire of the online awards.  Here we are, just a bunch of nobodies in India (or the West Loop of Chicago—I mean, if you want to get technical) who came up with an idea that we thought might entertain a small business or […]

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Why Is The Site So Slow? My Eyes Are Glazing Over!

Ross | May 20th, 2009

As I wrote in my post on May 7 – “Fessing Up To Our Mistakes” – we ran into problems earlier this month with scaling our application. That post has a great deal of detail about those problems, our early efforts to solve them, and the lessons we learned. We know that especially during the […]

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A Three Minute Interview With Ross About crowdSPRING

Ross | May 12th, 2009

Last week, I traveled to Hamburg Germany for the next09 conference. After my presentation (titled “Crowdsourcing Creative”) I was interviewed about crowdSPRING. Here’s a short (3 minute) segment from that discussion. We talked about crowdSPRING, the advantages and disadvantages of crowdsourcing, the reaction from agencies, and other topics. Here’s the interview.   Link:

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Happy Anniversary

Ross and Mike | May 7th, 2009

We launched publicly on May 6, 2008, making yesterday our one year anniversary – a day that, it turns out, we did not celebrate although we’ll definitely remember. It was a difficult and humbling day for our team and, in the end, we sent the following email to everyone who registered on our site during […]

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Fessing Up To Our Mistakes

Ross | May 7th, 2009

We started working on crowdSPRING in the summer of 2006. We incorporated the company in May 2007 and launched the crowdSPRING marketplace in May 2008. We’ve learned many important lessons along the way. In some ways, our experience is typical of other start-ups. In other ways, it is not. I want to share some of […]

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Friday Fun Facts – Traffic Jam!

Mike | May 1st, 2009

As a small business startup we spend a great deal of time looking at and analyzing data to help us drive strategy, make adjustments, and better understand our customers. We try hard to not be robotic in our response to numbers, but rather to let them inform our decisions and our direction. Here is the […]

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Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before…

Kevin | May 1st, 2009

So a guy walks into crowdSPRING… …that’s all I’ve got so far. Still working on it. Greetings and salutations, crowdSPRINGERs! Kevin DeLury here, doing all the new guy stuff that new guys are wont to. So far my time here has consisted of scuttlework: scrubbing the floors, polishing ping pong balls and re-doing the grip […]

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Friday Fun Facts – Creatives gettin’ biz-ay

Mike | April 24th, 2009

As a small business startup we spend a great deal of time looking at and analyzing data to help us drive strategy, make adjustments, and better understand our customers. We try hard to not be robotic in our response to numbers, but rather to let them inform our decisions and our direction. Here is the […]

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crowdSPRING on TV

Ross | April 17th, 2009

A few days ago, Northwestern University’s Co-Director of Intelligent Information Laboratory, Kris Hammond, appeared on the TV show Chicago Tonight (channel 11 in Chicago) to talk about crowdsourcing. Hammond talked about Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, crowdSPRING and Threadless. Here’s the video:

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Friday Fun Facts – Hello, Buyers!

Mike | April 17th, 2009

As a small business startup we spend a great deal of time looking at and analyzing data to help us drive strategy, make adjustments, and better understand our customers. We try hard to not be robotic in our response to numbers, but rather to let them inform our decisions and our direction. Here is the […]

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