Small business

Start-up tips: 10 Tips For Evaluating Your Competitors

Ross | August 3rd, 2009

If you’re working on a start-up or have an established company, there will come a time when you’ll need to evaluate your competitors. There are three components to a good competitive analysis: (1) defining the metrics and identifying the competitors you’re comparing, (2) gathering the data, and (3) the analysis. [NOTE: This post is a […]

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Interview With crowdSPRING’s Tal Liron

Ross | July 29th, 2009

We’re very lucky. We have a great community and an awesome team.  Meet one of our newest crowdSPRINGers – Tal. Tal speaks more languages than we do, can twist his body into yoga positions (most of which look really dangerous – and unhealthy), and, without doubt, colors outside the lines. Tal’s been writing software since […]

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How crowdSPRING Works – The (Very Short) Movie

Ross | July 17th, 2009

Most people say that a book is way better than a movie. But we’re not dummies. We know you won’t read a 500 page novel about how crowdSPRING works. Instead – here’s a 1 minute 42 second movie.

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Contracts For Designers Who Hate Contracts

Ross | July 15th, 2009

Every designer creates original work that is protected by copyright. Take the time to understand and protect your rights. Contracts For Designers Who Hate Contracts is a quick, 20 page read. Do you have any questions or suggestions for other topics you’d like to read about? Leave a comment…

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crowdSPRING By The Numbers

Ross | July 14th, 2009

UPDATED: March 17, 2010. People often ask questions about our community and marketplace. Here, we share our answers to the most common questions. 1. How many projects have been completed on crowdSPRING and how does crowdSPRING know this? Answer: crowdSPRING launched in May 2008. Since that time, over 9,647 projects have been completed on crowdSPRING. […]

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Still listening…

Mike | June 29th, 2009

In our first year-and-a-bit in business we have made a number of adjustments to our pricing. We continually review our business model, continually speak to our community, and continually listen to the feedback we receive. When we launched Pro projects back in September of last year, we set the minimum price at a very easy […]

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How Does crowdSPRING Protect Intellectual Property?

Ross | June 22nd, 2009

UPDATED: March 17, 2010. crowdSPRING respects intellectual property – this is one of our core values as a company (before co-founding crowdSPRING, I spent 13 years as an attorney focusing on the protection of intellectual property, for clients around the world). People often ask what crowdSPRING does to protect intellectual property. The Q&A below shares […]

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Friday Fun Facts – Who are we? And, where do we come from? Part II

Mike | May 22nd, 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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Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer’s Day?

Ross | May 22nd, 2009

Today is Shakespearean sonnet day at crowdSPRING. We all took turns reading sonnets. Here’s Kevin, who was brave (or not too smart?) to let us video him… Kevin DeLury Reading Shakespeare from Ross Kimbarovsky on Vimeo.

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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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