Small business

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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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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