Small business

Rockin the House (er, office)

Mike | July 19th, 2008

The Wii has invaded the shores of crowdSPRING HQ and like all things “game” the response from the team was immediate and visceral. After some argument over the playground rules governing the choosing of teams, it was Ross vs. Chad in Guitar Hero: Those of us with teenage children, and others of us not far […]

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We’re Ready For Mixed Doubles in Ping-Pong

Ross | July 17th, 2008

Only a very small percentage of developers are women. This already tiny number is even smaller in the open source community. Google – one of the most successful companies on this planet – has one of the best educated group of employees in the world. And Google credits much of its success to its emphasis […]

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Hello From Your New Community Manager…

Angeline | July 16th, 2008

Hi everyone! I’m Angeline, your new Community Manager. I feel very special since Ross dedicated TWO blog entries to my arrival, but I also wanted to personally introduce myself to all of you crowdSPRINGers! (crowdSPRINGians, crowdSPRINGites? You choose.) Over the next couple of days, you’ll see me posting more in the forum and the blog, […]

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Googley Principles – Not For Design Only

Ross | June 27th, 2008

Late in 2007, Google’s User Experience group articulated design principles that guide Google designs around the world – design the “Googley” way. The team defined those principles as follows: 1. Focus on people—their lives, their work, their dreams. 2. Every millisecond counts. 3. Simplicity is powerful. 4. Engage beginners and attract experts. 5. Dare to […]

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Disruptive-sourcing

Mike | June 12th, 2008

crowdSPRING is an unusual way of sourcing creative services. We are working to create a new model, one that seeks to deconstruct and disrupt the traditional process and showcase the talents of an under-served, underdog community of creatives. In addition to the many experienced, highly trained professionals that populate our site, we are proud that […]

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A good Guy

Pete | June 12th, 2008

While we can’t say that we know him personally, we do know this – Guy Kawasaki is a good guy and a friend of crowdSPRING. Or maybe a friend of a friend of crowdSPRING. Either way, Guy stuck up for us the other day and so we owe him one. So, help us return the […]

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Under The Radar | Social Media and Entertainment Conference

Ross | June 4th, 2008

We had a really great time meeting lots of cool start-ups and people at the June 3, 2008 Under the Radar | Social Media and Entertainment event in Silicon Valley. A total of 32 start-ups presented at the conference. Mike and I watched many of the presentations and were very excited to be presenting with […]

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Paying Your Employees To Quit

Ross | May 27th, 2008

Zappos, the online shoe store, has a very unusual approach to weeding out customer service employees that Zappos does not believe will ultimately make the grade. One week into the training program for new customer service employees, Zappos offers new employees $1,000 to resign on the spot (about 10 percent accept). This is a very […]

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Ask crowdSPRING: How many countries does cS reach?

Ross | May 26th, 2008

We’ve long admired 37signals, a great Chicago company located only a few blocks from us. We love their products (Mike and I have used Backpack since 2006, when we first came up with the idea for crowdSPRING, and our development team uses Basecamp to manage multiple projects and for collaboration). We also love their Signal […]

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