Small business

Design for skaters

Mike | May 17th, 2008

My 13 year old son is an avid skateboarder and talented young artist. Between those two activities he typically burns about 75% of his free time. I recently found a site that he has fallen in love with, because it has found a way to bring those two activities together for him. Popdeck.com is the […]

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The Power of Imagination

Ross and Mike | May 14th, 2008

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”– Albert Einstein Creativity is not influenced by who you are, where you live or what you do. Creativity is not defined by job titles, age, experience or the size of a portfolio. Creativity encircles us all. The explosion of “user generated content” […]

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Elusivity

Mike | May 5th, 2008

Launch is elusive. Launch is a moving target. Launch is a slippery fish that you can’t seem to get hold of. We invited our last large group of users into Beta at the end of last week and so far so good. Not too many reports of bugs and not too many complaints about missing […]

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Purpose, business, and values

Mike | March 29th, 2008

We have been re-thinking lately whether crowdSPRING needs or wants a “Mission Statement.” Although we had rejected the notion a number of months ago, we are wondering whether it might have value for us. Many businesses have one, but many more choose not to (whether consciously or not) . After bouncing this around a bit, […]

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3 weeks. 337 Entries. 3 Winners.

Ross | March 27th, 2008

How better to test crowdSPRING’s model for buying creative services than on ourselves? The last time I purchased web design services (several years ago), my law firm paid $10,000 for one designer to prepare three homepage concepts. I disliked all of them. The designer was good and the designs were not bad. But my choices […]

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Listening

Mike | March 22nd, 2008

Iteration: (n.) \?i-t?-?r?-sh?n\ A procedure in which repetition of a sequence of operations yields results successively closer to a desired result. From latin iterum “again.” In the mathematical sense, to “iterate” is to go through a routine over and over, using the output of one step as the input of the next – Isaac Newton […]

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Ideas on the playing field

Mike | March 16th, 2008

“Ultimate good…is better reached by free trade in ideas—that the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market.” -Oliver Wendell Holmes We are here for two kinds of people. One is the small business owner who has a problem: where to find high […]

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Convergence

Mike | March 11th, 2008

“All that goes up, converges.” -Teilhard de Chardin Sometimes ideas just find one another. In the sumer of 2006 I was pursuing acquisitions in the film/video post-production industry and working on a plan to outsource pieces of the digital workflow to India. The companies I was chasing were using a workflow that had not been […]

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About Respect

Ross | March 10th, 2008

We often forget that for every Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant, there are countless others who love to play basketball, play the violin, write, draw, design, make music, govern or create unique things. We forget too that there was only one Michael Jordan, one Leonardo da Vinci, one Si Da Ming Zhu, one Josephine Baker, […]

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On Collaboration

Mike | March 7th, 2008

“I am a screenwriter, which is half a filmmaker…. But it is not an art form, because screenplays are not works of art. They are invitations to others to collaborate on a work of art.” – Paul Schrader I grew up in the film industry where one’s success, even survival, depends in large part on […]

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