Small business

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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Creativity and Community

Mike | March 6th, 2008

“If you’re going to create, create a lot. Creativity is not like playing the slot machines, where failure to win means you go home broke. With creativity, if you don’t win, you’re usually no worse off than if you hadn’t played.“ – Scott Adams Every day at work we eat lunch together. We take 30 […]

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