Start ups

10 Awesome Online Tools Your Small Business Should Be Using

Ross | August 31st, 2009

crowdSPRING is a small business – our team totals nine people (and a really cute chocolate lab puppy named Lucy). As a small business, we leverage online tools to help us run our business efficiently and inexpensively. We are selective – we do our homework and always compare competitive products within any category. Before we […]

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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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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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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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Not Too Proud To Say “We’re Sorry”

Ross | June 5th, 2009

We just went through one of the most humbling experiences for our company since we launched in May 2008. We experienced serious site performance problems. While our team (and numerous consultants on several continents) worked around the clock, it took us some time to identify the root causes of the problems and to fix them. […]

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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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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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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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Friday Fun Facts – Traffic Jam!

Mike | May 1st, 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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