Start ups

Friday Fun Facts – Best Case, Worst Case, and Most Likely

Mike | February 6th, 2009

As a small business startup we spend a great deal of time looking at our data and analyzing that 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 […]

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Phone or Email? I Need A Human!

Jerome | February 4th, 2009

Is it better to provide customer service by email or by phone? Maybe it’s not the means you use to provide great customer service – but making sure you actually help your customer.

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Friday fun facts

Mike | January 30th, 2009

As a small business startup we spend a great deal of time looking at our data and analyzing that 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 […]

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In defense of meetings

Pete | January 29th, 2009

It is with sound mind and body that I willingly write this post.  I know full well this won’t be warmly received but I can’t be silenced.  My name is Pete, and I like meetings. OK, let me clarify – I don’t like ALL meetings.  But I do like one.  So much so, that I […]

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Helping Is Happiness

Jerome | January 26th, 2009

Recently, Ross wrote about how each person can impact others: “think about how you can help others. Imagine how much good you can do if you help just one person per day. Imagine how much good THEY would do if they too help one person per day.” Customer service is about helping others. We’ve all […]

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Chicago: the new capitol of community-based goodness?

Mike | January 5th, 2009

So, what is it about Chicago? In 1922 the Chicago Tribune held a contest. They offered $50,000 to the crowd to come up with a design for their new headquarters building - ”the most beautiful and eye-catching building in the world.” They received 260 entries and the winning entry was built and stands today at 435 […]

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Celebrate Incremental Success

Ross | November 20th, 2008

We have a daily five minute all-team meeting at crowdSPRING. At this meeting, we review key performance metrics from the day before. We share this information with the entire team because we believe in being transparent and because we want each person on the team to know how we are doing as a company and […]

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It’s Not You, It’s Me

Angeline | November 17th, 2008

Greetings to everyone in crowdSPRING land – Over the past 4 months as Community Manager at crowdSPRING, I’ve had the pleasure of working with 7 of the most dedicated, creative, funny, charming, and handsome fellas a girl could ask for. Seriously, our office might as well be FindAStud.com! (Okay. Maybe I’m exaggerating just a little.) […]

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The Evolution of a co-Founder

Angeline | October 23rd, 2008

Today marks a monumental day in crowdSPRING history. As a company filled with creative, like-minded individuals who love and appreciate good design and usability, it’s no surprise that the soft glow of Apples beam throughout the office on our MacBook Pros. Pete even has the copy from the heralded “Think Different” Apple advertising campaign taped […]

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Start-up Tip: Building The Budget Side Of Your Revenue Model

Ross | October 2nd, 2008

Mike and I stated 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 […]

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