Start ups

Ideals and Reality

Ross | July 22nd, 2008

The 4-day workweek. The 4-hour work week. Sounds really nice, doesn’t it? Who wouldn’t want to work 4 days every week and then play for 3 days? It’s not surprising that tens of thousands of books have been written about efficiency, about working less, about being more productive, about getting more out of your day, […]

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Typography is Sexy: Part 1

Angeline | July 21st, 2008

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been brainstorming at the crowdSPRING office on ways we can provide more resources for our creatives. One of the ideas we came up with is having guest bloggers spotlight topics of interest to our community. We are very happy to welcome our first guest blogger, Adelle Charles, who runs […]

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Rock on!

Mike | July 2nd, 2008

Creative opportunities for regular folks just keep getting better. A few weeks ago, I wrote about popdeck.com a site that allows artists, designers, students, skateboarders – really anyone with a creative urge – to upload designs for skateboard decks and compete against one another to have their design put in production by Popdeck (and a […]

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Happiness As Your Business Model

Ross | June 23rd, 2008

A few days ago, Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com recommended in a Twitter post a very interesting slideshow by Tara Hunt. The presentation is well worth a view. In the presentation, Tara Hunt suggests that happiness is a key to the success of a business. And in our experience as a company, this advice is spot on. […]

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Bad behavior

Mike | June 20th, 2008

We think there are many benefits to contributing your work to projects on crowdSPRING. Not only are there cash awards to be won, community to be built and enjoyed, and clients to be found, but there is learning to be had. We understand that designers learn a great deal from watching what their peers are […]

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Three Year Olds Are Smart – Why?

Ross | June 17th, 2008

Why do birds fly? Why do I have to eat carrots? Why is the sky blue? Why do you drive a car? Why is that person a different color than I am? Why do I have to wear shoes? Why do I have to go to bed? If you are the parent of a toddler […]

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Mercury Grand Marquis – We’ve arrived

Ross | June 5th, 2008

Nothing better expresses a hip start-up than pulling up to a conference in Silicon Valley for the 32 “most disruptive startups”, in a powder-blue Mercury Grand Marquis. That’s Mike in the photo (I was laughing behind the camera).  What a ride!

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Building a Community – The AV123 Way

Ross | May 28th, 2008

Web 2.0 represents a cultural shift towards communities and transparency, towards openness and collaboration. Our own business opened its doors only earlier this month, and while we’ve been working hard to build a great community, we have very little to say (yet) about how to best build one. So, rather than give you a lot […]

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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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Submarine warfare

Mike | May 23rd, 2008

Every day we sit together over lunch. We have a big table and we either bring leftovers from home or go out to grab something in the neighborhood. It’s a really nice 30 or 40 minute break – the conversation usually is about movies or TV or politics. It serves to recharge us and has […]

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