Tag Archives: Crowdsourcing

Uber's anti-Lyft "Shave the Stache" campaign

Uber-Competitive: The ride-sharing platform war gets aggressive

Uber is a multi-sided platform for ride-sharing. Potential passengers connect with taxi drivers using a smartphone app where gps location sharing, pickup timing (typically within 8 minutes of request), and payment are all executed online. No money exchanges hands. Drivers qualify to pick up riders after completing some basic paperwork and training, which may or […]

Crowdfunding is 4x hotter than crowdsourcing but hybrid models are the real story

Crowdsourcing isn’t new, just look at the pyramids. The essence of crowdsourcing is splitting a large task into micro-tasks for others to accomplish. This is powerful because it (hypothetically) lets you accomplish large labor-intensive tasks relatively easily; certainly there are challenges. Crowdfunding works the same way; individuals or companies can raise large sums of money […]

Crowdfunding Raises More Than $76K for Homeless Good Samaritan

Honesty pays, thanks to the¬†crowd! A Boston homeless man found a backpack full of $40K… and he returned it! After his kind act, a total stranger created a crowdfunding page for him on gofundme.com. The campaign raised $76K! Talk about a good return on your decision. Crowdfunding raises more than $76k for homeless good samaritan […]

Appirio Buys TopCoder: Consolidating the Crowdsourcing + Open Innovation Developer Community

San Francisco-based Appirio just acquired Topocder, adding 500k developers to the TopCoder.com community and effectively cornering the crowdsourced development market – at least according to zdnet.com. I’m skeptical about how ‘cornered’ the market is, since the community can simply leave at will. Regardless, consolidation is an interesting direction for the crowdsourcing + open innovation market […]

TopCoder Teams with NASA and National Geographic

TopCoder is teaming up with NASA (again) to continue to accelerate the pace of space exploration. TopCoder is a crowdsourcing and open innovation platform that allows individuals or companies to post ‘contests’ for the TopCoder community to tackle. Users from around the world compete for the business – it’s a competition, only the best submission […]

10 Trends in Open and Collaborative Innovation

The top 10 trends in crowdsourcing, collaboration, and open innovation (as reported by innovationmangement.se) Here are the trends summarized with some thoughts added: Emergence of in-house innovation teams – the field of innovation management is becoming more mainstream. Co-creation process using hybrid models – firms are learning from others and experimenting with various aspects crowdsourcing […]

Crowdsourcing Weather

Here’s a great example of a company using existing networks to generate value. A team of app developers and weather experts discovered a way to use the temperature sensors built into smartphone batteries to crowdsource weather information. Tiny thermometers usually prevent smartphones from dangerously overheating, but the researchers discovered the battery temperatures tell a story […]

Co-Creation and Open Innovation – A Primer

HYVI Innovation posted this short video a few years ago on open innovation accomplished with customer co-creation – it’s worth a watch for a number of examples of how firms have leveraged customer feedback and empathy improve products or services. Related articles How Top Enterprises Are Utilizing Open Innovation (openinnovation.net) How Top Enterprises Utilize Open […]

Short video: What is Crowdsourcing?

Check out this brief history and overview of crowdsourcing. I found it interesting. Chris Kluesener What is Crowdsourcing? – YouTube. Related articles Interview: David Alan Grier on crowdsourcing (writeforwiley.com) A Guide to Crowdsourcing Sites (shawnoreily.com) Keep Track Of Politicians’ Promises With New Crowdsourcing App (lifehacker.com.au) Crowdsourcing is For the Birds (drudge.com) Connecticut Crowdsources Tourism (centralctpost.com) […]