A Dutch magazine called Sprout nominated 20 entrepreneurs as the best entrepreneurs of 2011. Readers were then asked to vote for their favorite entry. Martijn Arets, whose project became first successfully completed crowdfunding project on Sybmid, mobilized the readership and won Sprout's title of “Best Entrepreneur of 2011.”
CrowdControl has released results from a recent survey that profiled Amazon Mechanical Turk workers. The study found that most of the respondents have day jobs and that participating in crowdsourcing projects is a way for them to complement their primary source of income.
All of the White House’s recent forays into the world of crowdsourcing for its initiatives have been assessed against different paradigms of “collective intelligence”. Researchers at Ryerson University in Toronto have used the Genome for Collective Intelligence to measure the Obama Administration's open government initiatives and found them to be at least partly game-changing.
For an undisclosed price, DesignCrowd has purchased Brandstack services, who are best known for their ability to generate ready-made logos through crowdsourcing. The brand plans to reinvent Brandstack by launching BrandCrowd.com.
The National Foundation report, conducted by VentureSource, examined the role immigrants play in new business start-ups. The study considered companies that were valued at less than $1 billion and that had received venture capital within the past three years. The study was supported by a grant provided by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundations. The results of the study indicated that nearly half of America's business start-ups have a founder who was foreign-born. It also found that 37 percent of American start-ups have at least one immigrant in a key role, such as a major management position.
David Alan Grier and some of the experts at Daily Crowdsource will be holding a 1-day workshop in the Los Angeles area to help business owners, corporate leaders, and decision makers learn how to integrate crowdsourcing into their existing business processes. The workshop, which features a mix of lectures, case studies, networking, question & answer panels, and other helpful sessions, will be held on January 24th, 2012 at the Red Lion Hotel in Anaheim, California.
Symbid, a Dutch crowdfunding site that allows web-based investors to help propel new ventures (and earn returns) with “as little as 20 Euros… or much more,” is gaining traction. In its first successfully completed venture, the site helped one author raise funds for publication and achieve a global presence.
After the successful launch of HelpersUnite, a crowdfunding platform with a focus on arts and charity, GoodWorldCreations will soon be turning to environmental causes. In a partnership with the environmentalist and polar explorer Robert Swan and his organization 2041, the new service, GreenUnite, is set to launch in early 2012.
HelpersUnite, a crowdfunding platform which allows projects to donate part of their raised funds to a charity of their choice, has just launched an online ticketing service which offers more cost-efficient pricing to musicians and artists who are trying to sell tickets to smaller events. The service is designed to help types of events that are too small to be a part of a big-ticket venue, but large enough to need a service where tickets can be pre-sold. Among the events targeted by the new service are concerts, art openings, film screenings and fundraiser dinners.
Despite mild Southern California temperatures, everyone here on the Daily Crowdsource team is feeling the Christmas spirit. Not only do we have some big projects in the works, the launch of our recent microtasking industry research report was also met with great reviews. With all these exciting happenings in crowdsourcing land, we’re in the mood to celebrate, and we want to include you!