Crowdspring

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crowdSPRING, LLC
TypePrivate
IndustryDesign
FoundedMay, 2007
Founder
  • Ross Kimbarowsky
  • Mike Samson
HeadquartersChicago, Illinois, USA
Area served
Worldwide
ProductsCustom Logo Design, Website Design, Illustration, Marketing Materials, Industrial Design, Copywriting
Number of employees
70[1]
Websitewww.crowdspring.com

Crowdspring (written "crowdSPRING", legally crowdSPRING, LLC) is an online marketplace for crowdsourced creative services.[2]

Overview[edit]

Crowdspring was co-founded in May 2007 by Ross Kimbarovsky and Michael Samson.[3] Crowdspring launched its online marketplace publicly in May 2008. Crowdspring is based in Chicago.[4][5][6][7][8][9]

More than 200,000 graphic designers and writers from 200 countries work on Crowdspring.[10]

Blog[edit]

Crowdspring maintains a blog which was launched in mid-2008.[11]

Criticism[edit]

When it launched publicly in mid-2008, the company and its business model received some criticism because Crowdspring's marketplace works on a speculative model and challenges traditional ways of buying and selling graphic design, industrial design, and copywriting services.[citation needed] This is the process of asking professionals to complete custom work for the chance of getting payment.[12] This means that most people involved in the process effectively work for free.[13] Crowdspring embraced and actively participates in the debate about its spec work business model.[14][15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Business Profile CrowdSpring, LLC". Better Business Bureau.
  2. ^ [1] Crowdspring homepage
  3. ^ Steiner, Christopher (2009). "The Creativity of Crowds". Forbes.
  4. ^ "Creative designs, ideas get chance to stand out at CrowdSpring". Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  5. ^ Company snapshot Businessweek
  6. ^ Crowdsourced Design: Is Crowdspring the next iStockPhoto?
  7. ^ review Information Week
  8. ^ Christopher Steiner The Creativity of Crowds February 16, 2009 Forbes
  9. ^ Rafe Needleman CrowdSpring leverages weasel economics June 12, 2008 CNet
  10. ^ LeFlore, Ann (2018-06-16). "Crowdspring Review – Legit or Scam". 9 to 5 Work Online. Retrieved 2020-10-21.
  11. ^ "Crowdspring Blog". Crowdspring.
  12. ^ "The NO!SPEC campaign vs. crowdSPRING". Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  13. ^ Walker, Rob (May 31, 2011). "The Crowd Is Wise—but Can It Draw?". Slate.
  14. ^ [2] The NO!SPEC campaign vs. Crowdspring,
  15. ^ [3] Is Spec Work Evil? The Online Creative Community Speaks

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