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FoundedMay, 2007
  • Ross Kimbarowsky
  • Mike Samson
HeadquartersChicago, Illinois, USA
Area served
ProductsCustom Logo Design, Website Design, Illustration, Marketing Materials, Industrial Design, Copywriting
Number of employees

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


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]


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


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]


  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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