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Type of business Private
Available in English Japanese Translation
Headquarters Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Industry Internet
Online employment platform
Freelance marketplace
Website [1]
Registration Required (Free)
Launched September 2012
Current status Active

designclue is a global, online, crowdsourcing platform, founded by PurpleCow Inc. in 2012. In the website, companies / organizations / individuals can create custom "Contest" to find independent freelance creators and purchase their creatives.[1]
Independent contractors (mostly designers) create online profiles and portfolios, submit proposals to each contests, and collaborate and receive payment through the designclue website.


2011 / Dec - Won the 1st prize in Japanese incubation contest "Startup Challenge 5th" and funded US$30,000.[2]
2012 / Jun - PurpleCow Inc. has been Established in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. 2012 / Sep - Launched closed beta version of "designclue", the crowdsourcing service specializing in Designers. 2012 / Nov - Moved the office to Yanagibuild (Roppongi). 2013 / Feb - Funded 147,000 US$ by Incubate Fund and East Ventures. [3]
2013 / Mar - Aligned with, an easy online EC store platform, and started producing online shop logo for free. [4]
2013 / Apr - Aligned with Frekul, a free music distribution SNS[5], and started artist-friendly designs productions. [4]
2013 / Jun - Moved the office to Roppongi build.

As of February 2013, designclue is used by users from 65 countries including Japanese.[5]

Other sites that provide similar services are Freelancer, DesignContest, Talenthouse.

Awards and recognition[edit]

designclue has been awarded in one of the biggest Japanese Tech conference "IVS 2012".[6]

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