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designclue was a global, online, crowdsourcing platform, founded by PurpleCow Inc. established in 2012 and closed in 2017. In the website, companies / organizations / individuals created custom "Contest" to find independent freelance creators and purchase their creatives.[1]
Independent contractors (mostly designers) created 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. [5]
2013 / Jun - Moved the office to Roppongi build.
2017 / Company closed.

In 2013, designclue was used by users from 65 countries including Japanese.[6]

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

Awards and recognition[edit]

designclue was awarded in one of the biggest Japanese Tech conference "IVS 2012".[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Japan's Designclue wants to build Asia's largest logo crowdsourcing market". February 21, 2013.
  2. ^ "第5回起業チャレンジ、最優秀賞は新しいワークスタイルの創造「PurpleCow」". Archived from the original on 2013-05-01. Retrieved 2013-06-26. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  3. ^ "クラウドソーシングサービス"designclue"を運営するPurpleCow株式会社がIncubate FundとEast Venturesを引受先とする第三者割当増資を実施、総額1470万円を調達". Archived from the original on 2013-07-10. Retrieved 2013-06-26. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  4. ^ "STORES.jpが無料ロゴ制作 ― クラウドソーシング designclue と提携". Archived from the original on 2013-05-22. Retrieved 2013-06-26. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  5. ^ "デザイン特化型クラウドソーシンングサービス『designclue』と、無料音楽配信サイトFrekulが業務提携".
  6. ^ "designclue "Work with the World"".
  7. ^ From The Infinity Ventures Summit In Kyoto/Japan: 12 Demos From Japanese Startups, 16 December 2012

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