2012-07-24: Crowdsourcing A Lean Startup

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Baltimore Lean Startup meetup
July 24, 2012

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2012-07-24: Crowdsourcing A Lean Startup

  1. 1. Crowdsourcing A Lean Startupby Terrance MacGregor @
  2. 2. Topics● Crowdsourcing● Examples / Failures● Summary
  3. 3. CrowdsourcingCreative:99designs.compickydomains.comMVPmechanical turkstopcoder.comMarketingfiverr.comCrowdfundingkickstarterselect6.co
  4. 4. Creative99designs.com - 56 submissions, 8 designers, $295!pickydomains.com $50, domain name selection
  5. 5. MVPmechanical turks huge labor force, ability to carry on simple taskstopcoder.comrun constests to build software, build a prototypeushahidi.comvery quick mapping tool, with mobile phone: http://ushahidi.bytelion.com/
  6. 6. Marketingfiverr.com - $5 per gig... amazing! tons of optionsWARNING - THIS SITE IS ADDICTING! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjPDx1ap2ZQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-jW4gMaxkg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_z8c9GdaaM
  7. 7. CrowdfundingNew Ground / PitfallsKickstarter.comHardware, creative projects, lead crowdfunding power in the us. SelectionCriteria?Select6.co (Minorities/Veteran Crowdsourcing)New to Market, Still in Beta
  8. 8. Failures, Advice, and Stuff Crap In = Crap Out No Silver BulletMechanical Turks - Results require refinement, planning, and time99Design.com - Still need creative staff on hand for your productMVP - Using Topcoder.com to build a bootstrap startup.. it is expensive!Testing - UTest - Expensive!Fiverr.com - Addiction / Distracting, Still need a planKickstarter Failure - They dont do web based technology startups. cowtripfailed! They dont explain why?
  9. 9. Questions?

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