Millions experienced a shock when they signed online on January 18th to find that the largest online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, had been shut down for the day. However, the act of crowdsourcing proved tactful when several news outlets, including the Washington Post, NPR, and the Guardian stepped in to help. Using the hashtag #altwiki on Twitter, writers and editors from the media outlets answered peoples' questions in an attempt to fill the void created by Wikipedia’s 24 hour absence; an act of heroic measures, considering Wikipedia receives over 25 million visitors each day.
Daily Crowdsource is pleased to announce the publication of a complete Industry Report on Microtasking for Quarter 3 of 2011. Though the full report is available for purchase, we're giving away a free preview to everyone who fills out this form. We're also drawing one lucky winner who will receive a copy of the full report, valued at $2,5000, for free!
After the release of our crowdsourcing report on enterprise grade microtasking, Daily Crowdsource has been encouraged by crowdfunding companies from around the world to create a report that blasts open and examines the current state of crowdfunding. The excitement around the Entreprenuer Access to Capital Act & the rising popularity of donation platforms has made such information more valuable to companies, investors, and journalists than ever. This is why, going public for the first time, we are diving in head-first by launching a project on Rockethub to crowdfund our research.
On January 16th, the Wikipedia community decided to shut down the public information sharing site for 24 hours today in a protest against the United States’ proposed legislation: The U.S. House of Representation’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the U.S. Senate’s PROTECTIP (PIPA.) If passed, the proposed legislation will have a major impact on the Internet, giving the government the power to censor content and restrict the country’s Internet access, even forcing some websites that facilitate piracy to shut down.
You’ve heard about the U.S.’s involvement with capital formation, job creation, and the crowdfunding bill. You’ve witnessed changes in the capital markets and economic system, and you’ve watched how the Internet and mass media has, in recent years, revolutionized everything from innovation to the way business is done. So, while it’s all happening before your eyes, what can you do to use the shifting markets to your advantage?
A Dutch magazine called Sprout nominated 20 entrepreneurs as the best entrepreneurs of 2011. Readers were then asked to vote for their favorite entry. Martijn Arets, whose project became first successfully completed crowdfunding project on Sybmid, mobilized the readership and won Sprout's title of “Best Entrepreneur of 2011.”
CrowdControl has released results from a recent survey that profiled Amazon Mechanical Turk workers. The study found that most of the respondents have day jobs and that participating in crowdsourcing projects is a way for them to complement their primary source of income.
All of the White House’s recent forays into the world of crowdsourcing for its initiatives have been assessed against different paradigms of “collective intelligence”. Researchers at Ryerson University in Toronto have used the Genome for Collective Intelligence to measure the Obama Administration's open government initiatives and found them to be at least partly game-changing.
For an undisclosed price, DesignCrowd has purchased Brandstack services, who are best known for their ability to generate ready-made logos through crowdsourcing. The brand plans to reinvent Brandstack by launching BrandCrowd.com.
The National Foundation report, conducted by VentureSource, examined the role immigrants play in new business start-ups. The study considered companies that were valued at less than $1 billion and that had received venture capital within the past three years. The study was supported by a grant provided by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundations. The results of the study indicated that nearly half of America's business start-ups have a founder who was foreign-born. It also found that 37 percent of American start-ups have at least one immigrant in a key role, such as a major management position.