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July 19, 2006

Is Crowdsourcing Really Free?

Bruce Nussbaum

Is free labor really free and is crowdsourcing really without cost, asks Ideaport, a new blog for me and an insightful one.

Roger Dennis, author of Ideaport, has been in the innovation design biz for a while, working with Egg and others.

To me, he's raising a critical question here: "The use of ethnography coupled with the harnessing of customer generated product ideas sounds great and gets people excited, but in practise it’s expensive and time-consuming."

Dennis recommends a book by Anthony Ulwick--"What Customers Want."

There is a lot of blah-blah about crowdsourcing these days and the economics of it are very important. Is it really free. Is the quality really good? Is it truly creative (on that we know--lots of it is wildly creative). These are serious questions. Thanks Roger.

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Tracked on July 19, 2006 09:19 PM

Hello,

in the same concept, look at this website that I've just noticed http://cecrowdsourcing.blogspot.com/ This is a further step on the crowdsourcing as it aims to design and sale electronic products for the first time (it's hardware development and not software for this time). It looks promising but it's just started. I'd recommand you to join this community, who knows it can work and you can potentially earn money.

Posted by: Ventus at August 23, 2006 04:22 PM


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