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Kaggle: crowdsourcing genius or statistical anomaly?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… official rating system (still reasonably cool) and accurately predicting the outcome of the Eurovision Song contest (totally uncool, but very profitable).

Founder Anthony Goldbloom aims to grow Kaggle into a “buzzing hive” able to support “hundreds or thousands of data scientists relying on Kaggle for their full-time incomes”. It’s an ambitious step-up from other, older science competition sites ( InnoCentive is a classic example) which tend to market crowdsourcing as …

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Rate me baby one more time: crowdsourcing the perfect song

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… or cry, and even tear down the Berlin Wall (according to David Hasselhoff, anyway). The same song can mean different things to different people, with infectious tracks like Britney Spears’ ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ managing to be both the all-time most requested song on US radio as well as an instrument of torture used at Guantanamo Bay (along with ‘I Love You,’ the theme from Barney the Dinosaur, which would make me crack within seconds).

Thanks to the internet, we now …

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Flop Idol: another crowdsourcing contest site gets Minted

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… is a fourth option. As a “last ditch move” Minted decided to turn its business into a design-contest site. Instead of having a team of in-house designers, it crowdsourced them, pitching hopeful designers against each other in a kind of talent contest, with winners chosen by vote.

For Minted, crowdsourcing meant more originality in the designs and (more importantly) plenty of exposure. Oh, and $5.5m worth of investment and sales upwards of $11m.

Of course, as readers of this blog …

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Do crowdsourced design contests work? You be the judge – and win!

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Nothing beats first-hand experience. Put your money where your mouth is. What doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger. Or so everyone always says.

A few weeks ago we discussed the use of crowdsourcing in design contests. Writing this blog – and reading the feedback we received in response to it – got us thinking. Why not try it out for ourselves? After all, we …

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The Same Old Song?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… potential to help the industry in ways we can now only start to imagine. It may be the same old song, but it has a different meaning since the internet came along.

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