Tag Archives: Real Simple


Rookie or real player? The rise of Seth Priebatsch

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… free stuff. In return for completing challenges users (over 1 million of them so far) unlock “real world rewards” provided by local, participating businesses.

Most 22-year-olds would be happy with one multi-million dollar startup. But not Seth. Eighteen months after launching SCVNGR, the blue-eyed boy from Boston announced his second venture: LevelUp. LevelUp is part location-game, part daily deal site. The theory goes like this: sites like Groupon are great at attracting lots of …

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Flop Idol: another crowdsourcing contest site gets Minted

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

If you’ve ever started your own business, you’ll know that it’s not all champagne and billion-dollar IPOs. For any number of reasons, most new businesses die slow, painful deaths (but not before sucking up every dollar in a surrounding 3 mile radius).

One month into starting her own branded-stationary company, Mariam Naficy was well aware of this. Her company, Minted …

Tags: business Christmas crowd crowdsourcing Mariam Naficy microwork Minted Naficy PRWEB Real Simple san francisco

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Hatforce: your friendly crowd of hackers

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… old) explained to me: “we want to answer the question: how’s your security?”. The idea is simple. Clients set the Hatforce testers challenges and rewards – say €80 for every security vulnerability found in a system. To take part, wannabe testers have to register and sign an NDA. Legal stuff completed, the official hacking begins. All testing is done on a “no bugs no fee” basis (so if your system is secure, you get to save money and be smug).

A black and white issue?

So, …

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Transfluent: tweeting in tongues

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… a unique new crowdsourced service: Transfluent.

French connections

Transfluent offers near real-time, professional translation of social media feeds and websites. Back in April, we featured a guest post by Transfluent (then called PremiumFanPage) founder Jani Penttinen. More recently, we decided to give Transfluent a try.

First, of course, we had to choose a language to translate to. Apparently, the Dudesons opted for Spanish because they have a large fan-base in Latin America …

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VizWiz: what the crowd sees is what you get

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… blind people to recruit remote sighted workers to help them with visual problems in nearly real-time.” It works like this: users take a picture of whatever they need to identify, speak a question and upload it to the crowd. Questions can be anything: what flavor are these noodles? Do these socks match? Is that guy at the bar still sitting on his own? VizWiz workers examine the photo and send back an answer. Simple.

Researchers trialled VizWiz with a group of blind users. The …

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