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The Travelling Salesman, one man and his crazy dream

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Silicon Valley than the Arctic Circle. One only needs to scroll through a few editions of Arctic Startup to get a feel for what is going on.

Perhaps, when Kristoffer has met these people and brought their stories to the world, we may find an explanation for this phenomenon. Is it because of great education systems? Support from governments or the influence of giants like Nokia? The fact you can’t leave your house for half the year and the other half you can’t sleep?

If anyone is …

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From millions of tasks to thousands of jobs: Bringing digital work to the developing world

Posted on by Vili Lehdonvirta

… and supported in various ways with a view towards their eventual realization as, for example, startup companies. The slogan of the challenge is, “From millions of tasks to thousands of jobs”.

What would you do with a mobile workforce of millions? Submit your idea for a chance to make it reality.

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Flop Idol: another crowdsourcing contest site gets Minted

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… of money and had yet to sell even a single unit.

Traditionally, as a founder of a stationery startup, Ms Naficy has 3 options at this point: (1) weep; (2) cut her losses and move onto something new (thankful that at least her Christmas presents are sorted for the next fifty years); or (3) become a bitter pen-hoarding recluse.

Today, it seems, there 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 …

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Journalist vs. microworker: a fair fight?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… is distinguished reporter Adam Penenberg. Here’s the story. Last year, microwork startup Serv.io contacted Penenberg hoping for some free publicity (they got that all right). Instead of writing a regular piece, Penenberg decided to put Serv.io’s microworkers to the test by “crowdsourcing the writing of a profile about the company” using only “the Servio 120,000-member crowd”.

Crowd on crowd reporting

To kick start the process, Penenberg wrote 20 questions …


From January to June: six months of micro (and macro) work

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

Believe it or not, it has been over six months since our last Microtask news update . Back in the chilly depths of December, we wondered what new crowdsourcing delights (and disasters) 2011 might bring. Now, summer’s here and the whole of Helsinki seems to have abandoned work to sunbathe in the park (you can almost hear the economy grinding to a halt). We thought it was …

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