Thursday, January 21, 2010

Crowdsourcing and San Fran Awesomeness

Last night I went the Crowdsourcing Work Meetup event in my new hometown - San Francisco. The energy, passion, and excitement in this city is incredible. Chicago never could have staged this event. I feel really lucky to be here. ReTel is at the geographical and ideological epicenter of a brand new technology that is going to change the world. My co-founder, Adam Rodnitzky said it best - "This is turning into a movement." He's right. The wave is building and it is going to change lives all over the world.

Lucus Biewald, the CEO of Crowdflower, moderated and organized the event. He's a great guy, and if you're interested in crowdsourcing, you should read his blog - . The other speakers were great as well. Here is a list:

  • Aaron Koblin, a local artist, who created The Sheep Market, Bicycle Built for Two Thousand and Ten Thousand Cents projects.
  • Leila Janah, a social entrepreneur who runs Samasource, our fantastic non-profit partner.
  • Sharon Chiarella, VP at Amazon in charge of Mechanical Turk.
  • Panos Ipeirotis NYU Stern school professor who writes one of my favorite blogs on crowdsourcing and Mechanical Turk.

  • If you want too see an amazing visualization of the power of crowdsourcing, go to Aaron Koblin's website - It's amazing.

    If you want to get into the underlying coding and theory behind crowdsourcing, go to Panos Ipeirotis blog -

    If you want to learn about how crowdsourcing is going to save millions from poverty, go to

    Ok, I've got to go. I've got a board meeting this afternoon. :)