Crowdsortium Welcomes Interim Board of Directors

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The first crowdsourcing industry group, Crowdsortium, takes next step in guiding the industry by announcing leaders as its interim board of directors.

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“We are very pleased to have strong industrial leaders on the board. As crowdsourcing is clearly starting to mature, it needs the quality leadership that only a broad-based, experienced association can provide,” said David Alan Grier.

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Crowdsortium, the first crowdsourcing industry group, announces today the participation of crowdsourcing leaders to serve as its interim board of directors. Leaders from enterprise crowdsourcing, labor-on-demand, and academic research have gathered together to help lead member companies forward in their endeavors. As the industry grows, it becomes increasingly important to have a guiding set of standards and an organizational body to continue stewarding growth.

Joining David Alan Grier, interim Executive Director will be:

  •         Lukas Biewald, CEO, CrowdFlower
  •      Joe Eandi, CEO, Vorstack Corporation; former Senior Vice President and General Manager at LiveOps
  •      Panagiotis Ipeirotis, Associate Professor, Leonard N. Stern School of Business of NYU
  •      Doron Reuveni, CEO, uTest
  •      Niel Robertson, CEO, Trada
  •      Gary Swart, CEO, oDesk

With 250 individual members, 150 member companies, and 16 academics, Crowdsortium is growing rapidly. The influx of members necessitated a move to become a non-profit organization and establish a board of directors. This newly formed board possesses the experience necessary to successfully guide Crowdsortium forward as it enters its next growth phase.

“We are very pleased to have strong industrial leaders on the board. As crowdsourcing is clearly starting to mature, it needs the quality leadership that only a broad-based, experienced association can provide,” said Grier.

With crowdsoucing’s growth and global impact, the need for quality leaders is increasingly important. "In the short time span of only four years, uTest's community has had phenomenal growth, expanding to more than 50,000 professional software testers in 187 countries," said Doron Reuveni, uTest CEO and co-founder. "Crowdsourcing has proven a viable business model for tapping the unique talent of individuals all over the world, creating jobs in the US and abroad. We're proud to be a part of Crowdsortium, driving collaboration among crowdsourcing leaders to usher the whole industry forward."

Not only is there international reach, but domestically crowdsourcing’s scalability and ability to create jobs comes at a vital point to stimulate the economy. With new job creation it is increasingly important to have leaders drive forward Crowdsortium. “As online work lifts the barriers of traditional hiring, we're creating a new world of freedom and opportunity for both businesses and contractors. It's clear that some of the biggest difficulties facing companies today are finding the right talent, making complex challenges manageable, and getting the job done quickly and effectively. The growth of our online workplace (doubling annually for the last five years) shows astounding recognition of online work as a strategic solution. That said, as demand grows it is important to establish industry best practices, and we are honored to be part of the effort at Crowdsortium," said Gary Swart, CEO oDesk.

Crowdsortium is excited to welcome all members of the board. As forward thinking leaders, the boards’ focus will be on creating a set of guidelines, best practices, and standards to drive the industry onward. Crowdsortium and its members are enthusiastic for these developments.    

About Crowdsortium

The Crowdsortium is a group of crowdsourcing industry practitioners that have self- organized to advance the crowdsourcing industry through best practices, education, data collection and public dialog. Crowdsortium currently has 150 companies, with 250 members consisting of practitioners, academics, funders, and customers. For more information, visit crowdsortium.org.

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