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Crowdsourcing

Business

Forget cut-throat competition, the hot topic these days is collaboration. Whether it’s companies in shared working spaces exchanging ideas around the water cooler, entrepreneurs picking other people’s brains via crowdsourcing, Xero start-ups teaming up to get customers, or big bosses of primary producers strategising at Stanford University, working together is de rigueur.* (*But why just write about it? Idealog decided to try a bit of collaborating ourselves, so we asked for help to illustrate this feature. Most of the photos on these pages – and on the cover – were sourced from our readers, friends, followers, and the people we've written about recently. The rest were us. We're all in this together.)

Sustainability

The “million metres streams” project – a newly-developed crowdsourcing platform looking to raise $30 million for waterway restoration projects ­­– is hoping to go live in August.

Leaving the Aussie mines for the Melbourne startup scene, a 24-year-old Kiwi entrepreneur has this week wrangled a $450,000 investment in his web development marketplace from angel investors.

Design

News that Australian company DesignCrowd had launched in New Zealand didn’t go down too well with our readers a few weeks back. But its presence in the Kiwi market and beyond has been given a booster by way of a $3 million investment from Australian VC firm Starfish Ventures. DesignCrowd chief executive Alec Lynch said the money would be used to enhance the company’s service in Australia, New Zealand and beyond. And after a chat on the phone, he was also quick to defend crowd sourcing, describing it as an “opportunity, not a threat” to existing design agencies.

Design

The online domain has created a whole new portal when it comes to the dissemination of ideas and creativity. Crowdsourcing is one of the trends to ride on the back of web-induced capabilities, but in the design domain, it has proved controversial. With companies using it as a way to source, among other things, new logos, some designers complain that it undermines the expertise of qualified designers and design companies. But, like it or hate it, it looks set to stay and in New Zealand, it’s just received a boost with DesignCrowd launching a New Zealand crowdsourcing site.

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