Something’s Wrong. But What?

Last Sunday evening we went live with a crowdfunding campaign on So far, we’ve raised zero dollars. Naturally, it’s humbling to realize one’s appeal is a big fat flop. I was pretty disappointed on Monday and Tuesday, but by yesterday I’d resolved to let it be a lesson to me, and to not give […]

Need Cash For Your Project Or Startup? Ask The Crowd

Need some cash for your project? Crowd-funding might be the answer. According to The Wall Street Journal, the sites—which facilitate “crowd-funding”—have taken off in the past few years. Crowd-funding emerged about a decade ago as a way for artists, filmmakers and musicians to raise donations from a community of online supporters. The idea has since […]

Pro Tools On Windows 7 Turns “Detention” Into A Sound Studio

From January 4th through April 7th, Windows asked filmmakers from around the world to show off what Windows 7 and Windows Live could do. The contestants were asked to submit a short video that spoke directly to students. The winning director, Josh Soskin, said, “I was really into this concept, that out of boredom we […]

Like Mommy Bloggers, But Better


According to Adweek, digital creative director Alessandra Lariu and Amanda Jaskiewicz, a client-services veteran, are forming a new creative platform where ad women will collaborate on client briefs targeting other women. The yet-to-be-named site, slated for a June 30 launch, will operate under the umbrella of Lariu’s mentoring group, SheSays. Clients will pay a fee […]

A Tale Of Two Spots

Here’s a recent Dish Network spot made by the upstart “crowdsourcing” agency Victors And Spoils. Here’s a DirecTV spot made by a “BDA”, Grey New York. Two competing spots, for competing services, made by two very different types of ad agencies. So is this a good comparison of the creative output of these business models? […]

Crispin Spinoff Gets On Their Harley And Rides

Crowdsourcing agency Victor & Spoils is busy doing spec work for Harley-Davidson on the heels of the company’s split with Carmichael Lynch, their agency for 31 years. According to V&S’s John Winsor: We love the Harley-Davidson brand (just like most everyone). And we’ve talked to a bunch of our creatives and strategists (I dare say […]

The Lowly Focus Group Gets A Hand Up From The Crowd

According to their website Napkin Labs is “a community of Gen-Y entrepreneurs, engineers, designers, and generally brilliant individuals with a passion for developing great products and services.” Napkin Labs is also the subject of a New York Times feature on “tapping the wisdom of the crowd.” The paper reports that Napkin Labs, which typically charges […]

Creatives Now Have Their Workplace And An Extended Online Network For Side Jobs

Like Victors & Spoils and Lab Rats before it, GiantHydra is a new kind of collaborative environment for creative professionals. Developed by Ignacio Oreamuno of, the online community of creative professionals, or “Mass Collaboration Unit,” is now ready for use by early adopter clients interested in tapping the power of the crowd (a word […]

Crowdsourcing The New Substrate Of Exploitation, Or Deliverer From Evil? You Decide.

Dan Robles is the Director of The Ingenesist Project, a private think tank in Seattle. One of the things he’s thinking deeply about is what crowdsourcing means for the emerging economy and the workers who perform Human Intelligence Tasks. Turking is a phenomenon of crowdsourcing where people perform simple tasks on-line for money. Highly intellectual […]

Moonlighters Plucked From The Crowd To Create New DISH Network TV

Victors & Spoils’ new campaign for DISH Network marks its first full-scale effort using crowdsourced creative concepts and scripts. Hmmm…these spots look like any other spots of questionable quality. In other words, V&S has yet to prove their proprietary “directing and curating” creative process delivers better work. But it’s a new shop with a new […]