Crowdsourcing Work and the Paradox of Trust

Posted by Courtney Wilson

Wed, May 20, 2015

The very idea that a business can leverage a massive crowd to work for pennies on the dollar compared to full time employees is irresistible. Dreams of a massive crowd working on your business day and night while you focus on growing and serving your customers is an appealing prospect, but, is it too good to be true? Well, that all depends...

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Topics: Human Powered Software, CloudFactory, Amazon Mechanical Turk, Trust

Special Webinar: The Nepal Earthquake - An Update from CloudFactory

Posted by Courtney Wilson

Tue, May 19, 2015

On April 25th a massive earthquake struck Nepal, significantly impacting our employees, their families and their communities. As many of you know, CloudFactory has been on the ground  since moments after the quake, locating our people, raising money, and providing relief to those most affected, all while keeping CloudFactory running for our customers who trust us with their mission critical work. It’s been a challenging and inspiring journey that has tested our people, our business model, and perhaps most importantly — our purpose.

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Topics: CloudFactory, Nepal Earthquake

Agility and Resiliency in the Face of Crisis

Posted by Courtney Wilson

Tue, May 5, 2015

The events of the last nine days have been anything but business as usual for CloudFactory. The ferocious earthquake that shocked the world also shook us to our core. This event and the days after it have brought agony and triumph, devastation and inspiration. Our first priority was accounting for our team members and cloud workers and assessing their immediate humanitarian needs. Our team leapt into action in a massive effort to locate over 1,300 team members in and around Kathmandu. We used every social media trick in the book and we're happy to say that everyone has been accounted for.

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Topics: CloudFactory, Nepal Earthquake

Video: CloudFactory Nepal Earthquake Relief Efforts

Posted by Courtney Wilson

Thu, Apr 30, 2015

Our team on the ground is doing an amazing job of providing relief to their friends, families and communities. Check out this short video update from our CEO, Mark Sears who immediately flew from the U.S. to be with our team in Nepal.

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Topics: Nepal Earthquake

CloudFactory Relief Efforts Underway

Posted by Courtney Wilson

Wed, Apr 29, 2015

Over the years our teams in Nepal have participated in thousands of community service projects, and the years of raising up leaders for a tech company has mapped into an amazing ability to pull together and respond to the needs of their communities.

Here's a photo essay from the first few days on ground in Kathmandu.

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Topics: Nepal Earthquake

Earthquake Update #2: The View from CloudFactory Nepal

Posted by Mark Sears

Tue, Apr 28, 2015

Greetings from Nepal! I’m both grateful and humbled to be here with the CloudFactory family during this incredibly challenging time. While aftershocks continue to rattle the Kathmandu valley, they are slowly subsiding. Electricity has been restored in much of Kathmandu and the resiliency of the Nepali people inspires me as always.

Our first priority is to care for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the CloudFactory team and their families. We’ve been overwhelmed by the support and prayers of so many. 

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Topics: Nepal Earthquake

Nepal Earthquake Update

Posted by Mark Sears

Sat, Apr 25, 2015

Nepal Earthquake Update

A major earthquake hit Nepal April 25th where CloudFactory has 125 employees and about 3,000 cloud workers concentrated in and around Kathmandu. Thank you to everyone who has reached out - we appreciate your thoughts and prayers in this difficult situation. Our primary concern at this time is for the safety and well-being of our workers, their families and the people of Nepal.

We’re in contact with key team members and have heard from the majority of employees who are safe. The CloudFactory offices themselves have been reported to be unaffected and at this time we know of no fatalities or injuries among our team but family homes have been destroyed in some cases. We will be sharing updates below as additions to this blog post as we gather more information.

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Topics: Nepal Earthquake

I am more.

Posted by Mark Sears

Mon, Apr 13, 2015

Everyone has a guilty pleasure. Mine is watching all the youtube clips from the many music reality shows like American Idol, The Voice, Britain’s Got Talent, etc, etc. Hours and hours, late into the night I watch one after another – any clip with more than 1M views is a must see.  I get extra excited when I see a new clip trending fast and I also love re-watching the classic viral auditions with 10M+ views.

The storyline is almost always the same – a young or old, definitely quirky, often less attractive person almost certainly with a boring minimum wage job is previewed backstage before walking out on to stage to face the judges. They give an awkward but short introduction and then take a deep breath as the music is cued. The judges and crowd have been listening for hours to lackluster or disastrous auditions and before that opening note there is absolutely NO WAY to know what level of talent someone has. They can look all hipster cool and yet sing like a tortured animal … you just never quite know what undiscovered talent is right around the corner about to step on stage.

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CloudFactory Illustrated

Posted by Courtney Wilson

Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Everyday CloudFactory is helping to create smarter software through the power of human intelligence. Many software solutions require human intervention to process high-volumes of data or to better train their algorithms. We help our customers create a better user experience by combining advanced technology with a curated and well trained workforce to process data at scale...quickly and accurately.

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Topics: Human Powered Software, CloudFactory

Three Ways to Make Smarter Software

Posted by CloudFactory

Mon, Mar 2, 2015

This is a guest post by Lauren Maffeo. Lauren loves travel, running, and the written word. She oversees content strategy at Aha! -- the world's #1 product roadmap software. Previously, she has earned bylines as a contributing writer to The Next Web, The Guardian, Mic, and more. Her work has been cited by The Atlantic, Huffington Post, and the textbook, "Digital Innovations for Mass Communications: Engaging the User".

Last month, I spoke on a panel hosted by Tech in Motion in Washington, D.C. The panel discussed a year-in-review of 2014 tech news and made predictions for 2015. We reviewed themes including regulation, cybersecurity, and emerging technology. It was apparent that technology's pace is hard to keep up with -- and that software permeates it all.

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