Surge Weekend: Innovating Our Impact Sourcing Model

Posted by Evan Kubicek

Thu, Aug 13, 2015

Each day we process over one million tasks for our clients through the talent of our individual workers. While the ecosystem that makes that possible requires a lot of teamwork, the work itself is based on the skill and speed of a each worker. Yet, our definition of success goes well beyond accurate, scalable, and fast data work and enters the world of personal development, as we strive to raise up leaders in the developing world. If there is one thing you can can count on at CloudFactory, it’s finding new ways to innovate. What doesn’t change is our commitment to developing leaders in one of the most challenging environments on earth...a team.

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Topics: Impactsourcing, Surge Weekend

Rising Above the Debris

Posted by Anuj M. Kachapati

Thu, Aug 6, 2015

Saturday, April 25th, 11:56 AM NST, things got very rough. A magnitude 7.8 earthquake ripped through Nepal. The nation went into a state of panic and hyper vigilance that day, and stayed there for many weeks. I was no exception. 11:57 AM: when the shaking finally stopped I stepped out fearing the worst for my neighborhood. To my surprise, the damage was limited -- a few collapsed walls lay scattered on the ground, but most of the houses were still intact. Voices of men, women, and children began flooding the streets. Startled bodies were everywhere...frantically trying to call their loved ones.

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Amazon Mechanical Turk Doubles & Quadruples Fees - What Does It Mean for your Business?

Posted by Courtney Wilson

Fri, Jun 26, 2015

Amazon recently announced that their Mechanical Turk (AMT) online work platform will be changing their commission structure for requesters. Fees will be doubled across the board from 10% to 20% of the total paid by requesters. For organizations needing a group of workers larger than 10, it will actually quadruple from 10% to 40%! According to Amazon these changes “would be intended to allow us to increase our investment in the marketplace and bring future innovation to Mechanical Turk that will benefit both Requesters and Workers.”

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Topics: Amazon Mechanical Turk

4 Ways to Scale Your Startup

Posted by Luke Davis

Mon, Jun 15, 2015

An Era for Startups:

While success for startups is far from assured, resources are widely available and barriers to entry have never been lower. Whether that be access to capital through crowdfunding and VCs, distributed talent pools, or the proliferation of startup incubators, new businesses are forming at exponential rates (and not just in Silicon Valley!).

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Topics: Startup

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 t he 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

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