SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 12, 2011 -- CloudFactory, a "third world startup" based in Kathmandu, Nepal launched an innovative Cloud Labor platform at TechCrunch Disrupt today on its way to creating work opportunities for people in developing nations. Businesses can use this platform to design virtual assembly lines for all types of digital work such as inputting data from handwritten forms, extracting data from images, flagging bad content and categorizing things. The assembly lines are then instantly staffed by 500,000 cloud workers from around the world.
"Similar to how Kiva connects people through micro-loans, CloudFactory is connecting people through micro-work," said Mark Sears, CEO of CloudFactory. "We see this market-based approach to poverty alleviation being a key to unlocking the massive human potential in developing countries."
CloudFactory is an example of innovation by the developing world, for the developing world with the platform itself built in Nepal by bright young engineers wanting to help create life-changing work for people in countries like their own. Cloud Labor is an exploding industry that will demand a lot more workers in the years to come and CloudFactory is committed to raising up a handpicked workforce across developing nations through on-the-ground training, testing and equipping of cloud workers.
Early adopters like tech startups are finding unlimited uses for their own CloudFactory assembly lines whether it be at the core of their application or support for internal sales or operations. Since an average developer can build and integrate an assembly line in as little as an hour, innovating is easy without the usual hurdles and costs associated with other outsourcing options.
CloudFactory (www.cloudfactory.com), a social enterprise with a staff of 40 passionate people across offices in Nepal and Hong Kong, is creating work for people in developing nations by offering its Cloud Labor API to businesses needing access to an on-demand, scalable workforce. Initially targeted at startups and developers, the pay-as-you-go platform offers a motivated workforce, self-moderation and advanced workflows appropriately called assembly lines. Like in a real factory, every assembly line is a series of task stations where humans and robots team up to get digital work done.
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Tom Puskarich, VP Solutions