Prior to Startup Foundry, Ross co-founded and continues to lead, as CEO, crowdSPRING – the world’s #1 marketplace for crowdsourced graphic design, industrial design and copywriting. Over 184,000 designers and writers from nearly every country on Earth work on crowdSPRING.
crowdSPRING is the world’s #1 marketplace for buyers and sellers of crowdsourced creative services. Buyers who need a new logo design, stationery design, web design, banner ads, marketing materials, product design, company name, product name or other creative content (see, for example, 99 Designs You Can Crowdsource on crowdSPRING) simply post what they need, when they need it and how much they’ll pay. Once posted, creatives from around the world submit actual work – not bids or proposals. As the submissions come in, buyers are able to review, sort, rate, provide feedback and collaborate with multiple creatives until they pick their favorite.
The crowdSPRING community has worked with the world’s best Brands, including: Amazon, LG, Starbucks, Microsoft, Barilla, Philips (and many more), and also with many of the world’s best agencies – and tens of thousands of entrepreneurs and startups from 100 different countries.
Since launch, crowdSPRING has been featured in many media publications and shows, including Forbes, New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Crain’s, Chicago Tribune, Advertising Age, Chicago Tonight, Fast Company, SmartMoney, and many others. crowdSPRING has also prominently represented Chicago in Illinois and around the world. Shortly after its launch, crowdSPRING received the audience, judges and best of show – audience awards at the Under the Radar Conference in Silicon Valley (showcasing the most disruptive internet startups of 2008). Following up on its successful launch, crowdSPRING was a finalist for the Chicago Innovation Award in 2008 and won the Chicago Innovation Award in 2010, won WIRED Magazine’s Small Biz 2008 competition, won Business.com’s best people solution competition, won the Illinois Technology Association’s Newcomer award in 2009, was nominated for a 2009 Webby Award (as one of only five startups in the world) for the Community category, was named an Official Honoree for the Services and Applications category in the 13th Annual Webby Awards, in June 2009, won a Stevie Award for Best Product/Service (crowdSPRING was also a 2010 finalist for best e-commerce site in the 2010 Stevie Awards), was a top five finalist for TechAmerica Foundation’s American Technology Award in the Internet Services and E-Commerce category. In 2012, crowdSPRING’s Blog was selected as an Official Honoree of the 16th Annual Webby Awards (joining distinguished blogs from the New York Times, BBC, and The Atlantic, among several others). crowdSPRING was also a finalist for the 2012 Illinois Technology Association Rising Star award.
Prior to crowdSPRING, for 13 years as a successful attorney, Ross counseled and represented clients (from small internet startups to Fortune 100 companies) in complex disputes involving intellectual property in United States state and federal courts and before the World Intellectual Property Organization. In 2006, Ross was named one of “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch” for intellectual property and complex commercial litigation.
email: ross at startupfoundry dot com or ross at rosskimbarovsky dot com
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