In this blog, I'm continuing my conversation with Jay Rogers, CEO and co-founder of Local Motors, the open-source automotive design company. Here, Jay shares how he builds and engages his 30,000-person crowd.
We know crowds can raise billions of dollars, create Wikipedia, and even design and build small autonomous drones. But how about something large and complex like designing a new car, and maybe someday even a spaceship?
TopCoder is the world's largest platform for digital open innovation, whose 445,000-plus members around the world compete to develop lines of code in return for prizes and recognition, resulting in great efficiencies of time and cost.
Because of the density of founders in Silicon Valley, people feel safe to try all sorts of projects, because if they fail they can move on to the next project. In fact, in Silicon Valley, people value failure as having trained them in that experience.
I asked DIY Drones founder Chris Anderson to outline how a community can reduce the cost of product development by one or two orders of magnitude -- what are the advantages and pitfalls. Here's Anderson's list of five areas to keep in mind.
Chris Anderson started the DIY Drones community fueled by his enthusiasm around what he had discovered and what he hoped to do. Chief among his learning on making the community work was his willingness to be open, authentic and intimate.
A Tongal competition to make a 15-second ad can be done in a few days -- much less time than it would take a traditional bureaucracy-bound ad agency to even get a first round of creative conversations going.
Tongal, founded in 2008, helped spur the creation of groundbreaking video content by crowdsourcing creativity through contests. In this interview, co-founder and president James DeJulio briefed me on the company's origin and how it works.
Arianna is both the force behind the Huffington Post and a force of nature herself -- a brilliant, powerful and loving person. In August 2012, I sat down with Arianna to talk about what inspires her, what worries her, and what bold ideas she's most excited about.
It used to be that a standard feature of the home of the upwardly intellectually mobile was a shelf of books -- a display of erudition to all visitors. Alas, books and the bookshelves groaning under their weight are going the way of the landline.
The new era of space travel will be known for democratizing space travel, moving it into the private sector, and making it available to the general public, rather than just a few highly trained and government-employed specialists.
Peter Diamandis' conversation style is high octane and motivational; he is so energized that he could easily be the poster boy for Nike's 'Just Do It' campaign. He advises us to bulldoze our way through bureaucracy, fail early, fail often and explore multiple projects.
I still know that there are problems with the global economy, that America's unemployment is still high, and that the housing market is still unsettled. Despite these facts, I feel better, because I've just spent the last 24 hours with Dr. Peter Diamandis.
Last year, we learned of the dangers of one's "filter bubble." At TED, there is no such danger: The talks are multi-sensory, cross-disciplinary, and always delivered with passion by someone at the top of their game. What's not to love?
With unemployment still over 8 percent, we currently have more ingenuity, energy, and expertise than we have jobs -- and definitely more time on our hands. That's one reason I was so drawn to Abundance, a new book by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler.