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September 16, 2009 20:43 ET

Smartsheet Releases First Comprehensive Crowdsourcing Research Report

Vendors Are Improving Results Quality and Ease of Use to Achieve Mainstream Success

BELLEVUE, WA--(Marketwire - September 16, 2009) - announces availability of the first comprehensive research report on the paid crowdsourcing market. The report entitled, Paid Crowdsourcing, Current State & Progress ( is available now at no charge.

The report includes original research on the paid crowdsourcing industry, including:

-- Six hurdles paid crowdsourcing vendors must clear to break into the mainstream market.

-- Five predictions, including one which states vendor revenue will exceed $1B in five years.

-- Sweet spot attributes, characterized by three factors: size of assignment, price range and complexity.

-- 50 vendors are ranked across 10 characteristics in user experience and infrastructure.

-- Facts and figures around price and payment.

As part of the launch of this report, Smartsheet is hosting a free web seminar, "Paid crowdsourcing - on demand workers in the cloud" ( on Thursday, September 17 at 9am PDT. This web seminar will feature crowdsourcing experts, including:

-- Jeff Howe, WIRED Magazine contributing editor

-- John Winsor, VP/Executive Director at Crispin, Porter & Bogusky

-- Lukas Biewald, founder of CrowdFlower

-- Eckart Walther, GM of LiveWork, SVP of LiveOps

-- Brent Frei, founder and chairman,

The event will be moderated by Marshall Kirkpatrick from ReadWriteWeb (

The event is on September 17, 2009 at 9am PDT. Register for free at

"We're pleased with the final report and excited to have such qualified crowdsourcing experts joining us on our panel," said Brent Frei, founder of "Howe, Winsor, Biewald and Walther are some of the brightest minds in technology and will definitely provide seminar attendees with a valuable discussion." is the only collaboration tool that connects you to an on-demand workforce capable of completing tasks at affordable prices. Thousands of companies use Smartsheet to manage projects, share files, coordinate front-office operations and report on where things stand. Smartsheet can be found online at:

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