The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2016-04-28T03:53:53Z Oomph Launches Tablet App Marketplace and $10,000 Contest on DesignCrowd 2016-04-28T03:53:53Z oomph-launches-tablet-app-marketplace-and-10-000-contest-on-designcrowd Oomph – a leading tablet app publishing platform that powers apps used by 1 million users worldwide and rated 'best in world' by industry rating agency iMonitor – today announced the launch of a new self-service marketplace for customisable iOS tablet app templates – Oomph Marketplace. To support the launch of Marketplace, Oomph has launched a $10,000 tablet app contest on DesignCrowd, a creative 'crowdsourcing' website that specialises in design contests.  Sarina Quinlan, Product and Marketing Manager at Oomph Marketplace said, "The Oomph Marketplace gives designers access to customers and opportunity to earn income from selling their designs. Like Themeforest is to Wordpress templates, designers can sell their template designs on Oomph. DesignCrowd’s global platform will generate templates and awareness for Marketplace amongst international designers.” Alec Lynch, CEO and co-founder of DesignCrowd said, "We’re very pleased that Oomph has turned to crowdsourcing and DesignCrowd to generate new creative ideas for its marketplace.  We now have over 100,000 designers from around the world who have already started submitting dozens of ideas." The $10,000 competition comprises of four mini contests each offering a $2,500 prize. The four contests focus on four popular app genres that target: organisers of arts and music festivals; industry conferences; travel agencies marketing holiday destinations; branded magazine creators; and retailers who want to create an interactive rich media content experience for buyers.  The contest closes at the end of January and prize winners will be announced in February with the winning designs in each category to be available for sale on Oomph Marketplace. Oomph will be launching new functionality in the coming weeks so app authors can sell templates in the store. View the new Oomph Marketplace here: https://marketplace.oomphhq.com/welcome. View the $10,000 app design contest here: http://www.designcrowd.com/special/oomph-app-design-contest DesignCrowd launches in Spanish language 2016-03-24T01:32:05Z designcrowd-launches-in-spanish-language Sydney, Australia - 24 March, 2016: Online creative marketplace DesignCrowd has launched its service and customer support in Spanish, targeting Spain, Mexico, and Argentina as it continues to expand its global customer base. DesignCrowd founder and CEO, Alec Lynch, said the development is a key step in the company’s global strategy to internationalise DesignCrowd’s service, with plans to launch in other languages, like German and French, in the near future. “Whether you’re a business or a designer, we want to make quality, fast and affordable design available from anywhere in the world and in any language,” he said. “By offering the language alongside Spanish customer support, more designers can produce great work for businesses around the world.” Demand for the crowdsourcing service from Spanish customers grew by 40% last year and project volumes have increased by 60% in the first two months of 2016 compared to the same period last year. DesignCrowd already has more than 20,000 Spanish speaking designers registered on its platform from across 21 countries. One of DesignCrowd’s top 100 designers is Ivan Marinov, from Spain, who has earned more than $AUD45,000 through the website. The bilingual development comes after the crowdsourcing website, which was launched in 2008, announced it had grown its design community to more than half a million graphic, logo, and website designers around the world. Mr Lynch added: “We are committed to growing the crowdsourcing platform out across all industries and countries. “The global design industry is large (over $50b) and while 80% of DesignCrowd’s revenues already come from outside of Australia, launching in new languages, like Spanish, will help DesignCrowd grow and expand internationally even further. Our vision is to help businesses access talented designers around the world, regardless of their location and launching in new languages is an important part of realizing this vision.” DesignCrowd reaches half a million designers in 124 countries 2016-03-04T02:06:28Z designcrowd-reaches-half-a-million-designers-in-124-countries Sydney, Australia - 4 March, 2016: DesignCrowd, one of the world’s largest creative design marketplaces where freelancers complete work, has reached half a million designers on its global platform. Since launching in 2008, DesignCrowd has rapidly grown to become one of the biggest crowdsourcing communities in the world; raising over $12m in venture capital, and opening offices in Sydney, San Francisco, and Manila.The DesignCrowd platform now connects 500,000 graphic, logo, and website designers from around the world with a small and large businesses from around the world.DesignCrowd’s CEO, Alec Lynch, says the 500,000 designers milestone highlights the need for the marketplace as an alternative to traditional design agencies and is one of the reasons he founded DesignCrowd:  “I started DesignCrowd  to provide designers around the world with opportunity to be creative, make money, build their portfolios and work with startups and brands on the other side of the world.  By providing access to 500,000 designers, DesignCrowd is also providing a better way for businesses to outsource design and get high quality creative work done in a faster and more affordable way,” said Lynch. The latest milestone is indicative of a changing world economy, with the rise in ‘on-demand’ services, resulting in explosive growth for the company. Increasingly workers are opting for the flexibility and large customer pools offered by freelance work, with the ABS stating that over 1 million independent freelancers currently operate in Australia.  The DesignCrowd community reflects the diversity of the freelance industry, and includes everyone from casual freelancers to frequent users, earning significant sums. Notable designers include PB, from the UK, with A$977,221 in earnings; jaime.sp, from the US, with A$105,196 in earnings; and Bluejet, from Australia, with A$77,000 in earnings, to date. “I use DesignCrowd because it gives me choice,” said Bluejet. “With a young family, the platform gives me the flexibility to decide my own schedule and workload and, as opposed to working in agency, I get to choose briefs that suit my talents. Design, like all business, is evolving to become more global. Resisting that is like insisting the earth is flat.” To date, more than 9 million designs have been submitted to contests through the site, answering briefs from international clients including Virgin, Amnesty International, and Harvard Business School. DesignCrowd’s growth in Australia is reflected in its listing in Deloitte’s 2015 Tech Fast 50, for the second year in a row. However, these trends are not limited to Australia, with the company experiencing strong growth worldwide. Key regions include: the UK (20%), US (19%), EU (18%), and Asia (4%). "DesignCrowd's mission is to provide talented designers with opportunities to be creative and earn money regardless of their location or language,” said Lynch. “To help half a million designers in 124 countries earn money is a fantastic achievement and highlights how crowdsourcing services like DesignCrowd are an increasingly popular way for designers around the world to find work - providing them with meaningful income, flexibility and opportunity,” said Lynch.These figures indicate that DesignCrowd is well on its way to reaching its next goal of 1 million designers and $100 million in marketplace revenues. In the coming year, DesignCrowd, and its crowdsourcing model, will reach new countries, new markets and new designers around the world, providing customers with access to a vast global community of creatives and designers. For more information visit DesignCrowd’s designer pages. About DesignCrowd: DesignCrowd is a crowdsourcing marketplace where graphic designers complete a range of jobs, like logo,website and business card design, for businesses around the world. DesignCrowd has a community of more than 500,000 people, spanning 124 countries. The average project cost is 50% less than an agency, and customers receive designs within hours with the choice of over 100 different designs. Since launching in 2008, DesignCrowd has raised more than $12 million in funding. In February last year the crowdsourcing marketplace took on $6 million in funding, from AirTree Ventures and Starfish Ventures. DesignCrowd is based in Surry Hills, and has offices in Manila, Philippines, and San Francisco, USA. DesignCrowd offers to redesign Uber's logo 2016-03-04T00:54:56Z designcrowd-offers-to-redesign-uber-s-logo Sydney, Australia, 10 February, 2015: You would have seen that Uber now has a new logo, that's inspired by 'the bit' and 'the atom. The logo bears very little resemblance to the brand and in short, it has left everyone confused. CEO Travis Kalanick personally helped to design the logo, with a less than positive reception. Noticing the backlash, DesignCrowd, one of the world’s largest creative design marketplaces where freelancers complete work, decided to run a contest. They asked their community to create a new logo for Uber, that would more clearly represent the brand and resonate with customers. DesignCrowd CEO and co-founder Alec Lynch had some advice to share on the rebrand: "Rebranding is not an easy thing to get right. For a high profile and well-liked brand like Uber, it can be even harder and a dramatic change can be risky. Many of the world’s largest brands get criticised when they rebrand. Sometimes criticism of a rebrand is unfair. However, in this case, I think Uber have got it wrong. "While Uber's new logo, app icons and rebrand might have meaning internally, externally the change hasn't been received well. Uber's rebrand has attracted a lot of criticism from the public, designers and the press with comments ranging from it is 'confusing' to it looks like 'pac-man'. I think the level of criticism reflects two things: one - how much people love and care about the Uber brand; and two - how wide of the mark the rebrand is. "It's such a shame because Uber is an amazing brand and company. Furthermore, there would be millions of designers around the world that would've loved to have worked on such an iconic brand. If the reports are true, it's also a shame that Uber decided to do the rebrand internally. Maybe this is where it all went wrong. "Either way, as a bit of fun, our website DesignCrowd is crowdsourcing new ideas for Uber by running a contest and offering $1000 to designers from around the world. We received 165 entries from our 500,000 designers in the first 24 hours and we think we've received at least a dozen ideas that are better than Uber's new logo and icons. "We'd be happy to donate a new logo to Uber if they want it. "In the meantime, I will continue using Uber. I just won't update the app so I can keep the old app icon." You can find all the contest designs, and download and publish any you like, here. Please credit DesignCrowd.com.au. About DesignCrowd: DesignCrowd is a crowdsourcing marketplace where graphic designers complete a range of jobs, like logo, website and business card design, for businesses around the world. DesignCrowd has a community of more than 500,000 people, spanning 124 countries. The average project cost is 50% less than an agency, and customers receive designs within hours with the choice of over 100 different designs. Since launching in 2008, DesignCrowd has raised more than $12 million in funding. In February last year the crowdsourcing marketplace took on $6 million in funding, from AirTree Ventures and Starfish Ventures. DesignCrowd is based in Surry Hills, and has offices in Manila, Philippines, and San Francisco, USA. DesignCrowd hits $30M in projects 2015-10-16T01:07:46Z designcrowd-hits-30m-in-projects Sydney, Australia 16 October, 2015 : Crowdsourcing marketplace DesignCrowd has today hit $30 million in projects through its design platform. The milestone reflects the continued growth for the Sydney based company which has expanded internationally in the last 12 months after securing $6 million in Series B capital raising earlier this year. “Hitting $30 million is an exciting milestone for DesignCrowd and reflects the strong growth we’ve continued to experience. We’re now approaching $20 million in annual revenue and our designer base has grown 120% in the last year. Our top designer has earned almost $1 million on the platform,” said Alec Lynch, Founder and CEO of DesignCrowd. Lynch said the company’s $6m Series B from AirTree Ventures and Starfish Ventures earlier this year had helped propel its international expansion and allowed for greater investment in its product. “The capital we raised earlier this year has allowed us to pour more fuel on the fire. We’ve grown our team to 47 people across three countries including the US and the Philippines and we continue to scale our business outside of Australia. We’ve doubled our engineering team and added design categories in the last 12 months, which are now bringing in more than 10% of our revenues.” DesignCrowd’s main growth in 2015 has been in the US, now constituting 50% of revenues. Europe is not far behind with a year on year growth of 40% in Switzerland, 35% in Germany, 22% in the Netherlands and 20% in the UK. The online service disrupts the global design industry estimated to be worth $54 billion globally by providing customers with access to a vast global community of almost 500,000 creatives and designers through crowdsourcing. About DesignCrowd: DesignCrowd is a crowdsourcing marketplace where graphic designers complete a range of jobs, like logo, website and business card design, for businesses around the world. DesignCrowd has a community of almost 500,000 people, spanning 165 countries. The average project cost is 50% less than an agency, and customers receive designs within hours with the choice of over 100 different designs. Since launching in 2008, DesignCrowd has raised more than $12 million in funding. In February this year the crowdsourcing marketplace took on $6 million in funding, from AirTree Ventures and Starfish Ventures. DesignCrowd is based in Surry Hills, and has offices in Manila, Philippines, and San Francisco, USA. Crowdsourcing Startup DesignCrowd Hits 100,000 Designers; Doubles in Size 2013-03-04T02:34:52Z crowdsourcing-startup-designcrowd-hits-100-000-designers-doubles-in-size Online graphic design marketplace, DesignCrowd, now has over 100,000 designers and the business has doubled in size in the last year.The startup revealed some interesting figures that show crowdsourcing continues to disrupt and is showing no signs of slowing down: Designer demand for crowdsourcing has doubled in the last 12 months - with registered designers now at 100,000 on DesignCrowd. Small business demand for crowdsourcing has doubled since late 2012 and is booming in early 2013 - DesignCrowd has seen more than 50% growth in posted projects already in 2013.The top designer countries by volume are the USA, India, UK, and Australia with Indonesia, the Philippines, and Pakistan the top emerging countries. Top countries that crowdsource are the USA, Australia, and the UK, with strong growth in 2013 in the US and Brazil, Singapore and Germany.The top 3 design types requested by volume are logo design, web design and graphic design. The fastest growth is in app design (driven by the iOS and Android boom), Facebook page design (now with 1 billion users, the best way for brands to connect with consumers), and book cover design (driven by the rise in eBook publishing).DesignCrowd has pioneered a new model of crowdsourcing, building a fairer, transparent model for project creators and designers. It has paid over $1M in participation payments to designers who did not win contests, and launched BrandCrowd, a premium logo marketplace where designers can monetize unused designs. DesignCrowd's marketplace enables small businesses to crowdsource graphic design projects from a global designer community of over 100,000, or exclusively from local designers. The online service is disrupting the traditional design industry (valued at between $50B - $200B globally) by offering clients immediate access to 100,000 freelance designers, more than the number of designers in London (40,000) and New York (16,000) combined. DesignCrowd's CEO and founder, Alec Lynch said, “It's now possible for a small business to access 100,000 designers online.  This is one of the reasons crowdsourcing is disrupting the traditional design industry.  We now have twice as many designers on DesignCrowd than the whole of the United Kingdom.” “This is one of the reasons we're seeing tremendous growth in demand for our services from both small business and bigger brands.  We've seen a boom in demand from small business in 2013.” “There has never been a better time for startups, small businesses, and established brands to crowdsource their design needs and ideas," said Lynch. In addition to a boom in small business demand, a number of big brands have now crowdsourced on DesignCrowd - including Virgin, Showtime, Amnesty, Harvard used DesignCrowd - in the past year.  Recently, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's 2013 election t-shirt design was created by a designer from the site.  The huge 100,000 designer milestone follows a string of successes for DesignCrowd: In October 2012, DesignCrowd brought its marketplace to Asia to target the large number of small businesses and designers in the region, launching local services in India, Singapore and the Philippines. By January 2013, DesignCrowd had opened eight crowdsourcing marketplaces including the USA, Australia, UK, Canada, New Zealand. In December 2011, DesignCrowd acquired BrandStack.com and integrated it into the marketplace as BrandCrowd.com.In 2011 DesignCrowd received $3M investment from Starfish Ventures. Kevin Rudd Crowdsources T-Shirt Design Online 2012-12-19T08:27:43Z melbourne-based-designer-wins-kevin-rudd-t-shirt-contest A Melbourne-based designer has created the winning design for Kevin Rudd's official 2013 t-shirt, after entering a contest hosted by Australian design crowdsourcing site DesignCrowd.Mr Rudd recently announced that the winner of this official 2013 election t-shirt design contest is Australian DesignCrowd designer, Shane Marchewka, who designs on DesignCrowd under the pseudonym Studio 71.Marchewka submitted six designs and the winning t-shirt design selected by Mr Rudd features the slogan, "It's Our Ruddy Future".Mr Rudd said, "Shane is a great guy who is putting in the effort to start his own small business. He had a range of great ideas and really embraced the spirit of the competition. I wish Shane and Studio71 all the best for taking his business to the next step. I was overwhelmed by the quantity and quality of entries, so thanks a million to DesignCrowd and Australia's talented design community."DesignCrowd.com.au is an online marketplace that helps businessess outsource or 'crowdsource' design projects to a global designer community of over 95,000 designers. The site ran a $1,000 t-shirt design contest in October to help Mr Rudd crowdsource more t-shirt design ideas. The DesignCrowd contest received 405 designs from 118 Australian and international designers.Marchewka discovered the contest on the DesignCrowd site, which he checks daily for design briefs. "I registered with DesignCrowd earlier in the year as a way to boost my exposure as a freelance designer. I am stoked enough to say I have a former Prime Minister as a client, however, the $1,000 prize money is like a cherry on top of a very sweet cake!" he said.Marchewka's winning design can be viewed here: http://www.designcrowd.com.au/design/1150042/tshirt-design-by-studio71DesignCrowd Chief Operating Officer, Chris McNamara, suggests that we can expect to see crowdsourcing used more often by prominent companies and individuals like Mr Rudd. "Big brands are becoming aware of the power of crowdsourcing to tap creativity from around the world. This year we've crowdsourced t-shirt designs for Virgin and Dexter (Showtime) in the US and now Kevin Rudd. We can't wait to see what 2013 has in store," McNamara said.The success of the $1,000 Kevin Rudd t-shirt design contest follows a year of big brand crowdsourcing contests including a $10,000 logo design contest for TimesSquare.com. Other recent milestones include DesignCrowd's expansion its into Asia in October, launching local versions of its design crowdsourcing services in Singapore, the Philippines and India. DesignCrowd Launches Canadian Crowdsourcing Service 2012-06-11T12:07:45Z designcrowd-launches-canadian-crowdsourcing-service DesignCrowd, a crowdsourcing company based in Australia that specialises in helping businesses outsource or ‘crowdsource’ design projects, is pleased to announce the launch of DesignCrowd.ca – a new crowdsourcing website for Canadian businesses and designers. DesignCrowd’s Canada launch is part of its global expansion and comes three months after its launch in the UK (where it was named WIRED Magazine’s UK ‘Startup of the Week’) and shortly after it received $3M of investment from Australian venture capital firm Starfish Ventures in late 2011. DesignCrowd.ca will offer both international and local crowdsourcing - a feature that allows Canadian businesses to crowdsource designs from Canadian designers. The DesignCrowd.ca service will also allow Canadian businesses to access over 75,000 designers from Canada and around the world and 24 hour support to Canadian businesses during the week. Alec Lynch, the Australian CEO and Founder of DesignCrowd, said “Canada has over 1 million small businesses and we estimate they spend over $1B on design services every year, but most of this is with traditional design firms who are slow, expensive and risky to use. DesignCrowd.ca offers an alternative and addresses the problems with the traditional design industry by offering crowdsourcing – a process which is faster, cheaper and more creative. Crowdsourcing is already disrupting the US and Australian design industries, and we think it has the same potential in Canada where we hope to pioneer local crowdsourcing via DesignCrowd.ca.” Canadian designers and business owners have already been using DesignCrowd despite DesignCrowd’s head office being based in Sydney, Australia. Over 1500 designers from Canada have registered on the site with two Canadian designers featuring in DesignCrowd’s ‘Top 10’. Last month, Canadian entrepreneur Lorenzo Tartamella, launched a $10,000 logo contest on DesignCrowd to find a logo for his website TimesSquare.com. The design contest has received over 1,800 submissions since its launch. Tartmella said, “For our business, we wanted a more creative approach to logo design compared to that offered by a traditional design agency. I chose DesignCrowd because I wanted an easy launch process, more design ideas, and a contest platform with global reach. Now, I don’t have to worry about getting one idea, I am expecting thousands of ideas from designers all over the world!” Elisha Leo, a top ranked Canadian designer on DesignCrowd who has already earned $30,000 from the site says, “I travel frequently from Toronto to Indonesia, so it’s not possible to have a permanent job or local clients that require face to face meetings, design follow-ups and print handling. DesignCrowd has helped me to mobilize my work and enables me to travel anywhere I want.” According to Lynch, “DesignCrowd.ca provides a great opportunity for Canadian designers to earn money, build their portfolios and find clients from around the world. Canadian designers looking for new projects can register with the platform and immediately access hundreds of design jobs launched each day on DesignCrowd”, he said. TimesSquare.com crowdsources $10,000 logo on DesignCrowd 2012-05-18T08:17:31Z timessquare-com-crowdsources-10-000-logo-on-designcrowd TimesSquare.com - an online events portal for some of the 39 million annual visitors to the iconic entertainment precinct on Manhattan Island – has launched a $10,000 TimesSquare.com Logo Contest on DesignCrowd.com, a leading creative ‘crowdsourcing’ marketplace that specialises in design contests. Lorenzo Tartamella, founder of TimesSquare.com said, “We needed to find a more creative approach to procuring a new logo design. I wanted the process to be easy, the designs ideas to be more creative and the design talent to be global so I chose DesignCrowd to launch my contest. Now, I don’t have to worry about getting one idea, instead I am expecting thousands of ideas from designers all over the world!” DesignCrowd is an online marketplace that specialises in helping businesses outsource or ‘crowdsource’ design projects to a network of freelance designers from around the world. More than 50,000 designers participate in thousands of design contests launched on the company’s platform each year. Alec Lynch, CEO of DesignCrowd said, “The TimesSquare.com logo contest is an amazing opportunity for designers from around the world. The budget of $10,000 means this is one of the largest logo contests ever run on a crowdsourcing website. The client has already received hundreds of designs and is building the TimesSquare.com brand at the same time.” Following the launch of the contest, designers from 159 countries have already submitted more than 700 designs and it is expected that this number will increase to thousands as the contest deadline approaches. The contest and entries can be viewed here:http://www.designcrowd.com/timessquare-logo-contest The winning logo will be unveiled in Times Square on December 12, 2012 (“12-12-12”) followed by a book launch featuring a selection of the entries from the contest. For participating designers whose design is not selected, DesignCrowd’s sister marketplace, BrandCrowd.com, offers a way to monetise their unused designs by uploading the designs for sale. Designers have until July 7 to submit designs. Submitted logo designs will be eligible for the following prizes: 1st Prize $5,0002nd Prize $1,0003rd Facebook 'Like' Prize $5004th Prize $3005th Prize $200Top 60 Participation Payments of $50 For more information visit about the contest visit http://www.designcrowd.com/timessquare-logo-contest. DesignCrowd Launches UK Crowdsourcing Service 2012-02-16T01:23:47Z designcrowd-launches-uk-crowdsourcing-service DesignCrowd has today announced the UK launch of its crowdsourcing service – DesignCrowd.co.uk. The new website will allow UK businesses to outsource 'crowdsource' logo, website or graphic design projects to DesignCrowd's 60,000 designers from around the world as well as a new (first of its kind) UK crowdsourcing service. The UK-only service enables businesses to crowdsourcing graphic design services exclusively from UK designers. The UK-only service will allow UK businesses to engage local design talent in the same time zone, supporting the local design industry and combining the benefits of crowdsourcing with the benefits of using local providers. The new website will also offer the option to transact in pound sterling, 24-hour customer service for UK businesses on business days, and a directory of UK designers, important features for small business owners who are heavy users of the platform. DesignCrowd has launched the service to help local UK businesses save money, help UK designers find work and to meet the UKs growing demand for crowdsourcing. Alec Lynch, CEO of DesignCrowd, said, “We've decided to launch in the UK because the UK market is ripe for crowdsourcing. We can see the UK economy struggling and we know crowdsourcing can save businesses money and help people find work. UK businesses are crying out for crowdsourcing - almost 10,000 UK businesses and designers use our existing Australian service, so we wanted to build something to target this demand. We also predict that the London Olympics will stimulate economic activity and see many new businesses launch so we wanted to capitalise on this.” DesignCrowd already counts some high profile UK businesses amongst its clients including HI-TEC and SwapMyCityPad.com. HI-TEC used DesignCrowd to crowdsource icon designs for its shoes and paid 500 for 67 designs. Duncan Patmore, the Global Product and Marketing Director at HI-TEC, said “By using DesignCrowd we have saved at least 50%comparedto the costs of our normalcreativeagencies. Crowdsourcing is a brilliant way to pick the creative brains of a global design team and home in on a solution that is right for you." Prominent London based startup SwapMyCityPad.com crowdsourced its logo via DesignCrowd and received 33 logos for 150. Zoe Zine, the founder of Swap My City Pad, said "Using DesignCrowdto design my logo was the best move I have made during the start up of my new business. All thedesigns submitted were of an incredibly high standard. DesignCrowd provides an excellent service. Itwas well worth every penny!” To mark the launch of the UK crowdsourcing service, DesignCrowd, will offer UK customers 100% discount on posting fees on any logo, website or graphic design project posted to the UK website before March 31st, 2012. The free posting discount is valid for all design categories, giving UK customers an incentive to post multiple projects for any type of design to the website. The launch of the UK service follows a busy 3-month period which has included senior appointments to the DesignCrowd board, the launch of the Australian crowdsourcing service, a $3M capital raising from Starfish Ventures, the acquisition of US business Brandstack and the launch of BrandCrowd.com. ENDS Contact Alec Lynch, CEO , DesignCrowd // BrandCrowd Ph: +61 412 370 537 Email: Alec.Lynch@designcrowd.com About DesignCrowd Launched in January 2008, DesignCrowd is a leading online graphic design service marketplace for design contest, logo contest and graphic design outsourcing services. The platform enables buyers to post a logo, website, print or graphic design project on the DesignCrowd network and select their favourite design of hundreds received from designers around the world. Watch DesignCrowd's "How It Works video. DesignCrowds multi-million dollar business spans 159 countries and 60,000 designers and is headquartered in Sydney. In 2011, DesignCrowd received a $3M of investment from Starfish Ventures. About BrandCrowd BrandCrowd (formerly Brandstack) was launched in April 2008 and is the world's largest marketplace for ready-made brands and logo designs. BrandCrowd helps logo designers monetize their unused logo designs, brands and domains. BrandCrowd is owned by DesignCrowd. DesignCrowd Launches 100% Australian Crowdsourcing Service 2012-01-31T07:44:20Z designcrowd-launches-100-australian-crowdsourcing-service International crowdsourcing marketplace DesignCrowd – who previously specialised in helping businesses outsource or ‘crowdsource’ to designers around the world – has launched a new Australian-only specific crowdsourcing service. The new website – DesignCrowd.com.au – will allow Australian businesses to crowdsource designs exclusively from Aussie designers.This innovation is unique among existing creative crowdsourcing services and offers Australian businesses the opportunity to only engage local design talent, supporting the local industry and combining the benefits of crowdsourcing with the benefits of local designers. The new website which was launched in response to customer demand to limit projects to their favourite Australian designers will also offer Australian currency, local customer service and favourite a directory of top Australian designers – important features for small business owners who are heavy users o the platform. It’s estimated that the local design industry is worth at least $4B annually. Australian design agencies employ 11,000 designers full-time while DesignCrowd already has 60,000 designers registered on its site. The company hopes to recruit more local design talent to its ranks and is offering local design agencies a white-labelled crowdsourcing platform. DesignCrowd CEO Alec Lynch said, “Australians have been early adopters and heavy users of crowdsourcing but they also like to support local industry. Our new service will let Aussie businesses combine the benefit of crowdsourcing with the talent of the Australian design community. Clients in Sydney will be able to post a project on DesignCrowd and get 50-plus designs from designers in Melbourne to Mackay.If they want to they can also get designs from designers in places like Mumbai and Miami." DesignCrowd’s new Australian-focused service further enhances Australia’s reputation as a leader in crowdsourcing. Ross Dawson, author of Getting Results From Crowds said, “Crowdsourcing will be central to Australia’s future. The growth of Australian as a global crowdsourcing hub demonstrates that we see the opportunity and are actively engaged in the reality of a world of connected work. It is exciting to see innovations such as DesignCrowd’s expand opportunities for Australian businesses and put Australia on the forefront of the global crowdsourcing landscape.” The launch of the Australian service coincides with the appointment of Anthony Glenning, pioneer of Google Drawings (part of the Google Docs suite) to the DesignCrowd board and follows a busy 3-month period, which has included $3M investment from Starfish Ventures, the acquisition of US business Brandstack and the launch of BrandCrowd.com. Contact: Alec Lynch, +61-412-370-537, Alec.Lynch@designcrowd.comAbout DesignCrowdLaunched in January 2008, DesignCrowd is a leading online graphic design marketplacefor design contest, logo contest and graphic design outsourcing services. The platform enables buyers to post a logo, website, print or graphic design project on the DesignCrowd network and select their favourite design of hundreds received from designers around the world. Learn more about DesignCrowd's crowdsourcing 2.0 model. DesignCrowd's multi-million dollar business spans 159 countries and 60,000 designers and is headquartered in Sydney. In 2011, DesignCrowd received a $3M of investment from Starfish Ventures. About BrandCrowd BrandCrowd (formerly Brandstack) was launched in 2008 and is the world's largest marketplacefor ready-made brands and logo designs. BrandCrowd helps logo designers monetize their unused logo designs, brands and domains. BrandCrowd is owned by DesignCrowd. Google Drawings pioneer Anthony Glenning joins DesignCrowd board 2012-01-31T07:40:45Z google-drawings-pioneer-anthony-glenning-joins-designcrowd-board DesignCrowd (www.designcrowd.com.au) – an online 'crowdsourcing' marketplace that launched in Australia today – is pleased to announce the appointment of Anthony Glenning (who sold his business, Tonic Systems, to Google in 2007) from Starfish Ventures to the DesignCrowd board, and Christopher McNamara (a recent graduate of Stanford Business School) to the position of Chief Operating Officer. The appointment of Glenning and McNamara coincides with the launch of DesignCrowd's Australian crowdsourcing service and follows shortly after its acquisition ofUS business rival(Brandstack)in December.Both Glenning and McNamara attained post-graduate degrees at Stanford University. Glenning graduated from the Electrical Engineering Faculty in 1992 and McNamara completed his MBA from the Graduate School of Business in 2009. Prior to joining Starfish Ventures, Glenning lived and worked in Silicon Valley for 14 years. In 1999 Glenning founded Tonic Systems, a company that was ultimately acquired by Google in 2007. He spent the next two years in the Google Docs team before returning home in 2007 and joining Starfish Ventures in 2010. “I'm really excited to be joining the board of DesignCrowd and about the opportunities ahead for the company. Crowdsourcing is a tremendous space and growing rapidly. DesignCrowd is applying this new paradigm to a huge market, connecting designers to companies from all over the world. Despite DesignCrowd's fast growth, the potential opportunity has barely been tapped,” said Glenning.McNamara who studied Bachelor of Commerce at the University of New South Wales and recently completed his MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business joins DesignCrowd as its new Chief Operating Officer. McNamara said, “Its a great time to be joining the business. Were really well placed to take advantage of the tremendous growth in demand for crowd-sourced services. Right now, I'm focused on building an international team which will help us reach more people than ever before.” DesignCrowd founder Alec Lynch said, “As an Australian business trying to grow in the US, it's fantastic to have Aussies with experience in Silicon Valley, returning home and joining our business. Australians talk a lot about a 'brain-drain' but this is a good example of a 'brain boomerang'.” The appointments of Anthony Glenning and Chris McNamara reflect DesignCrowd's appetite for fast- growth coupled with an international outlook. Lynch said, “We've just opened a new office in Surry Hills that's big enough for over 30 staff and we expect to hire our first US employees in the coming months.”ContactChris McNamara,+61-402-945-323chris.mcnamara@designcrowd.com About DesignCrowdLaunched in January 2008, DesignCrowd Pty Ltd is a leading crowdsourcing companythat operates a number of online crowdsourcing marketplaces including BrandCrowd.com, DesignCrowd.com, DesignCrowd.com.au and DesignCrowd.co.nz. The platforms enables buyers to post a design contest or alogo, website, print or graphic design project on the DesignCrowd network and select their favourite design of hundreds received from designers around the world. DesignCrowd's business includes users in 159 countries including over 50,000 designers. In 2011, DesignCrowd received a $3M of investment from Starfish Ventures. About BrandCrowd BrandCrowd (formerly Brandstack) was launched in April 2008 and is the world's largest marketplace for ready-made brands and logo designs. BrandCrowd helps logo designers monetize their unused logo designs, brands and domains. BrandCrowd is owned by DesignCrowd. About Starfish Ventures Established in 2001, Starfish Ventures is an Australian owned venture capital fund manager seeking superior returns through active investment in innovative technology companies. Starfish Ventures has over $385 million in funds under management and has made investments in over 40 companies to date. Starfish Ventures seeks investments in emerging Australian businesses across all technologies sectors including information and communications technology, biotechnology and life sciences, industrial technology, and cleantech. For more information go to www.starfishvc.com DesignCrowd // BrandCrowd Contact Chris McNamara,chris.mcnamara@designcrowd.comPh: +61-402-945-323 Starfish Ventures Contact Katya Baxter, Katya@starfishvc.com Communications Manager,Starfish Ventures Ph: +61-3-9654-2121 or +61 438-123-356