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95 Clever Crowdsourced Business Models

From Crowd-Funded Startups to Crowdsourced Skit Scripts

— January 22, 2010 — Pop Culture
At Trend Hunter, we’re no stranger to awesome crowdsourced business models. With a community of 30,000+ strong that adds our database of over 60,000 microtrends, we know how effective it can be to leverage the knowledge and expertise of the masses.

These crowdsourced business models prove that this phenomenon can work across several industries—not just ours. From crowdsourced activism to consumer-powered charities, social awareness has certainly been kicked up a few notches courtesy of crowdsourcing. The ‘Honor Angus’ McDonald’s campaign demonstrates that even advertising can benefit from the wisdom of the crowds.

The best area for crowdsourcing business models to take hold, however, is in technology. Sites like WePC.com let users vote on ideas for computers that are actually implemented into the final product. As technophiles of all ages continue to consume the newest gadgets, their insights are a key catalyst to innovation in this area.

Check out the slideshow below for these and more crowdsourced business models. Which of these could you use to crank up your industry?

Editor’s note: In the interest of full disclosure, the post above was written as a part of a sponsored series courtesy of Asus and WePC. We hope you enjoy this post and encourage you to support our sponsors by participating in their promotions.
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Crowdsourced Corporate Layoffs
Crowdsourced Corporate Layoffs
Creative Agency Launches Internet Firing Squad
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Crowdsourced Custom Images
Crowdsourced Custom Images
customAdArt Lets Client Tell Photographers What to Shoot
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91
Crowdsourced Copy Editing
Crowdsourced Copy Editing
GooseGrade Lets You Correct Any Website in the World
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Crowdsourcing Airline Fees
Crowdsourcing Airline Fees
Ryanair Will Pay €1,000 for the Best New Fee
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89
Crowdsourced Wordsmiths
Crowdsourced Wordsmiths
Spudaroo Connects Businesses With Writers and Editors
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88
Crowdsourced Complaining
Crowdsourced Complaining
F*MyLife Gives Users a Digital Soapbox
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87
Crowdfunding Creative Projects
Crowdfunding Creative Projects
Kickstarter Helps Aspiring Da Vincis Meet Their Mini-Medicis
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86
Crowdsourcing Music Wikis
Crowdsourcing Music Wikis
Amazon Launches SoundUnwound.com
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85
Crowdsourced Operas
Crowdsourced Operas
Royal Opera House Solicits Tweets for Upcoming Twitter Opera
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84
Crowdsourcing for Businesses
Crowdsourcing for Businesses
Tune in to the James Surowiecki HP Input Output Webcast at 10 AM!
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83
Crowdsourced Search Engines
Crowdsourced Search Engines
Lavva Allows for Finding and Discussing Any Issue (REVIEW)
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82
Crowdsourced Twitter Cookbooks
Crowdsourced Twitter Cookbooks
Web-Savvy Cooks Turn to Twecipes When They're in a Rut
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81
Crowdsourced Cookbooks
Crowdsourced Cookbooks
Foodista Offers Recipes and Cooking Tips Through User Editing
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80
Crowdsourced Cinema
Crowdsourced Cinema
Netflix and Film Independent Team Up to Find Talent
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79
Chain Novels
Chain Novels
Random House and Borders Release ‘AirBorne,' A Crowd-Sourced Thriller
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78
Design Crowdsourcing
Design Crowdsourcing
Brandsupply Focuses Solely on Local Design Talent
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77
Crowdsourced Comedy
Crowdsourced Comedy
ChuckleDumper is a Hotbed of User-Submitted Humor
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76
Crowdsourcing Green Jobs
Crowdsourcing Green Jobs
Hyper-Local Websites Make it Easier to Find Eco-Friendly Service Pros
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75
Crowd-Funded Startups
Crowd-Funded Startups
Outvesting Helps Irish Companies Using a Grassroots Approach
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74
Crowdsourced Dictionaries
Crowdsourced Dictionaries
Germany's Duden Dictionary Lets You Add New Words
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73
Crowdsourced Pregnancy Decisions
Crowdsourced Pregnancy Decisions
Wiserpregnancy Helps Expectant Mothers Make Informed Choices
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Crowdsourced Constructive Criticism
Crowdsourced Constructive Criticism
Plaincraft Gives Jewelry Artisans Instant Design Feedback
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Crowdsourced PC Power
Crowdsourced PC Power
'World Community Grid' Uses Computer Downtime for Humanity
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70
Crowdsourcing Big-Name Beers
Crowdsourcing Big-Name Beers
Corporate Breweries Tap Beer Enthusiasts for New Recipes
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69
Crowdsourced HD Video
Crowdsourced HD Video
‘The Story Beyond the Still' Contest by Canon & Vimeo Looks for
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68
Crowdsourcing Local Commercials
Crowdsourcing Local Commercials
Businesses to Receive Free Rhettandlinkomercial (UPDATE)
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67
Crowdsourced City Collages
Crowdsourced City Collages
Collective Flickr Photos Render 3D City View
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66
Crowdsourcing Your Designs
Crowdsourcing Your Designs
Ponoko Lets You Submit Ideas and Others Make It For You
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65
Crowdsourced Careers
Crowdsourced Careers
Chen Xiao Performs Random Real-Life Tasks for Chinese Internet Users
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Crowdsourced Credit Crunch Advice
Crowdsourced Credit Crunch Advice
Google Tip Jar Lets You Submit and Rank Money Saving Ideas
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Crowd-Bought Breweries
Crowd-Bought Breweries
Buy a Beer Company Wants Fans to Own Pabst Brewing Co.
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YouTube Orchestras
YouTube Orchestras
Crowdsourced Musicians Perform at Carnegie (UPDATE)
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Crowdsourcing Greenovation
Crowdsourcing Greenovation
$20,000 Prize Offer to Create the Best 'Green Effect'
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Round-the-Clock Crowdsourcing
Round-the-Clock Crowdsourcing
Ideas Culture's 'Ideas While You Sleep' Puts Twitter Users to Work
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59
Crowdsourced Ride-Sharing
Crowdsourced Ride-Sharing
Avego iPhone App
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Crowdsourced Journalism
Crowdsourced Journalism
The News is NowPublic.com
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Crowdsourced Commercials
Crowdsourced Commercials
iFart Will Pay for the Person Who Can Toot Their Horn the Best
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Crowdsourced Home Shopping Sites
Crowdsourced Home Shopping Sites
Honeyshed
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Crowdsourced Car Replacements
Crowdsourced Car Replacements
Pre-Phillies Parade Fundraising
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54
Crowdsourced Home Makeovers
Crowdsourced Home Makeovers
Voting for Comcast Town Finalists Commences
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53
Crowdsourced Gardening
Crowdsourced Gardening
Landshare Lets Communities Grow Their Veggies Together
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52
Crowdsourced Captions
Crowdsourced Captions
Bestcaptionever.Com Lets You Pick & Rate Quotes for Hilarious Pics
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Crowdsourced Orchestras
Crowdsourced Orchestras
You Tube Symphony
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50
Yellow-Flavored Chocolate
Yellow-Flavored Chocolate
The New Zealand Yellow Pages Crowdsources Candy Bar Flavor
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Crowdsourced Sneakers
Crowdsourced Sneakers
'RYZ Wear' Makes YOU a Designer
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Crowdsourced R&D
Crowdsourced R&D
InnoCentive Poses Million Dollar Challenge
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Collaborative Crowdsourced Music Videos
Collaborative Crowdsourced Music Videos
Bjork's "The Dull Flame of Desire"
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Crowd Sourced Magazine Covers
Crowd Sourced Magazine Covers
Design a 'Dazed' Cover Competition
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Crowdsourced Online Lookbooks
Crowdsourced Online Lookbooks
Fashionair Lets Editors & Fashionistas Curate Pret-a-Porter Looks
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Crowdsourced Wedding Photos
Crowdsourced Wedding Photos
Olapic Gathers Photos from Your Wedding Guests
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Crowdsourcing Love Partners
Crowdsourcing Love Partners
YumBunny Lets Others Vote Who You'd Look Hot With
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Crowd-Powered Consumerism
Crowd-Powered Consumerism
JustBought.It Combines Twitter, Google Maps & TwitPic
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Crowdsourced Space Classification
Crowdsourced Space Classification
'Galaxy Zoo' Lets You Help Astronomers Classify Stars
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Crowdsourced Album Art
Crowdsourced Album Art
Rainboliatric Invites Artists the World Over to Illustrate 'Propeller'
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Crowdsourced Coffee Prices
Crowdsourced Coffee Prices
Java Street Cafe Lets Customers Pay What They Think is Fair
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Crowdsourced Car Acquisitions
Crowdsourced Car Acquisitions
'Mythbusters' Adam Savage Seeks Old Rides on Twitter
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Crowd Gaming
Crowd Gaming
'NewsBreaker Live' Gives You Something To Do Before Movies Starts
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36
Crowdsourced Fashion Sites
Crowdsourced Fashion Sites
Lookbook.nu Makes Dressing Smart Simple
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Crowdsourced Club Music
Crowdsourced Club Music
The Tony Player
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Crowdfunded Animal Rescue
Crowdfunded Animal Rescue
Consumer Dollars and Visitor Clicks Support Worthy Causes
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Crowdsourced Journalism
Crowdsourced Journalism
Assignment Zero: an Experiment in Pro-Am Journalism
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Sacrificial Junk Food Ads
Sacrificial Junk Food Ads
Doritos 'Tribe' Commercial is Crowdsourced Snacktastic Genius (UPDATE)
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Crowdsourced Fashionocracies
Crowdsourced Fashionocracies
Beta Fashion Creates Collections Entirely from Customer Input
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Crowdsourced Skit Scripts
Crowdsourced Skit Scripts
Southwest Airlines Solicits Tweets From Passengers for a Twit-Com
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Crowdsourcing Company Recipes
Crowdsourcing Company Recipes
Campbell's Lets You Make Suggestions
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Crowd-Sourced Graffiti
Crowd-Sourced Graffiti
Cape Town Election Street Art Spurs Activism Through Stencils
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Crowdsourcing Home Decor
Crowdsourcing Home Decor
Bon Bon Kakku
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Crowdsourced Logo Art
Crowdsourced Logo Art
10 Artists Use the Shft Brand Hand in Graphic Posters
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Crowdsourced City Designs
Crowdsourced City Designs
Nicolas Sarkozy Picks Architects' Brains on Future Paris Cityscape
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Crowd Sourced Tattoo Shirts
Crowd Sourced Tattoo Shirts
Metal Ink
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Crowdsourced Restaurants
Crowdsourced Restaurants
The Instructables Restaurant
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Crowdsourced Hairstyle Look Books
Crowdsourced Hairstyle Look Books
MopShot Lets You Upload and View Great Haircuts
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Crowdsourced Jewelry Creation
Crowdsourced Jewelry Creation
Swarovski Hosts Online Design Competition
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Crowdsourced Packaging Competitions
Crowdsourced Packaging Competitions
1800 Tequila's Design Your Bottle (UPDATE)
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Crowdsourced News Photography
Crowdsourced News Photography
New York Times Readers Picture The Recession in Photos
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Crowdsourced Products
Crowdsourced Products
The Release1.0 Design Competition for Museum Shops
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Crowd-Designed Greeting Cards
Crowd-Designed Greeting Cards
Cardsink Cards are Created by its Customers
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Crowdsourced Cougar Contests
Crowdsourced Cougar Contests
TMZ Cougar Contest Yields a Pack of Prowling Panthers
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Crowdsourced Car Wraps
Crowdsourced Car Wraps
The Cool Hunter Wants Your Mini Cooper Design Submissions
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Crowdsourced Film Remakes
Crowdsourced Film Remakes
'Star Wars: Uncut' Lets Fans Recreate an Epic Movie
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Crowdsourced Wanderlust
Crowdsourced Wanderlust
Landscapes 2.0
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Crowdsourced Car Designs
Crowdsourced Car Designs
VW Outsources to Find Next Iconic Automobile
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Crowdsourcing Window Displays
Crowdsourcing Window Displays
Bloomies Asks Bloggers for Showcase Showdowns
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Crowd-Funded Appearances
Crowd-Funded Appearances
Facebook Group Wants to Get Jersey Shore Snooki to Toronto
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9
Money for Being Mean
Money for Being Mean
'People of Wal-Mart' Adds Cash Contest for Crowdsourced Photos (UPDATE)
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Crowd Sourced Catalogues
Crowd Sourced Catalogues
Dutch IKEA Kitchen Catalogues Created With Customer Photos
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Morbid Crowdsourced Competitions
Morbid Crowdsourced Competitions
Funeral Company Promotes Harley Hearse with Moniker Contest
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Crowd-Funded Eco-Inventions
Crowd-Funded Eco-Inventions
'321 Water Bottle' Designer Calls on Crowds to Fund Production
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Crowdsourced T-Shirts
Crowdsourced T-Shirts
Teepay Lets You Design and Sell Your Own Tees Online
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Crowdsourced McAdvertising
Crowdsourced McAdvertising
The McDonalds Honor Angus Campaign is Created by Customers
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3
Crowdsourcing Billboards
Crowdsourcing Billboards
American Apparel Wants You to Vote on Storefront Sign
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Crowdsourced Furniture Designs
Crowdsourced Furniture Designs
Champagne Cork Competition Yields Miniature Seating
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User-Fueled Clothes-Free TV
User-Fueled Clothes-Free TV
Crowdsourced Nude News Leaves Nothing to the Imagination
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