CloudFactory is a new startup that is trying to make it easier for smaller software companies to outsource work. The company aims to create an assembly line of workers in impoverished countries who will complete mundane tasks, such as data entry and content editing.
Outsourcing is something no business wants to publicly be a part of, but in the software field it's a necessity. Entering content and data takes time, which costs money. CloudFactory lets companies outsource such work, with results being completed rapidly, thanks to the startup's global workforce that can work 24 hours a day on a single project. Businesses using the service can post a one-time job, or an ongoing project, and a worker's performance can be tracked using analytics.
CloudFactory may sound like it's rife for exploitation, but the startup was actually founded by Mark Sears, an entrepreneur currently living and working in Nepal. The service aims to help workers from developing countries receive job training and a decent living wage. The company is also donating 10 percent of all of its profits to Nepalese charities.