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TopCoder Featured in New Book 'Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd is Driving the Future of Business'
Wired magazine's Jeff Howe describes the process by which the power of the many can be leveraged to accomplish feats that were once the province of the specialized few
By: PR Newswire
Sep. 3, 2008 11:00 AM
In the section Community at Work, Howe follows the growth of TopCoder from its beginnings as a niche online destination for a small handful of competitive programmers to the full-fledged software factory and global community of 167,000 developers and creative technologists it is today.
From the book:
Hughes and company could have been following the crowdsourcing playbook, except of course that no such thing existed. In 2003 TopCoder was basically sui generis, employing a model that Hughes would come to call "competitive collaboration". "There was no crowdsourcing. No wisdom of crowds. "We weren't applying theory," says Hughes. "We were a science experiment!"
"We are very pleased to be included as an example of how crowdsourcing can
work in a commercial environment," said
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About TopCoder, Inc.
TopCoder is the world's largest competitive software development community with more than 167,000 developers representing over 200 countries. TopCoder hosts the largest and most comprehensive developer ratings and performance metrics available. The TopCoder community builds software for a wide-ranging client base through a competitive, rigorous, standards based methodology. This methodology results in a highly consistent set of software components allowing a software-as-parts approach to application development. TopCoder makes this large library of software components built through competition available to all of our clients. Utilizing a world-wide member base and this library, TopCoder seeks to lower the cost of software development while increasing both the speed at which applications can be developed and the quality of the ultimate application. For more information about sponsoring TopCoder events, recruiting TopCoder members and utilizing TopCoder's software services, visit http://www.topcoder.com/.
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