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3.0 out of 5 stars Crowd sourcing and some challenges, 27 Feb. 2011
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This review is from: Crowdsourcing: How the Power of the Crowd is Driving the Future of Business (Paperback)
This is definitely a useful book for someone who knows nothing about Crowdsourcing. It pretty much touches all the variant forms of the concept with the author detailing his first-hand experience based on his interaction with a few proponents. Howe does it well to takes you a bit through the evolution of social media and the power of community and ends with his outlook to the future with some advises for those keen on establishing crowd sourced venture. These are definitely the good bits.

On the flip side, the fact that Crowd sourcing needs an online community (connected via internet) for the concept to be successful probably as a fundamental principle has not been stressed enough, in this book. A few simple searches on the web gives you plenty of failed ventures on equal magnitude to that of success stories for which there isn't enough focus and coverage. Perhaps it would have rendered more substance in highlighting the `don'ts' in the conclusion.

Lastly, protection of intellectual properties is a challenge in Crowd sourcing ventures, perhaps its biggest bane, not enough focus given in the book, or none at all.
Howe could improve the book by addressing the above.
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