Donal Reddington on mass customization, crowdsourcing and digital manufacturing

Archive for August, 2007

CreateSpace by Amazon is big boost to self publishing

Friday, August 31st, 2007

CreateSpace, part of the, has recently announced a new online Books on Demand service. CreateSpace was originally founded as CustomFlix Labs, Inc. in 2002 and acquired by Inc. in 2005. Prior to launching the Books on Demand service, CreateSpace was already providing inventory-free, physical distribution of CDs and DVDs on Demand, and video [...]

Digital Reality

Friday, August 10th, 2007

The Make Magazine Blog recently carried a short post about a demo page depicting an ‘online digital manufacturing’ service on the site of 3D technology company Digital Reality. The copy on the page says that users can “create and sell custom toys, jewelry, motorcycle accessories, accurate fine scale modeling parts, promotional products, and millions of [...]

List of Crowdsourcing projects on Openeur

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

The Openeur website, which focuses on open innovation and entrepreneurship, has published a very comprehensive list of projects that use a crowdsourcing methodology, and also related agencies and platforms.  The post adopts a new label for the projects that use crowdsourcing to raise finance for things like managing rock bands or football clubs.  They call [...]

Fellowforce – An ‘Innovation Intermediary’

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

Mikko Ahonen, who runs the Beyond Creativity blog on open innovation, creativity and technology, has posted an interesting evaluation, of Fellowforce, a service that acts as an intermediary between companies and individual innovators or problem solvers. Fellowforce is a collaboration between Building Better Business, a Dutch organisation that promotes entrepreneurship and a related business called [...]

Assignment Zero – Crowdsourcing journalism

Saturday, August 4th, 2007

In recent months, technology magazine Wired in collaboration with NewAssignment.Net has embarked on unique project – to launch a reporting project that would focus on a particular trend or area of interest, and then open up its reporting process to outsiders, who would work with the Wired editorial staff to carry out interviews with key [...]

More tea? I had it specially blended!

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

An interesting idea recently covered by Springwise is custom blended teas. Blends For Friends is a British company that sells custom-blended teas, mainly ordered as gifts. The buyer is asked to provide some information about the chosen recipient, although only some basic details are obligatory. However, there are many more optional pieces of information that [...]

Zazzle in possible $30M funding round

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Zazzle, the online marketplace for personalized products, may be close to securing funding of $30M from a hedge fund investor. This was reported on Friday last on Techcrunch. No official statement has, as yet, been issued by Zazzle regarding any investment.  If true, it would continue a remarkable run of success for Zazzle in attracting [...]