Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Backed By Andreessen, Virtual Workforce MobileWorks Completes 1M Tasks For Startups In 1st Year
MobileWorks launched last summer with a simple, yet big mission: Build a viable alternative for Amazon Mechanical Turk and in so doing create a motivated, happy and accurate virtual workforce. To be the anti-Turk, the startup set out with a novel approach (and a social mission) -- to pay workers fair wages and create a collaborative online work environment in which microwork would become less anonymous, believing that this could lower the cost of obtaining quality results, allow them to pay fewer workers more and tap into the non-enterprise market. So far it seems to be working, as the company announced today that its workers have collectively completed one million commercial tasks since launch. What's more, companies have effectively outsourced five continuous years of work in the last year by hiring its cloud-based crowd, with this traction leading to seed investment from the likes of Andreessen Horowitz, Recruit Strategic Partners, Bee Partners, FirstLight Ventures, Hub Ventures, Y Combinator and SV Angel.