Last year we shifted Crowd Fusion's direction and this year it's paying off. Plan A for Crowd Fusion was to be a publisher. We were building a powerful vertical publishing platform, so who better to put it to use than us? That would have been a great plan if the ad economy hadn't collapsed as we launched our first site. So we moved to Plan B: seeing what other companies can do with our publishing platform. We announced our open source beta program at TechCrunch 50 last September (video) and signed our first customer in November. We've also showed off Crowd Fusion on stage in NYC at NYTM and in New Zealand.
Crowd Fusion is in great shape right now. We have more than 1000 people signed up for our beta program and have been able to activate and work with 150 of them. We're working on deployments for three big customers. Our Obsessable and Super Eco sites are humming along -- making great showcases for Crowd Fusion and great labs for testing new platform features.
So what are we doing next?
- Hiring developers
- Activating more beta program members
- Signing up more customers
Really we need to hire more developers before we can activate more beta program members and take on more customers, so hiring developers is our number one priority. I'm reaching out to everyone I know to see if we can't get a bunch of highly-qualified developers in touch with my CTO/partner Craig.
We posted the following job description (which has since expired) to Cameron Moll's great job board Authentic Jobs. Where else should we be looking?
Type: We try everyone out as freelancers first, but long term we need full-timers.
Crowd Fusion is an exciting virtual company, made up of people who love what they do; we rely heavily on strong communication skills and interactive tools like Basecamp, Campfire and email. Contractor needs to be able to commit to 10-20 hours per week and be available at least half of those hours to collaborate with the Crowd Fusion development team. Ideally available 2-3 days a week 4+ hours a day during EST work hours.
The core framework of Crowd Fusion as well as the CMS foundation are open source. Contact Craig Wood, Crowd Fusion CTO at craig [at] crowdfusion (dot) com, to be fast tracked into the beta program. Send examples of your work, hourly contracting rate and resume to Craig Wood for consideration of the contracting position.