Web firms reinvent the focus group

Businesses are taking brainstorming to a whole new level thanks to consulting firms such as Napkin Labs and Trada that link clients to thousands of people who can provide ideas and feedback on even the most vexing issues. The process relies on crowdsourcing, which distributes a task to a community of experts who are paid based on their contributions. The technique worked for Seth Haber, owner of Trek Light Gear, who used crowdsourcing to help expand his product line, this article reports.  New York Times (free registration), The


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