TopCoder’s crowdsourcing-based business model in which software is developed by online tournaments, is presented. The case highlights how TopCoder has a unique two-sided innovation platform, from a global community of over 225,000 developers who write software modules consisting of its more than 40 customers compete created. Contains details of a unique innovation platform where complex software is developed by running online competitions. By outlining the development of the company, the challenge … Read more »

TopCoder’s crowdsourcing-based business model in which software is developed by online tournaments, is presented. The case highlights how TopCoder has a unique two-sided innovation platform, from a global community of over 225,000 developers who write software modules consisting of its more than 40 customers compete created. Contains details of a unique innovation platform where complex software is developed by running online competitions. By outlining the development of the company, the challenges of building a community and refinement are presented a web-based platform competition. Help experiences and perspectives from TopCoder community members and customers, to show what it means to work from the inside or in collaboration with an online community. In this case the use of distributed innovation and its potential merits is discussed as a corporate problem-solving mechanism. Issues related to the TopCoder scalability, efficiency and growth are also explored.
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Karim R. Lakhani,
David A. Garvin,
Eric Lonstein
Source: Harvard Business School
20 pages.
Publication Date: Jan 15, 2010. Prod #: 610032-PDF-ENG
TopCoder (A): Developing Software through Crowdsourcing HBR case solution

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