Linked by David Adams on Tue 29th Sep 2009 14:53 UTC
In the News Forbes has an interesting article that attempts to push Crowdsourcing off its pedestal by pointing out that "crowds" don't actually invent or create anything; individuals do. What the crowdsourcing phenomenon does is put an opportunity in front of a large number of people, some of whom may be uniquely suited to solve a particular problem or achieve a particular goal. The article goes on to discuss Open Source Software, and points out that Open Source's success isn't because of crowds of anonymous people, but the largely the efforts of identifiable virtuosos.
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Crowds certainly get more credit than talented individuals when it comes to open source.

Democratic production has an egalitarian appeal but even in the open source world the most productive teams are hierarchies with strong individuals at the top.

It's also shocking as to how many open source projects have the majority of the commits from a few full-time individuals.

It takes all types though and a good team has a variety of talented individuals.

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