by Jenna Rosenstein
QUIRKY.COMI stumbled down a deep Internet rabbit hole this week when I discovered the website Quirky, a crowdsourcing site for inventors. I promise it's a lot more interesting than it sounds. On Quirky, you can invent, or simply offer your thoughts on, the next big things in beauty, lifestyle, and technology. Looking back, I now realize I've lost hours of my life dreaming up marketing slogans and setting prices for products that don't even exist…yet! Let me explain how it works:
Anyone can submit an invention idea, say, for a collapsible bike helmet. The Quirky team then reviews the ideas and meets once a month to vote on which products they want to produce. Once an idea gets approved, the crowdsourcing begins: taglines, slogans, prices, design ideas are all curated and voted on by Quirky members. And when the final design goes into production, the inventor and anyone who helped influence itget a small percentage of the gross sales.
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