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May 20, 2010

Mechanical Turk for do-gooders raises over $1M

The Extraordinaries a couple of weeks ago completed a second round of funding and now has over $1M in venture money to build their business on. The backers include Mitch Kapor and Esther Dyson.

The site is like Amazon’s Mechanical Turk: you can sign up to do some fairly mechanical task that some organization has advertised. Unlike the Turk, though, you don’t get paid, because you’re doing it for a non-profit like the Library of Congress or Smithsonian.

The Extraordinaries only takes non-profits as their clients, but it does charge them. (Or it will charge them in the future. I’m not sure of the current status.) If that makes the service sustainable, then why not?

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