CloudCrowd, a startup that outsources labor to an online community of workers, has closed a $5.1 million first round of funding. Draper Fisher Jurvetson led the round, and CloudCrowd CEO and co-founder Alex Edelstein participated as well. The company plans to use the funding to focus on business development and to expand its Zen brand, which already includes EditZen and TranslationZen, editing and translation services respectively.
CloudCrowd currently has more than 35,000 workers who have completed more than 1.5 million tasks since the site launched in October 2009. The company breaks projects down into simple tasks, then matches the tasks with qualified workers, often through its Facebook app. Both businesses and consumers use the online platform, though the translation service, which charges users $19.95 to have a page translated within 24 hours, is used most often by businesses.
Clients include the University of Southern California, which has used the service to connect with alumni and former athletes, and San Francisco’s Lombardi Sports, which has outsourced the production of an online catalog. CloudCrowd also works with Fortune 500 companies in eCommerce and search. The company last raised $1 million in October 2009.