• CEO, TransparentBusiness
    TransparentBusiness SaaS platform was designated by Citigroup as the Top People Management Solution
  • International Entrepreneur
    Created the largest bank in Russia by age of 25 before defecting to the United States in 1992 and starting from scratch.

Crowdsourcing: Colectivo de talentos en busca de nuevos productos, servicios o soluciones

Sin duda que el Crowdsourcing se presenta como una herramienta enfocada a externalizar tareas o servicios a través del uso de comunidades masivas de profesionales, logrando conseguir en un periodo más corto de tiempo nuevas y mejores soluciones, viéndose reflejado en la disminución del esfuerzo por parte del cliente y de los proveedores. Tal servicio cada día tiene más adeptos y usuarios en el mundo corporativo. Alex Konaykhin, CEO de TransparentBusiness.com, manifiesta que gracias al Crowdsourcing cualquier usuario puede participar y ayudar a producir valor de manera colectiva. “Esto es especialmente interesante, ya que ayuda a optimizar el uso de recursos y a aprovechar el potencial de la comunidad online, para así impulsar el surgimiento de nuevos “Esto conlleva a meproyectos. Iniciativas cojorar la calidad y redu PUNTO mo idea.me, que ayudan cir los precios”. DE PARTIDA a los emprendimientos a Por otro lado Alex conseguir “financiamien - El portal más completo Konaykhin, define los to en masa”, son vitales. beneficios en una sola es crowdsourcing.org No sólo porque abren pofrase: “La unión hace la sibilidades económicas, fuerza”. Y agrega: “Un sino porque también improyecto ambicioso y de pulsan nuevas formas de colaboración alcance global probablemente no pueda y proyectos innovadores.” ser llevado a cabo por una sola persona, En cuanto a los beneficios que conpero sí por cientos o miles de individuos lleva la adopción del Crowdsourcing, que están distribuidos a lo largo de todo Sebastián Siseles, director para Amériel mundo y que colaboran de manera ca Latina de Freelancer.com, indica coordinada a través de la web.

El Crowque permite que en lugar de contratar dsourcing, entonces, beneficia la conseo subcontratar a una persona o grupo cución de proyectos innovadores, fun- para un determinado trabajo, se pueda damentalmente relacionados con el bien subcontratar a una multitud de persocomún, de una forma más eficiente, sennas o grupos, creando competencia y cilla y aprovechando al máximo recurmás ideas. sos disponibles que en muchos casos se están desperdiciando.” A la hora de destacar proyectos exitosos, Konaykhin cita dos, que son paradigmáticos a nivel mundial, ya que expresan de manera acabada la noción de aprovechar recursos disponibles provenientes de la comunidad online. El primero es ReCaptcha, sistema de identificación que pide a los navegantes que identifiquen dos palabras en un recuadro antes de registrarse en una página, modificar su usuario o realizar una descarga. El secreto está en que una de las palabras incluidas pertenece a un libro en proceso de digitalización, que sólo puede ser identificada correctamente por el ojo humano. De este modo, mientras los usuarios ingresan un ReCaptcha para indicar que no son una máquina, también están colaborando con una red global de digitalización de libros. Un caso similar es el de Duolingo, herramienta de “traducción social” en la cual los usuarios pueden aprender o practicar un idioma de manera gratuita a cambio de ayudar en la traducción de textos a otras lenguas. Por otro lado, Sebastián Siseles, destaca Fold.it, que es un proyecto que trata de curar enfermedades como el sida a través de juegos. También el ejecutivo destaca Galaxyzoo.org, el cual ofrece una vía para que las personas puedan ayudar a los astrónomos a clasificar las galaxias a través del servicio de Crowdsourcing.

El funcionamiento

A través de una convocatoria masiva se plantea un desafío, problema o tarea a un grupo de personas, con el objetivo de que éstas levanten soluciones y desarrollos posibles, de forma colaborativa. Un buen ejemplo es Freelancer.com, sitio donde se puede solicitar o realizar cualquier trabajo que se desee, que van desde el diseño gráfico hasta la ingeniería aeroespacial. Otro ejemplo es TransparentBusiness.com. La herramienta, que es gratuita para organismos gubernamentales y para equipos de hasta 5 miembros, permite coordinar proyectos distribuidos de forma global con la misma eficiencia que si todos los colaboradores estuvieran en una misma oficina, brindando óptimos resultados y permitiendo aprovechar al máximo los recursos.

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Washington Post:
Konanykhin, one of the first Russian millionaires after the fall of the commies, left in 1992 and was granted asylum here in 1999. He's built a very successful Web advertising business in New York City. He had been chosen "New York Businessman of the Year." "As such, you will be honored and presented with your award," NRCC chairman Thomas M. Reynolds (R-N.Y.) said, at a "special ceremony" April 1. " President Bush and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger are our special invited guests.
CNN:
Alex Konanykhin controlled Russia's largest commercial bank in the 1990s
Wall Street Journal:
Mr. Konanykhin was a whiz-kid physics student who became a pioneering Russian capitalist in early 1990s, building a banking and investment empire valued at an estimated $300 million all by his mid-20s. He was a member of President Boris Yeltsin's inner circle.
The Sun:
Alex Konanykhin fled Russia in 1992 and won asylum in the US after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The entrepreneur had set up 100 different companies in Russia and had an estimated net worth of $300million by the time he was 25. He is regarded as one of the first Russian millionaires after the fall of the Iron Curtain. One of the newly open country's leading lights, he even met with US President George HW Bush in 1991 on a joint visit with Russian leader Boris Yeltsin. However, he was then kidnapped in 1992 while visiting Budapest and all of his business assets were seized in Russia. … Being hunted by the Russian state, Konanykhin won asylum in the US in 1997 and set up a new life - but the shadow of the Kremlin continued to loom over him.He went on to rebuild a business empire and set up multimillion dollar firms such as TransparentBusiness in the US.
The Deal:
... a New York-based software startup called TransparentBusiness Inc. has drawn backing from Fortune 500 executives through a relatively new type of securities offering called 506(c) as part of an effort to raise $10 million this year ... Alex Konanykhin, CEO of TransparentBusiness, said he decided to reach out directly to accredited investors by purchasing ads in financial publications. One particularly bold ad includes the figure, 90,000%, with a question mark next to it. Konanykhin said the ad speaks to the large market opportunity for his company's software, which helps governments eliminate fraud by verifying billable hours charged by outside contractors. ... One of the investors, Ken Arredondo, told The Deal he invested in TransparentBusiness and agreed to serve on its board of directors because of the company's strong management team and the huge market opportunity to increase transparency of outsourced contracts worldwide. He believes in the company's product and said it's unique. "It's a Saas-based, easy-to-use tool," he said. "There are a lot of technology players out there that are a lot bigger, but none of them have what they have. There will be competition, but they have the product now. They have first-mover advantage."
The Baltimore Sun:
Business whiz kid.
WJLA TV / ABC:
Russian Bill Gates.
The Times:
By the time he was 25 he was one of the most important figures in post-Communist Russia. But in 1992, while on a business trip to Hungary, Alex Konanykhine was kidnapped.
The New York Times:
The Federal Bureau of Investigation notified Konanykhin that Russian organized crime figures had paid to have him killed.
Los Angeles Daily Journal:
Representing himself through much of the process, Konanykhin managed to convince an immigration judge of an alleged INS and KGB conspiracy and cover-up. Following the court's admonishment, the INS agreed to drop all charges and also pay $100,000..The judge also ordered an investigation of the Justice Department. In separate actions, Konanykhine subsequently won multimillion dollar libel judgments against two Russian newspapers. A $100 million lawsuit against the Justice Department is pending, alleging perjury, fraud, torture and witness tampering by U.S government officers on behalf of the Russian Mafia.
Profit Magazine:
Imagine you are a teenage physics genius who quickly amasses a $300 million empire of real estate and banking ventures, has dozens of cars, six hundred employees, several mansions and two hundred bodyguards—but you are nonetheless kidnapped by those you trusted, threatened with torture and death, and have your entire empire stolen from you one dark night in Budapest. You escape with your life by racing through Eastern-block countries and flying to New York on stashed-away passports—only to have the KGB and Russian Mafia hell-bent on your hide and the U.S. government jailing you and conspiring to serve you up into their clutches. All this before your 29th birthday. Sound like a Tom Clancy thriller? No. . . just a slice in the life of Alexander Konanykhine.