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Hyperspecialization will transform the developing world

Cross posted from G+. see post

I have recently posted about hyperspecialization (breaking work down into smaller pieces that can be done by several people in sequence or at once). Think of it as the vertical disintegration of the knowledge worker. This concept has profound implications. Two anecdotes coming from China and Nepal point to the hope of what hyperspecialization will bring.

The first comes from CloudFactory. While I was chatting with developer support, I learned that they were not based in Silicon Valley as I had imagined, but rather Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. They just launched last month with the audacious goal of creating “1M jobs in the developing world starting in Nepal.” I think cloudfactory has a fantastic product, and I like how they see themselves akin to Kiva. “Kiva connects people for microloans, CloudFactory connects people for microwork.”

The second was from the conclusion of a paper by two scholars at Nan Kai University in Tianjin, China. I quote: “The development of crowdsourcing will play a key role in the transition process from “made in China” to “created in China”.

So there you have it. Three people in the developing world who see the tremendous potential for microsourcing/microwork to dramatically change their economy. I see it as well, and am excited to see how this plays out.