There are a couple of plugins that I'd like to have developed however I am poor so I'd love it if there was a platform that allowed me to easily group with others that have the same need and pool our resources to pay a developer.

I have seen a lot of freelance developer job boards and bidding platforms but I was wondering if there were any platforms out there that would specifically empower a group of users/designers to pool their money behind a project they like, and allow for developers to bid out the project?

The way I would envision it working would be a hybrid between Freelancer.com (or elance.com) and Kickstarter.com. Actually, it would be similar to Area51 on the StackExchange.

In case this doesn't exist, I'll elaborate on my idea for anyone that wants to make such a platform...

Basically, someone could post a project, take bids, then open it up for crowd funding or before any project is even bid on it could be open to a vote in the sense that people have to commit to at least $5 and once it reaches a certain commitment level it goes out for bids.

  • @Matt, It wouldn't hurt to post your plugin idea here. There are a lot of plugin developers on this site and one of them might be willing to develop it or know of a similar plugin that could be modified to solve your problem.
    – Chris_O
    Sep 6, 2010 at 21:12
  • @matt: +1 to the suggestion by @Chris_O. Also, maybe you should launch such a crowd-function site for WordPress Projects? Sep 7, 2010 at 1:16
  • @Chris_O, Thanks for the suggestion, I will do that. @MikeSchinkel, I would love to develop such a site I just don't have the time at the moment.
    – matt
    Sep 13, 2010 at 19:13
  • Thanks for the input. I posted one of the plugin help requests here: wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/1783/…
    – matt
    Sep 16, 2010 at 22:27
  • @matt I will be your first investor. I have offered a 200 rep point bounty on your question and I challenge any user with more than 1k rep points to match or beat my investment.
    – Chris_O
    Sep 22, 2010 at 8:03

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Saw this one tweeted, has several WP-related projects/plugins in it already.

  • Good find! That looks very cool. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to have the ability for a funder to suggest a project, just to join on one that's already been submitted by a dev.
    – matt
    Dec 14, 2010 at 21:26

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