One of the ingredients for success often quoted is to reach out to customers with a less than perfect product as soon as possible, and gradually refine the product with constant user feedback. Now with the communication mediums shrinking the distance between people, one can collect a tons of feedback even before a project starts.
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Companies like urtak.com and uservoice.com are making the collective wisdom of the users work for you, letting the biggest ideas shine.
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