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CrowdSource CEO Stephanie Leffler Inspires Young Achievers to Think Like Entrepreneurs

Swansea, IL April 23, 2013 – More than 250 people attended the awards ceremony and accompanying dinner, presented by the Rotary Club of Belleville. The 15 honorees, all high schoolers, received honors in four different categories: academics, arts, athletics and community service.

Leffler, whose company is the industry leader in managed crowdsourced solutions, explained how she had to overcome her original presumptions about how her career might play out.

“I always imagined myself having a fairly traditional career path,” she said.

Leffler realized she had to chart her own path: “When you are young, just getting out of college, it’s a great time to be risk takers if [that’s] something you want to do. I hope somebody can draw from that experience and do something great with it.”

Leffler started her entrepreneurial activities while still attending Washington and Lee University. She was selling sun protection products online when she decided to create a shopping cart system with her business partner Ryan Noble. That eventually became MonsterCommerce, an ecommerce platform that grew to serve more than 8,000 small businesses.

Along with Noble, Leffler went on to found, a reference resource that grew into a huge network of websites. In 2011, Leffler and Noble created CrowdSource, which offers full-service crowdsourcing solutions to enterprise clients worldwide. CrowdSource
is the largest managed solutions provider in the crowdsourcing space.

About CrowdSource

CrowdSource is the industry leader in a multi-billion dollar market, providing clients with on-demand access to a scalable workforce. CrowdSource specializes in content solutions for Fortune 500 online retailers, publishers and media companies. Crowdsource is also the parent company for, offering transcription solutions, and, a writer recruitment portal. CrowdSource is headquartered outside of St. Louis and backed by Highland Capital Partners.