Quirky launched in 2009 to make the invention of consumer products more accessible. Open innovation helped usher in ideas from the masses and some would argue that crowdsourcing led to the company’s untimely demise.
GE partnered, invested in, and shared patents with Quirky, a community-led invention platform. The goal was to enable everyday consumers to access connected devices. Would opening GE's patent portfolio to the masses create value for GE, Quirky, and consumers?