Jigsaw is an online business contact marketplace where marketers, recruiters, and sales professionals can get fresh and accurate business contact information. Members of Jigsaw provide a few pieces to the collaborative puzzle (business contacts), and then Jigsaw assembles them for the benefit of the community. Jigsaw’s mission is to map every business organization on the planet, contact by contact and keep them current through a collaborative effort.
Now for Reality?
Even though the company description of Jigsaw sounds nice and rewarding, other people have dramatically different opinions about what Jigsaw is doing.
Dan Fost, of SFGate.com, reports that, Fowler [Jim Fowler is CEO of San Mateo’s Jigsaw Data Corp.] is riffing on the reputation he’s gaining online as a man willing to knock down established social mores, while showing what critics say is an utter disregard for people’s privacy. The furor is over Jigsaw’s system of encouraging people to enter business contacts into an easily accessible Web database. Sign up at the site, www.jigsaw.com, and you can get points for entering the contents of your Rolodex. You can even sell those points for money.
Since it started operations on Jan. 1, 2004, Jigsaw has amassed a database of 3 million contacts at 150,000 companies, and the company expects that to grow to 5 million by year’s end. Only 131 of its 105,000 members sell points, Fowler said. “Almost all trade data to get data.”