If you’ve ever tried to reach out to a specific company then you know that it can be hard to find the right point of contact. Business people can spend 30 percent of their time, and even more, trying to identify the right person to talk to in a specific organization or company. WikiOrgCharts aims to make this cross-organizational contact easier by crowdsourcing org charts that map out the hierarchy and relationships between employees at private companies, organizations and even the Federal Government.
WikiOrgCharts Founder and CEO, Farhan Memon, says, “WikiOrgCharts provides a compelling cloud based service for savvy business people looking to map out and connect with the right person in an organization. Even with existing social and business resources like LinkedIn, people spend countless professional hours finding the right point of contact within an organization. We provide a map and context for people to understand the critical hierarchies and relationships within an organization.”
WikiOrgCharts Beta launched earlier this week with a database of nine million profiles to start, including Fortune 1000 companies like Wal Mart Stores and Exxon; popular tech companies like Google, Apple and Facebook, and United States Government offices. They have filled in the top levels of employees—the CEOs, CFOs, SVPs and the like—and they are relying on crowdsourcing to fill in the rest.
According to a press release, “WikiOrgCharts incorporates a virtual currency model to incentivize community participation. When users join WikiOrgCharts and claim their place within a company org chart, they receive an initial 20 points. They can continue to accumulate points by adding friends and colleagues to the WikiOrgCharts’ database.” Points can be used to view the profiles of other WikiOrgCharts users. When you sign up for WikiOrgCharts via Facebook or LinkedIn, it imports your network, making it easy for you to add colleagues to your company’s org chart. Users that do not want to participate in the information exchange can purchase credits through a premium subscription plan.
Check out the screenshot below for a glimpse at what WikiOrgCharts looks like. Here you’ll see the top players at LinkedIn mapped at, starting with CEO Jeff Weiner and the eight employees that report directly to him. As more people contribute, more people that report directly to those eight and the people that report to them and so on will be filled in.
What do you think about the concept behind WikiOrgCharts? Do you think you’ll be using the service to build your own company’s org chart?
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