Countless Groupon imitators have sprun up after that company's proven success with the group-buying model. But they're not the only game in Chicago that's getting copied.
New greeting card start-up Chirply, which opened for retail business on Friday, shows that Threadless' crowdsourcing M.O. is still viable.
Where Threadless asks its community of creative types to submit designs for T-shirts that are then voted on by the publich, for Chirply substitues stationary to be printed on greeting cards. Same concept, different product.