In 2007, Ross co-founded a Chicago-based startup - crowdSPRING (http://www.crowdspring.com) - an online marketplace for buyers and sellers of creative services. Buyers who need a logo, website, custom graphic design, industrial design or written content post what they need, when they need it and how much they’ll pay. Once posted, creatives from around the world (over 50,000 from 170+ countries) submit actual work. Buyers select from among actual works, not bids or proposals. crowdSPRING has helped thousands of buyers from over 72 countries (including small businesses and the world's best Brands and agencies) meet their creative needs. Prior to crowdSPRING, for 13 years as a successful trial attorney, Ross counseled and represented clients (from small internet startups to Fortune 100 companies) in complex disputes involving intellectual property in United States state and federal courts and before the World Intellectual Property Organization.