Seriously, did you know getting on the interwebs reveals your IP address :p Someone could run a full suite of penetration tests on your IP addr to get to your end-point or router.
If you don't want to be contacted, then don't add your information. I'm not sure what you're suggesting is the problem, but perhaps you can suggest a solution?
You obfuscate your email addr so that it's human-readable and not spam-bot readable. Or just add your twitter username instead, or whatever choice you prefer.
You reveal your Google Account (and e-mail address for most people) just by viewing the page, without typing a single character into the page.
Basically, the consumers of the content (the people just wanting to see what's on the list) want to be completely 100% anonymous. I wonder how the producers of the content (the people entering their information on the spreadsheet) would feel about that.
Well there you go, as suggested above.. you can always logout first - or create a dummy account. Google sign-in is arguably one of the commonly used on the Web, even if you're really anti-Google .. having a dummy account would be real handy.
Excess paranoia, on the other hand, is another topic.
Please contact med hurriedly so we can go get money together.
I am writing to in a matter of utmost urgency and secrecy. My name is Olamilekan Smith, close personal advisor of the deposed aristocrat Charles Bartholomew Richards ii. In his haste to escape persecution he hastily imposed upon me the task of securing safe transfer of his considerable monetary assets to an international bank account..."
I don't want this to turn into a mini-facebook.
I could certainly add this myself, but it wouldn't be possible to see all info on one page for many people - that kind of thing requires scrape-friendly format that enforces some kind of structure on the input text.
Fashion, e-commerce, education.
You could find someone with experience or interest in education, read their comments and submissions and get a feel for how they think.
Maybe an 'open for solicitation' checkbox.
Basically that's all I can think of. Some way of finding people by criteria.
* A little structure could go a long way (for scraping).
* A field for startup name
* "Next >"? Sometimes I wish I could just page through profile pages by karma descending. Random might be fun too.
* Last N tweets? (The Hacker News twitter list http://twitter.com/tlrobinson/hackernews is fantastic, but I wish the linkage between twitter profiles and HN profiles were more transparent)
You'll need an API to access it, or else a viewer on site that presents as a sortable, paginated table.
(Yes it will be slightly out of date eventually, but you can then copy it out again.)
You can also retrieve the viewers using a cronjob.
GData returns a "Person" objects in 3.0
and when you know that google docs generates a revision for just clicking around
you can retrieve all revisions and email addresses using
Anyway, it is a great idea... but really not a good idea to use a google doc :-)
Definitely a privacy issue for many people, but I'm not sure I would qualify it as quite dangerous.
It's good to be concerned, but if anything, entering your data here is a far more open book than submitting to any other site that asks these questions.
Thanks for sharing the awareness Louis.
For co-founders, everybody wants to pair up .. but for investors and entrepreneurs, the dynamics would appear different, right? In the sense that there's more entrepreneurs than there are investors, and since investors have a finite amount of money, they don't want to be too easily accessible since they can't invest in everybody (and don't want to be pitched to all the time)?
If you are on the investor side of the table, do shed some light :)
I think nothing could be more valuable than making funding more accessible to companies that could one day change the world; especially if it could be done well. Maybe we should get to work on this idea...partner. :)
bpick, if you're looking to angel-invest the YC startup community is a really good place to start scouting, you're at the right place! I don't see any contact info on your HN about page. Can you tell us all how to reach you? My contact info is on my about page
=GoogleLookup("address to geocode", "latitude")
Then you can automatically make a map directly from spreadsheet data: http://gmaps-samples.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/spreadsheetsma...
I guess anyone looking to build a co-founder dating site has to figure out what value they are adding on top of this spreadsheet!
From folks who have attended a Startup Weekend or similar event, I hear that it's a good way to learn how someone performs under at least a moderate amount of pressure.
I am less sanguine about "dating site" although a lot of folks have contributed to the spreadsheet so it will probably help potential co-founders become aware of each other.
I also think you can form a reasonable impression of someone from reading their blog and HN comments but not everyone who has the strengths you will need to get startup off the ground is necessarily interested in contributing to a forum.
1. Better search (by location, keyword, whatever)
2. time-based, so that old entries from years past don't pollute the current directory
3. protect anonymity but preserving a way to get in touch
4. more details available so you can make a judgment call more easily
5. a way to look at projects or people, depending on what your approach is
That's a good start. I'd say #2 is critical, because the Google Docs list will become obsolete within weeks.
http://fairsoftware.net/publicUsers is a list of people, and http://fairsoftware.net/publicProjects is a list of projects. You can navigate back and forth.
I figured that some time from now, people will remember 2 things: "co founder" and "google docs". Feel free to bookmark / delicious
It was on HN for maybe 1 day on the weekend, so I was concerned I was missing out on the perfect person to work with on a startup.
Having something like this (or, better yet perhaps a wiki that tracks edits) is an excellent idea. Kudos Jayliew !
Or course, location+skill wouldn't have hurt either.
In the current format, it could potentially become unmanageable and not very user friendly.
I'm just going to create a sheet for SF-BayArea see if people adopt it :).
On the other hand, if someone really wants it s/he would be able to find it :)
With that being said, if you wanted to get on there and create a profile, add a post saying that you're looking for a founder with XYZ skillsets, or that you're available to be a cofounder, other people could search for you based on keywords or tags plus their relation to your zip code.
http://www.igwyn.com (I've Got What You Need).
Not meant to be shameless self promotion, but it might actually be helpful for people.
May be it is better to build a one / 2 pages UI for that...
We launched exactly what you are asking for a year ago. It's there, people are using it. But not everyone knows it. Look at my profile if you don't know which site I'm talking about.
This was posted originally in this thread http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1046134 - can someone write me a script so everytime someone asks that question, I can auto-reply? ... ok bad idea... spam... never mind :-)