But I am probably just too cynical. Why step on positive energy? Go get 'em.
It also takes no equity and benefits no one except the participants.
Cheer up man! Enjoy the good times while they last :)
Also their customers, future business partners, spouses, etc... Don't sell yourself short.
Yes, it definitely works for our members. Membership is public though. The most useful part is solving startup problems case by case. Also, the whole thing is built around a few key coordinators and their "office hours".
We have 30+ projects. Some are Russia-focused, others are international. Two most interesting ones are http://UploadCare.com (launched few months before YC's Chute) and Android app Drawing Cartoons https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ru.jecklandin....
I'm thinking of running it again this summer.
Also related: http://thinkstrapped.com/
IIRC 7 out of the 8 teams made it to a Demo Day that was loads of fun but didn't result in anything tangible.
Ultimately we failed to ship regularly and we let the work we were doing to bootstrap the projects get in the way of continuing them. None of the projects are still active.
I really like the idea, questions I'm walking away with:
Who is behind this?
Are they experienced in giving the advice from first hand success or talking the talk?
How can I get advice from someone who's already done this?
Is this trying to start a marketplace of sorts connecting people with no real bar of quality?
I signed up to find out more..
Maybe I'm getting old, but I definitely don't remember an N-combinator.
As others have mentioned: very cool and slick site pitch. That earned my signup alone.
It's working out pretty well thus far, and we've been learning a lot within the group about how to run something like this since it was founded (not by me, but I've been involved for a little while now).
>> Totally agree. Thats why every week the teams that don't ship will get filtered out. At the end only the best will remain.
Ouch! That might take everyone out over 12 weeks. Some weeks, everything rolls over.
See you online June 5.
(1) Who are you?
(2) What do you get out of the program?
If your forms have placeholders, I can't see them.
When I type into the fields, I can't see my text.
I'm using the latest Firefox on a Macbook Pro.
I'm at the perfect place in my life where I have both the time to work on whatever I want (for at least a few months) and the ability to.
Great idea though and I'm definitely on board with this one. Beautiful site too btw! :)
"Aren't you just a bunch of YC rejects?
No, not really. Most of our companies haven't even applied to YC."
However, I think it would be better to choose a more unique name ;)
edit: slightly less harsh tone
However there seems to be lots of these popping up and you start to question the longevity of these groups. I am sure these are started with good intentions however what are the motivations of the organizers?
Is it simply the buzz of being involved and sharing ideas/stories/support?
I am not trying to criticize the groups, but interested in the risks of getting involved in these events/communities?
Do you need to be cautious of anything? How do you select the right group or groups to join?
(the more people who know, the faster it will become cliche then go away)
Can I copy your idea or cooperate with you somehow?
Between the name and 'ninja coders' and the changing backgrounds, it was very hard to take seriously.
On the flip side, it's a solid idea.
Perhaps consider a different name - socialisingStartups.com ?
Low barrier to entry, but high barriers for completion is our theory. We'll see how it works in practice and adjust.
i've applied, sounds good even it done remotely
Test this by logging out and see if it loads quickly again. If so, then yeah, you're being artificially slowed down.
Edit: I actually just noticed it was slow for me too, logged out and it was still slow. No idea then.
Edit: Actually I just realized your theory never really made any sense. What site throttles bandwidth just to you when you get downvoted? Nutty theory actually.
After getting down-voted a certain amount you get hell-banned. Your posts are still posted, except only people with "show dead" enabled see them.
Before that however you just get throttled and the site loads more slowly.
It will make you seem out of touch and dated. It was clever for a brief moment a few years ago. But now it just smacks of laziness.
It's like hippies still thinking bellbottoms are hip. Yes, at one point that was true, but now bellbottoms just make you look like a hippie.
If you want to appear creative and edgy, please come up with a unique meme, not a dated played out one.
A great example is Hipmunk - a fresh meme that's actually hip.