Edit: hey hastagstartup.co downvote brigade, hashstartup.co is still available. So is hashstartups.com which is even better.
So I downvoted because I wanted to signal that I'd like to read less content like that on here. I went and checked the HN guidelines on content, and here's a few points which I felt supported the downvote:
"When disagreeing, please reply to the argument instead of calling names. E.g. "That is an idiotic thing to say; 1 + 1 is 2, not 3" can be shortened to "1 + 1 is 2, not 3."
"Resist complaining about being downmodded. It never does any good, and it makes boring reading."
"Please don't bait other users by inviting them to downmod you."
And now I have contributed in uselessness to this comment thread, the cycle is complete :).
I get what you're saying, but its still fair to call it a hashtag, and for them to call it hashtagstartup.
Solid hacker news etiquette there, by the way.
Also, you get what you dish out. Saying its "dumb" is what earned you the 15 year old in me. had you said something like "i disagree with their use of the word hashtag" it would have given an entirely different tone, don't you think?
There is a secret (or you will find it later):
- You have to pay 10$;
- or write a "great motivation";
to sign up.
We also check every motivation, and sometimes they're just bad or a couple of words and we don't let that person in.
I will take a look at the UX, thanks!
I prefer here, or, as of late, http://discuss.bootstrapped.fm/ for more serious discussions, although occasionally something interesting comes up on #startups. Sometimes the informality is helpful, as you can chat about something you don't particularly want plastered all over HN...
So your data is safe, however, I do agree that https for hashtagstartup.co would clear up the confusion.
That question felt unanswered to me after 60 seconds on the landing page.
- hosted/organised by an independent non-profit with the goal to help founders
- using slack, easy and unobtrusive cross platform system
- members are selected upon their motivation
Or because it already exists in a great form? There are multiple others, but we are open to anyone that can provide a motivation.
Is there a technical limitation of IRC you're overcoming or is it a user interface choice?
Shameless plug: If you're interested in the actual hashtag on Twitter, you could like to use of our free embeds:
Also let me know if you'd like to get detailed analysis of the #startup hashtag, I'd gladly contribute it for free.
The signup process is kinda neat, but some of the questions made me go "errr..."
edit: i see they(you?) use typeform for the signup form; never heard of them before, but pretty neat!
I'm on the page because you posted it here, on HN, and I started the flow because the premise seemed interesting, and I have a startup. I don't have any goals, and frankly, the pitch made it sound like more value would be flowing from the community to me. I don't have goals I need met from #startup because I have no idea what it will be like.
Those questions made it seem like you guys are just in it for a PR grab or a pivot into an incubator, which I am absolutely not interested in at all.
I'm sorry if you think we have some hidden agenda, which is certainly not the case as screening the applications is an extreme amount of work. The way the application is set up we will also have a lot less applications being submitted, which is a nice side effect as we already have hundreds waiting.
It's a rough alpha (desktop web-only, mobile support in January).
#startup is our latest initiative, but we're working on a progress report tool (enabling founder to give peer feedback and to report to investors and coaches).
We also have a weekender format like Startup Weekend or Lean Startup Machine, which we have done 10 of to date and will roll out in 2015. Next to that we have an incubator in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and a big meetup group for that city.
Our goal is that all of our initiatives generate surplus revenue to be able to roll out new initiatives and improve existing ones.
But for #startup, it is also a great way to find out who is motivated to get in and contribute. Most of the contributions are actually from people who have heard about what it is like on the inside.
You see, we normally get tens of applications per day, and some people just want to get in ASAP. This way they can, without us having to screen everyone that wants to get in directly.
Now that we're on PH, HN, Reddit and Betalist, we've got hundreds of applications just today. And we will screen them all, so it might take a week to get in.
+ not every motivation is good enough to get in, cash tells us you are at least slightly dedicated.