In addition, 12 folks from their team have signed up for our free trial since September including the CEO, head of product, designer, product manager and a senior ruby developer.
Take a look at their heatmap. The color scheme to even the text underneath is exactly the same.
Here is our heatmap which we launched 2 years ago: http://cbi.vc/1AsvNy3
Their industry graphs are also the same. Here is ours: http://cbi.vc/1Asw0kR
On the bright side, this is a bit of an ego boost, and we're flattered that these guys liked CB Insights so much that they wanted one just like it for themselves.
Note: I'm the CEO of CB Insights.
We're doing a lot of work to make sure Techlist is unique behind the scenes, and of course the data we're pulling into our site is unique and Asia-focused, but we definitely made a mistake in taking too much from CBI's visual design. It was a shortcut, and one that we shouldn't have taken, as it does a disservice to you, to Tech in Asia, and to our customers. There's really no excuse; we should have put more time into coming up with our own visuals.
In the immediate future we will be working on finding a more unique aesthetic framework within which to present our data.
Note: I'm the CEO of Tech in Asia that runs Techlist.
The best product will win, and your public cries of unfairness/ foul play is not a positive business signal.
It looks like CB Insights just dropped off of my investor-data-startups heat-map, which my team is working furiously to re-style, we had copied Techlist.
It is just stupid and shows bad judgment, not a company I would use.
And copying our work was good enough to get them into YC so guess mission accomplished. Hopefully YC doesn't condone this type of behavior.
When the CEO and 11 other employees sign up for someone else's service to copy it, it seems originality might be in short supply.
I, like you, am curious if YC condones this type of copying esp since the CEO admitted it on Twitter.
But it's shitty and our team does a lot of hard work so I do hate to see it copied. That said, we've seen plenty of unoriginal folks do similar stuff in the past, and they've all failed as they focus on us while we focus on customers.
Here's his tweets that admit this: http://cbi.vc/1u9KQu9
At my company, we routinely look at what our competitors are doing and we routinely look at ways of integrating their ideas into our product. It's not stealing, it's just business.
Stop whining and start creating some real backend system and process so that you can offer real value to your customers. I bet you would love to get patents on those charts and color combinations uh?
There's different fonts, different colors, different spacing, some less important elements are in different places. Forget it, this is just a tweet to stir up discussion and generate some page hits.
The rules are: Take responsibility for your potential and for your actions. Don't be lazy. Don't steal. When you act wrongly, acknowledge it, stop it, fix it.
It's the lazy way. The beautiful thing about it? Those who copy (blatantly) are doomed to fail. In most cases, they will lack the understanding and foundation of how you arrived at the designs in the first place which certainly consisted of iteration and changes based on interactions with & feedback from customers.
Linking to a twitter stream is suboptimal. (That's true for any reason except directly linking to a specific comment that some person has made, but especially true here.)
This is hilarious, I kinda agree with it though