Ask your startup questions on OnStartups Answers

I’m giddy about this new project!

Dharmesh Shah of OnStartups started a new website for entrepreneurs, and he graciously invited me to co-moderate the site.

OnStartups Answers is a new site where you can ask any question about startups: Starting, ideas, raising money, going alone, co-founders, marketing, hiring, shoestring budgets, accounting, sales people, cold-calling, technical talent, what to do when you’re burned out…. anything.

It’s awesome, and it’s not just a “forum” or a “community” or some other generic crap like that.  Here’s why:

Other entrepreneurs answer the questions, and a vote-based “reputation system” ensures that good answers “bubble up” and highlights people who consistently produce good questions and answers.

Among those people already contributing awesome questions and answers are well-known successful entrepreneurs and investors including:

I’m honored and thrilled that Dharmesh asked me to co-host Answers, but what’s really fun is that we all get to meet new people, hear new ideas, and get questions answered quickly.

After all, the Internet is huge, but somehow it manages to be an echo chamber.  In theory we have direct access to everyone with an email address, but in practice the ocean is too big to find new people we like and trust.

So it’s exciting to think that, in our little way, we’re building a place where you can get quality, varied answers to questions about startups, and get to know some new people who you would have otherwise never have met.

Besides, how cool is it to get your question answered directly by Joel Spolsky?

I hope to see you on the site!  Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Here’s that link again:  http://answers.onstartups.com

P.S. Those of you familiar with StackOverflow will notice that this is a StackExchange site, built on the same platform.  It’s been interesting being on the administrative side of building the site and bootstrapping the community; let me know in the comments if you want me to write about the experience.

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  • http://redcort.com Time Clock Software Guy

    Jason, Thanks for the heads up. I really like the a vote-based reputation system. I agree that the quality of answers in this format should make the site really useful. I will certainly participate — I could only have wished for a site like this 10 years ago when we were in startup mode.

    • http://blog.asmartbear.com Jason

      Cool, well with your 10 years’ experience you’ll be great at answering questions! :-)

  • http://twitter.com/jprichardson JP

    Jason,

    This is awesome! I love stackoverflow.com… this is a great way for entrepreneurs to help each other out! I can’t wait to dive and hopefully become an active member of the community.

    Thanks Again!

    -JP
    .-= JP’s latest blog post: jprichardson: @JeffreyWasTaken Around Arrowhead, it was spotty at best. Downtown and the Plaza it was decent. If only Apple would drop AT&T… =-.

  • http://www.valeriebooth.com Valerie Booth

    Thank you Jason.
    .-= Valerie Booth’s latest blog post: OnStartUps.com: Rated Help for Entrepreneurs and Start Ups =-.

  • http://jvdveen.blogspot.com Jonathan van de Veen

    Great! I’d definitely like to read about your experiences on getting this community up and running.
    .-= Jonathan van de Veen’s latest blog post: Adventures while building a Silverlight Enterprise application part #26 =-.

  • http://www.effectivemarketer.com Daniel Kuperman

    This is great! Reminds a bit of another site that has just launched, Startup To Do (www.startuptodo.com). There’s definitely a market for this kind of thing.

    • http://blog.asmartbear.com Jason

      Thanks! Yes startuptodo.com is cool too; Bob Walsh is doing good work as always.

  • http://www.americanjets.net Lyka from Air Ambulance Services

    Hope this one’s gonna be cool. Some Q & A forums are a joke.