The Startup Digest website is intended as a go-to tool for new business owners and investors. Here, users can explore or post to classifieds asking for startup-related services, merchandise and assistance. User can also post events and request feedback on aspects of their business. A chat feature also makes it easy for users to connect and share advice and information on startup businesses and how to manage them.Show more screenshots »
Founded by Brendan McManus and Chris McCann in November of 2009, Startup Digest is designed to help connect new business owners and assist them in their professional endeavors. Based out of Palo Alto, California, Startup Digest includes many unique features that are very hard to find elsewhere on the internet. In March 2011 StartupDigest raised $200.000 from The Kauffman Foundation.
Many resources are available to assist new business owners and help them get up and running. However, few cater to them from as many angles as Startup Digest. A new business owner can go to the site and request assistance, feedback, or post a classified ad looking for professional assistance or a business partner. Rather than visiting multiple websites to do many of the same tasks, a startup investor can do it all in one location.
It is apparent from the Startup Digest homepage that the site is all about business. Although many different aspects are covered and a social chat feature is included, the layout is very clean and neat. From the plain white background to the basic font style, the site promotes a very professional atmosphere. The layout is logical, making it easy to find the desired tools offered on the site. Users can travel the site through the tab header, or click through featured content found on the homepage.
Registering for Startup Digest is extremely easy and convenient. As soon as a new visitor arrives on the homepage, they are presented with the registration form. Just under the attractive green and black logo, users are asked to supply an email address, and select favorite cities and digests. After submitting the form, the user is advised that startup events will be mailed on the following Monday. A verification email is sent to ensure this vital contact information was entered correctly.
At this point, Startup Digest is offered as a free service to entrepreneurs. Anyone who is interested can register to receive updates and check out the classified ads. An RSS feed function is available as well. New users should note that in order to post on the Startup Digest classifieds, a short registration process is required. A username and password is requested. After entering the information, the user is asked to perform an email verification to complete registration and begin posting to the classifieds.
Entrepreneurs in almost any industry can appreciate what Startup Digest has to offer. Users can stay on top of the newest business-related developments and tools. The classifieds also provide a far more refined and specialized collection of postings, especially when compared to general sites such as Craigs List. The small business owner can really benefit from the free account, which makes it extremely cost effective to register. Regardless of income, business people can use the Startup Digest to stay informed and look for assistance and feedback when they need it. The chat program also adds a hint of social networking, which could help small business owners get in touch with others.