Why is startups.com so freakily similar to this site?


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Or it's the other way around?

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asked Nov 6 '09 at 05:28
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Oleg Kokorin
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We were first, so they copied us. :-)

Justin's right that this is the risk you run with off-the-shelf software.

However:

  1. We wouldn't have built a better platform faster, so they would have won on that.
  2. It's not the software anyway. It's the content of the questions and answers!
answered Nov 6 '09 at 09:28
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Jason
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OK, I got it - StackExchange. Still, they look so same, and do the same thing too.

answered Nov 6 '09 at 05:33
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Oleg Kokorin
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Both sites use the same software platform - stackexchange.com However, one of the big differences is that in this site the hosts are well known successful entrepreneurs and they also do take the time to answer questions all the time - Thanks Jason and Dharmesh!

answered Nov 7 '09 at 15:39
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Ricardo
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Have to laugh. My company Page Mage is featured today on killerstartups.com. So there is startups.com as another one of the featured companies today right along side of us. So I hit the link and my head started to spin. I had to look closely to see if I was just back in this site.

But of course, this site is WAY more awesome. They only have about 142 users compared to over 1,000 here plus a lot more activity.

answered Nov 6 '09 at 06:13
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Chris
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It's using the same software.

answered Nov 6 '09 at 06:45
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Justyn
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That's the main problem with using off the shelf software rather than a more custom solution. (There are lots of benefits however)

answered Nov 6 '09 at 08:00
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Justin Vincent
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This is a great example of how having the community split between two locations undermines the purpose of each site in the first place! OnStartups is rapidly becoming a great resource because of the huge number of users that quickly jump in with advice and tips.

answered Nov 6 '09 at 13:16
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User1084
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