It lets users create profiles about themselves and what they’re interested, and includes search filters for finding people by event, city, interest area, skills, desired starting date, and overall status.
A Founder Talk section lets users post messages about what who they’re looking for and what they’re trying to do.
Today, it’s expanding on the effort by launching a web site that screens then connects those looking for colleagues, and by announcing meetups in new cities including New York, then Boston and Los Angeles.
The new site is designed to be like a private Linked In for entrepreneurs, founder Jessica Alter explains.
Founder Dating is a network of talented entrepreneurs with different backgrounds and skill sets all ready to start their next company or project.
The Founder Dating site, as with the events, has a special focus on screening for qualifications and experiences — in particular to make sure that people are committed, and are actually recruiting cofounders not employees.
“Managing Directors” — people with deep local connections — help run the events in each city.
A “Friends of Founder Dating” program includes well-known seed and incubator investors who help promote the program: Dave Mc Clure (500 Startups), Hiten Shah (KISSmetrics), Phin Barnes (First Round Capital), Dave Schappell (Teachstreet) and Chris De Vore (Founders Co-op). You can also check out its blog, which features advice from entrepreneurs and other industry leaders, here.
It’s an age-old saying that has particular poignance in the entrepreneurial realm, where investors are much more comfortable handing over wads of cash to a team instead of an individual.
A new betaworks-backed startup out of New York, Collab Finder, is banking on that very idea.
Prior to Bebo Jessica worked in business development at Hands-On Mobile."Jessica Alter is the Founder & CEO of Formative Labs, a startup hoping to encourage energy conservation through social mechanics. As a 500 Startups Mentor, Jessica guides our companies with Business Development, Community Creation, Fundraising, Product, and Social expertise.