FounderDating, which is a sort of “LinkedIn for entrepreneurs” (not a dating site for well-heeled founders), is adding a new question-and-answer site for its members that it’s calling FounderDating Discuss.
The company has been beta-testing the service for awhile. Founder Jessica Alter said that members have already created thousands of question-answer threads, with a 95 percent response rate and most questions receiving “three-to-four quality answers in hours.”
“FounderDating Discuss initially came both from community members telling us they wanted a way to interact 1-to-many, not just through 1-to-1 messaging, and [from] observations that there wasn’t really a non-anonymous community for entrepreneurs to pose questions or discussions to both get answers and have discussions in a trusted way,” Alter told VentureBeat. She added that the question-and-answer site Quora, while useful, is less conducive to back-and-forth discussions that these members craved.
Discussions on the site are open to all FounderDating users, but they are moderated — anything that smacks of self-promotion or job offers won’t pass muster.
“I’d describe FD:Discuss as if Quora and Reddit had an entrepreneurial baby. There tends to be more interaction like Reddit, but with a focus on quality like Quora,” Alter said in a canned press release quote that is just too charming for me not to include it here.
Alter wouldn’t share data on how many people overall use FounderDating. The company claims to be the “largest curated network of entrepreneurs and advisors for startups.” It has raised $1.2 million to date from from SoftTech VC, Crosslink Capital, 500 Startups, and Steve Blank. The company is based in San Francisco.
In February, 2014, FounderDating launched a matchmaking service to connect entrepreneurs with advisers.