StartupsBio.me is a new Croatian mini-startup that’s working to help – other startups from around the world with its global map of startups and startup organisations based on the startup social network AngelList. The project was started by Filip Topol, the lead project manager of Mediatoolkit, a part of the social media marketing agency iStudio, who decided to present the project exclusively on Netocratic.
StartupsBio.me is a simple and very usable website with an integrated Google map which you can use to see all the relevant startups in different countries and regions, simply by zooming in and out of it. While there are already similar regional startups maps such as Tech Britain and CEE focused New Europe Startups, StartupsBio.me seems to be the first company that has logically used the resources of the biggest database of startups in the world.
Using AngelList’s API is a smart move on StartupsBio’s part, wih AngelList confirming that their API is already handling over 3 million requests a day from 50 partners as well as incubators such as Techstars and even startups such as Sendgrid. Topol is in good company.
Practical Startup Problems Fixed by a Map
Topol decided to start the project after going to a number of startup conferences where he met a lot of people:
During the 2012 I had the chance to attend several tech conferences pitching my company’s startup project Mediatoolkit. At every one of those conferences I met some really great guys and their projects. However, after a while it’s really hard to keep track of who you met,what do they actually do and where they come from. I needed a way to visualize them and a map with some added information was just perfect for that. That’s how I got the idea for the StartupsBio.me project.
You can search StartupsBio.me via the map as well as the search interface, with startup’s names leading to their AngelList profiles. While the design is very basic and needs more work, it’s very east to use. The development of StartupsBio.me took Topol about a month with him working on the pet project afterhours. The current version is actually Topol’s minimum viable product, with him waiting feedback from the users.
Growing Along with AngelList
With AngelList’s growing popularity among the world’s startup community, StartupsBio.me will only grow with it. While the project is simple, it’s very usable and could prove useful to AngelList itself. For Topol, StartupsBio.me might end up being not only a way of keeping track with people he’s met but also being a way of meeting new founders and investors. Visit StartupsBio.me and find some startups!