A few weeks ago I met Bob Walsh, well known MicroISV guru (he wrote the book on it). He has a startup-acceleration company called StartupToDo.com; which he persuaded me to take a look at. The site offers a pile of information, for a fee, to help startups “cut to the chase” as they get moving. I was initially skeptical, because there is such a vast amount of such information for free online.
Then I thought about it a while, and thought about various potential and actual founders I’ve met, and thought about how much time a person can spend browsing around for information, and looked through the guides on StartupToDo… and it now appears to be a worthwhile resource for first-time founders to use (and pay for). Speed is everything, StartupToDo could save a founder some hours.
At the same time, I’ve been looking for ways to help boost the nascent St. Louis startup and software-company community.
Putting those two things together, Oasis Digital (my firm) is going to sponsor (that is, pay for) a StartupToDo membership, for up to 10 St. Louis area startup companies. The rules are simple:
- Must be a software product / service or related startup company (not consultant)
- Must be located within 50 miles of St. Louis, MO
- Either starting in the near future or in the last year
- First 10 that meet these requirements, “win”
- Act fast – you must “apply” by the end of December 2009.
While you’re at it, consider getting involved with ITEN-STL if you aren’t already. ITEN offers assistance of various kinds to St. Louis area startup firms, and I am an ITEN mentor.