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Foundtain - An Open Source Co-Founder Finder Website

This project is intended as an open source project website that enables future entrepreneurs to find each other and colaborate on founding a business.

There are a few of those websites already out there, but let's create something a little different.

With foundtian the idea is to create a website based on profiles of founders and not on craigslist style classifieds like the current major players, like

  • techcofounder.com (there it's 99$ to post a classified ad. We will create a free site. There are enough other places to spend your money when founding a business.)

  • findmycofounder.com (Classifieds, limited readability and only sortable by location. We can do better than that.)

  • matchfounders.com (What do you know, a profile based page. But it got "abandoned" and "buggy" written all over it.)

The Mission

So our mission will be:

  • Create a FREE hub for founders

  • Put the emphasis on the PERSON (i.e. profile). We all know it's people who
    make or break businesses, not ideas.

  • Let people show what they've got to offer (That's what we want to know when
    looking for a cofounder, right?) and what they are looking for.

  • The "looking for" section will kind of act like the currently popular
    classifieds and will also be searchable separately

  • Let's enable everyone to search around, but require people to sign up (for
    free) for the site to view profiles. That way we grow the database of
    founders.

  • Nowadays we want instant gratification. That's why the founder search will
    be AJAX based and the site will have private messages with instant popups
    (maybe even desktop popups if you stayed logged in) and a live chat with all
    founders who are online.

Open Source

This project will be released under the MIT license (which basically says "do
whith it what you want but don't sue us"), which is the following:

Copyright (C) 2011 Konstantin Koss

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person
obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation
files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without
restriction, including without limitation the rights to use,
copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell
copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the
Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following
conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be
included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND,
EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES
OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND
NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT
HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY,
WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING
FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR
OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

Since this project is publicised on github, the social coding place, I welcome
you to join us in developing this website.

If you have any remarks, or maybe ideas you want to add to our mission, please
do so and ammend this README with what you have to say:

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