Dana here, cofounder/moderator of Startups Anonymous.
You may notice a few differences on the site today. We’re launching a few pretty exciting (at least to us) features that have been requested by all of you.
First, on the righthand sidebar, or elsewhere for those with smaller screens, you’ll see two new additions:
- Ask Me Anonymously. This is a guest angel investor that has agreed to answer your questions for the next week. He/she is going to remain anonymous, allowing them to give you straight, honest answers. What I can tell you is that this person is an active angel that invests in an average of 5 companies per year. Also, he/she is a current founder of a well-known startup and graduate of YCombinator. Please keep questions geared towards the topic of investing, YC and/or company building. You can ask your questions here.
- Topical Confessions. Starting in July, you’re going to be seeing a new Startups Anonymous series appearing on Inc.com called Founder Confessions. Each week will be looking for your assistance on new topics. This week we’re asking the question: What’s the most horrific experience you’ve had with a cofounder? Your anonymous confessions will be included as part of the series. If you’re willing to share, you can submit your confession within the sidebar.
Finally, we’ve heard from many of you that you’d like the option to reach out to the author of posts. Obviously, that becomes challenging as an anonymous site. However, today we’ve launched a solution that we think will help.
Now, when you share a story, confess or ask a question, you’ll be given the option to provide your email address (or anonymous email address) along with your post. If you choose to do so, an option will appear within the post, allowing others to contact you. YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WILL NOT BE REVEALED unless you reply back to them directly.
You’ll see this feature appear at the bottom of the submission page.
That’s it for now. More changes to come.
PS: Don’t be afraid to share posts. We love that shit.