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KPMaker, entrepreneur, product nerd

What are some things Linkedin is NOT doing well that would help startup people?

I'm looking to gauge really how much discomfort there is with Linkedin as a platform for the startup community. For ex: I think it is very B2B focused and gotten too noisy now. It rarely was much use to me in the last 2 years. I've taken an idea from scratch to MVP but mainly had to rely on ProductHunt and IndieHackers and a small list of people (who were smarter than me) for feedback/validation and just learning their insights. What has been your experience? What else can a new platform deliver on? DISCLAIMER: I've just started working on a modern platform for startup centric audience called Knot. I don't have all the answers but want to learn about everything people want.
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@thisiskp_ From a community perspective, it's pretty terrible for fostering real, actual conversation and learning from other founders without it feeling extremely salesy or just cumbersome. Commenting and InMails are my least favorite functions. I personally hate receiving InMails, and commenting on anything and reading what others have said is not the best experience. LinkedIn Groups is possibly one of the most under-developed and under-utilized functions of the platform. The entire experience is pretty terrible and it's so overly bloated without being valuable. But it COULD be GREAT. It has so much potential, but it's bloated. I actually don't notice or mind the B2B vibe vs B2C, but I could see why that's a challenge. I have a hunch most startup people shy away because it's so unlikely that you'll get or see relevant content or ideas. You end up getting a lot of fluffy things that can sometimes motivate, but mostly are distracting. Plus, we're in this to build better products and deliver 🔥 experiences. While LinkedIn has made some big improvements, they also aren't exactly cutting edge either.
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@asiamatos these are some great points Asia. You have touched on an element that turned me away from regular Linkedin use too... the feeling of extremely salesy content. I think people can sniff out whats real and authentic versus what's not. I believe the new platform has to be centered around community and real connections. Not fluff. Also, noted your point on the groups. I think people generally love startup insights/lessons from other smart founders but really there isn't a home for such content. (except Medium) And also getting feedback is almost impossible. No scalable way to get relevant feedback. Another one is the showcase element.. I wonder if there could be a feature that lets you showcase your projects (shipped vs unshipped) instead of a career page with work roles and responsibilities that Linkedin tends to have (resume style).. so many potential ideas.
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@thisiskp_ it is not Angel list.
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