Startup Beat

The startup publication for the 99%

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Oli Griffin — Reporter
Hey everyone, I'm Oli, the new editor of StartUp Beat. We're looking forward to reporting on all the news and views regarding startups from across the world. We think it's important to look beyond the confines of Silicon Valley and the Bay Area (though obviously those startups will be important news stories too!). Anyone checking us out with an interesting startup story, please contact oliver@startupbeat.com - we'd love to hear from all of you.
George Chilton — George SLB Coop
@oliggriffin @startupbeat Congrats on the rebranding Oli & co., it looks great!
Ben Tossell — Community Lead, Product Hunt
What does "publication for the 99%" mean?

This sector is so tough. There are already great established brands covering startup news, TechCrunch, VentureBeat (I could go on of course). What makes startup beat special and how will it compete in this space?

We have such a knowledge overload there are so many places to get info in this day and age.

Also, hope you don't take this to heart, but I feel the site doesn't look as fresh/clean/up to date as others. I understand it's on Wordpress but maybe skinning it differently would help make it pop!
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Oli Griffin — Reporter
@bentossell

Hey Ben, thanks for asking. StartUp Beat is different because we want to take a Humans Of New York approach to startups. We’re big fans of the likes of VentureBeat, TechCrunch and The Next Web but for us their attention has shifted to general tech news (example: covering larger companies such as Apple, Google, etc.). While they are free to do this, it now seems like a lot of smaller yet equally deserving businesses are going ignored.

Many publications are simply not taking a global approach to startup news anymore, which is a shame. Sure, cities and hub centres may get profiled, but the reality is they are treated like distant entities, separate from a global startup scene which is all too often focused on the west.

Thank you for your comments. We're going to be addressing this and making improvements.

There is an information load, you’re right. I think what is most important, is that we've felt historically there was a lot of interesting news with smaller startups that was overlooked. And our goal is to bring them to light.

Very best,

Oli
Ben Tossell — Community Lead, Product Hunt
@oliggriffin Ok cool. I like the whole 'covering the smaller, deserving businesses' and the global aspect.

BUT, combining smaller startups and having the range be a global one - there is going to be SO SO SO much to cover. How do you plan on doing so?

PH is an example of just how many products/companies launch everyday from all around the world. Covering them all will be one hell of a job
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Oli Griffin — Reporter
@bentossell So, what I'm thinking is using a journalistic device, known in the UK as Vox Pops, - voice of the people - to get to as many startups as possible. So, instead of asking the business and tech royalty for their opinions on breaking news, I'd rather reach out to startups for their hot take.

I would not profess to be able to cover every company launch as and when they happen. What I can say is that we will cover startup news first and foremost, and use the opinions of new founders, CEOs and entrepreneurs where we want to use supporting comments.

Thanks, please follow up with more questions if you have them!

Oli
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