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Mark Surfas
@surfy · Chief Product Instigator
"accelerate the procedure". Looking at this as a product, I'm totally confused by the idea that you "apply" for membership, and you can "fast track" by donating $10. Why not just charge $10 for everyone, period? Or don't charge anything. Or charge it monthly if you want to make it self sustaining. but $10? I found the whole concept so distracting I decided not to sign up.
Leon Pals
@leonpals · Chairman Startup Foundation
@surfy we've experimented with it (and still are). To make sure the peers in the community are committed, we have to screen them some way. We could just ask for an email address and google everyone which would take ages with the hundreds of applications we get, but it also wouldn't show us how committed someone is to contribute. The way it is right now is that it is a little cumbersome to apply, but that drives down the amount of applications (which we check manually). If you're sure you want in though, you can skip that by donating 10,- which we can use to invest in the community someway (time, bloggers, meetups or building new initiatives). Personally I found it a smart way to validate if some people would pay for this (they do) without excluding everyone that doesn't have a credit card. Also, please keep in mind that this is not much more than a very well working MVP. - FYI: about 10% of the unique visitors on hashtagstartup.co actually send in an application, and about 1% of the total amount of unique visitors pays a contribution.
Mark Surfas
@surfy · Chief Product Instigator
@leonpals I got you. Thanks for the reply. :)