You’ve got an idea, settled the team, worked like hell days and nights on your product or service.. and what should you do then? How to open the door to the market, get early adopters and spread the word about your startup to the world?
You should know that there exist specially dedicated platforms, committed to help startups to make the first steps in this direction and start telling the world about your project. Listing your startup in such platforms (or as we call them directories) will help you reach the first audience, get in touch with test users and ask for a feedback, get exposure among target investors and spread the word about your startup in tens of partnering resources and social media which are following this or that startup directory.
Just a note: it is not a comprehensive guide on marketing of your startup or getting traffic to your application – not at all! It is just a list of the most actual and effective startup directories which will help you to meet your first goals.
When I first was seeking for platforms to list my startup, I’ve got tons of links in google. But! Most of them were out-of-date, some of them we even dead and others proposed some bizarre resources which made me concerned on the quality of the directory.
Finally, it took me several weeks to get rid of all the rubbish and create a list of high quality startup directories and platforms where it makes sense to spend some time and list your startup, because of what you’ll get in return: the attention from the audience and investors, early adopters and quality network, first exposure and promotion of your startup, etc.
So, let’s save your time – here is the list:
Product Hunt – a directory of new products in variety of fields: from IoT and mobile apps to software and even online services.
BetaList – a place to share beta stage IT startup with the world and get early user feedback
InnMind – a global directory of innovative startups: gives you exposure, promotion opportunities and access to the target investors
Crunch Base – a place to submit your startup profile and follow others
AngelList – a place to pitch for investors and to hire employees
Startup Beat – a pitchdesk for early stage startups
Killer Startups – an another pitch desk, but without stage limitations
The Startup Pitch - and one more platform to pitch your startup or application
SignUp First – a place to get early adopters in exchange of exclusive deals
Founderdating – a place to find co-founders, team members or like-minded professionals
Venture Beat – a platform to submit a story about tech startup
Ycombinator - a place to submit your startup announces and/or ask for an advice
Breakpoint - a place to share and receive feedback on your side projects and startups
YourStory – a platform to tell your startup story and promote it on the internet. Mostly for India based startups.
/Startups - a largest reddit community of startups, a good place to list your project, ask advice and find early adopters
I Am Wire - a place to submit the digital startup and share your story
F6S - a platform to submit your startup and apply for acceleration programs
UPD: here are some really good links, recommended in the comments:
Startup Blink - a global map of startups, where you can submit your startup and pin your location
Submit.co - a place to get press coverage for your startup
Transparent startups - a place to submit and discover startups with transparent revenue numbers
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PS: Being a founder of an early stage startup is the best and the worst experience for the entrepreneurial mind. It requires tons of hard work and efforts, plenty of energy and commitment from your side. But at the end of the day it always worth it! So I hope that this list of the startup directories will save some of your time and energy during your project development and help you in your first steps of spreading the word about your startup, getting early adopters and search for investors.
Let me know if I have missed any useful links - let's make this list comprehensive together for the benefits of all startups comminity! And - I cross my fingers for your success ;)
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