In 2013, Maciej Cegłowski .in proposed the . The 6 web startups who won got $37 in seed funding and free promotion and networking help from Cegłowski. Various other companies got in on the game, offering small cash injections, or free credit for their online services. I find this oddly cool. It's like a web startup version of the way the Sanders campaign was funded (many small contributions):

@kensanata I just stumbled upon this, so no idea. There's some info about the startups that won here, and how they spent their $37:

I'm curious to find out if Maciej has run it again since. If not, I'm seriously thinking about crowdfunding $300 to run a similar thing myself ;)

@kensanata Of the 6 winners, 3 still answer to the URL published in the article (.org, and .com). redirects to .com so maybe a pivot or an acquisition? A web search turned up nothing for "simple cyber security" except a LinkedIn profile indicating Nik White is now does devOps for (pill company?). No results at all for "sailor forcasts". 4/6 is a better success ratio than most startup incubators.

@kensanata ... and for a total cost of about $300 bucks in cash, plus the time spent setting the whole thing up, reading through applications, promoting the winners, and helping them with networking. That's an insanely high investment>success ratio. I can feel a blog post coming on ...

@strypey I bet Pinboard could earn 100% to 200% of their investment back!

Note that this was 3 years before published , and 4 years before @aral did his talk about unicorns
but it was motivated by a similar disillusionment with the model of financing internet services.

"Pinboard lets you bookmark from any browser, connect up to three Twitter accounts (and favorites), and sync with popular services like Instapaper or Pocket."

I wonder if we could convince Maciej Cegłowski to give users the option to choose three accounts to link instead (or some of each)?

Mastodon to #pinboard via IFTTT: - yes would be nice to have it built in but I think API is likely the way to do it,

Have been thinking about a cross poster which only applies when I boost or fave one of my own toots, a simple & fairly invisible way to flag that doesn't involve using a meaningless tag on Mastodon, cos I dislike seeing an #otherservice tag muddying up posts

Worth noting Maciej's / #pinboard response to #IFTTT attempt at fuckery in 2016 -

I do ♥️ maciej's work and am a big (lazy) fan of the service.

The Twitter to Pinboard thing is something I mean to turn off though, it logs too many random faves!

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