Wednesday, April 25, 2007

RejectedByYC.com

I launched RejectedByYC.com yesterday at 3:00 AM, to a resounding thud. Response was generally negative, mostly because people didn't like the RejectedByYC name and logo. Too negative, too close to yCombinator, and basically too much of a ripoff.

So Mike and I brainstormed some ideas. Eventually we came up with Bootstrapacitor, from "Bootstrap" and "Capacitor", the idea being that we store up energy until the startup explodes in a bolt of lightning. There're also neat potential puns with the flux capacitor, which after all is shaped like a Y(Combinator). And we're not going back to the future, we're inventing the future.

Yesterday I added the stats page, and this morning I moved the announce link to the layout (for those who've already registered startups) and added Markdown support. Mike came up with a logo last night, so I may try to add that in today and adjust the layout. And we've already registered bootstrapacitor.com, so the site needs to be switched over to that domain.

We are facing an issue over time allocation, though - in many ways, Bootstrapacitor is a distraction from our main business, which is Flash game creation. Mike has made a lot of progress on the game creation engine, so we'll want to launch Diffle.com and start integrating games in with it. I'm hoping that Bootstrapacitor is something that'll speed things up and give us publicity, but if it flops again, we may be better off just concentrating on the games and pushing that out.

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