Headstart has been growing fast since a bunch of us started off in 2007. Initially it was just Startup Saturday in Bangalore and then Arpit and Aditya started the Startup Saturday in Mumbai. Now we have grown to 6 cities – Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Pune – where Startup Saturday is held every 2nd Saturday of the month. Startup Saturday are a great way to have face-to-face interactions with other entrepreneurs, founders, investors, service providers and consultants. We have hardly spent any money on publicity but the richness of interactions and the value that Startup Saturdays created help create word-of-mouth publicity. In fact Vivek Wadhwa recently attended Startup Saturday Delhi. He has mentioned Startup Saturdays in his series on Techcrunch.
While Startup Saturday has been great for interacting with local entrepreneurs, the Headstart Network mailing list provides another great platform to interact with other entrepreneurs all across India. We have been deliberately loose with the moderation and have seen several great conversations happen over the mailing list but slowly but surely the mailing list itself is becoming a victim of it’s own success. Earlier we had just 2 moderators but now the count of moderators has grown to 5. The list itself has grown from few hundred members to more than 2500+ members across India. We have had to introduce some guidelines to improve the signal-to-noise ratio of the list and also to make the archives easily searchable since there is a wealth of information there. These are guidelines and not rules as strict enforcement of rules sometimes stifle conversation that we all value so much.
Headstart Mailing List Rules:
Headstart Mailing list has grown to more than 2500+ members consisting of Entrepreneurs, Investors, aspiring entrepreneurs, consultants and service providers from all over India.
The traffic on the mailing list has also grown to more than 400 messages per month. To maintain the quality of messages, the moderators of the mailing list who are volunteers of the Headstart Network Foundation have decided to enforce some rules to maintain the signal-to-noise ratio. This mailing list is primarily for
entrepreneurs and startups so it will help if the posters ask themselves these questions before posting the mailing list (to make the life of moderators easier – BTW these are the questions moderators ask themselves before allowing posting):
1. Has this question been asked before ? – Suggest searching the archives before asking questions on the mailing list. Many questions such as which hosting provider to use have been answered many times
2. How is this information _specifically_ useful for other entrepreneurs or other startups ? – Especially for those posters who post information regarding other conferences / seminars / tutorials / workshops ?
3. Is this a personal reply to the poster ? If then I would request posters to directly answer to the poster and not the mailing list.
4. Is this message relevant to the objectives of the mailing lists (helping startups and entrepreneurs) and does it follow the guidelines of the mailing list ? Please refer the guidelines below before posting.
1. Please prefix informative links and posts with [Link] in the subject of the messages.
2. Please prefix queries with the [Query] in the subject of messages.
3. Please prefix queries regarding events such as conferences / seminars / worskhops with [Event] in the subject of messages. Also putting the deadline (if any) in the subject is useful.
4. Please prefix messages for office space / space sharing with [Office Space] in the subject. Putting the locations of the area & city (such as Indiranagar, Bangalore) in the subject header should it make it easy to search.
5. Please prefix offers for Funding / Investing startups with [Fund]
6. Please prefix hiring / jobs descriptions with [Jobs]. Also describe what your startup does (with founders background) and if you offer options/other facilities. If the jobs are not for startups these posts will be rejected.
Last but not the least Please read “How to ask Questions the smart way ?”. This is directed mainly towards technical folks but is still useful for other people. This will increase the probability of finding the answers to your questions quickly.
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