For those working in tech, finding and making valuable connections can prove challenging.
Welcome to Makerbase, a new site launching today at the White House’s Demo Day event (broadcasting online live today at 12:40 p.m. PT). The site, founded by New York-based tech entrepreneurs Gina Trapani and Anil Dash of the ThinkUp app, is looking to build a “database of digital projects like apps, websites or artworks, and the makers who create them.”
Part online portfolio, part social-networking site, Makerbase hopes to be all-inclusive, especially encouraging underserved people in tech to post and connect with other makers.
“If you love movies,” Dash told the Verge, “you can sit through the credits, and if you love music, you can read the liner notes. But if you love apps and spend all your time on websites, there’s no way to know who made them.”
Users log in with Twitter, then can view profiles of other makers searching by topic, say “Nintendo Super Mario” or “Microsoft Windows 10” to see who worked on those projects, or create their own profiles, posting their digital work. Makerbase is free for everyone to use, its business model based on sponsorship dollars.
There are no boundaries to connect either, so “those [who] traditionally have difficulty breaking into the tech industry will finally have access to a hopefully more inclusive online community,” reports the Verge. Makerbase sounds like it has the potential to become a great place to recruit new talent, too.
The site launched in January and reports that they have about 100 users to date, but as they write on their site, “Anyone who makes things on the Internet should be here on Makerbase.”