Over the past year, I’ve had several friends and colleagues break out from their corporate jobs and start up their own companies. As such, I wanted to point folks over to their efforts, as there are several stand-out efforts that are worth checking out.
An events service that lets you send out beautiful, custom-designed invitations to your own list and doesn’t require signup of your guests.
A series of topic-based sites aggregating cream-of-the-crop sources most topical to each category. Fast3r (a motorcycle enthusiast site) and Vot3r (a timely election site) are both live.
A safe place where things hang out and find who has stories involving them.
A collection of folks’ favorite things, broken into popular categories. Think of it as one central place to enter your Top Ten lists for books, movies, games, music, etc. While still in private beta, you can signup easily, and approval comes quickly.
A Facebook App for users to plot out timelines of their life events, Dipity can leverage your existing social timeline captured by Facebook to pre-populate your life story.
If you got a minute, take a gander at each. They’re each working diligently to incorporate user feedback into their products, and deserve a larger user base.