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find internet startupThrough the caverns of the Internet, I’ve managed to get put on rather quickly to some of today’s hottest Internet startups such as ifttt, Instagram Apple Picks Instagram iPhone App Of the Year [News] Apple Picks Instagram iPhone App Of the Year [News] Two photo iOS photo apps gained top honors as Apple's annual App Store Rewind 2011. Instagram, an photo editing and sharing app, was named iPhone App of the Year, and Snapseed, a photo enhancement app,... Read More , and turntable.fm. Startups and betas are as popular as they’ve ever been, and I can promise you that every single day a brand new startup is launched that will garner attention and is probably worth joining.

Until recently, it’s been pretty tough finding these little guys in the wide space of the Internet. Luckily, we’ve got a few sites that aggregate the best of them and show them to you, so you can be the first of all of your friends to get invited. Maybe you’ll even get a vanity username.

Where in one of my last posts I only dangled the meat in front of you The Best 3 Private Torrent Trackers That You Should Be Invited To The Best 3 Private Torrent Trackers That You Should Be Invited To Just like the good old Napster days though, public torrent sites and trackers are riddled with trojans and other garbage. The best way to enjoy your filesharing experience is getting an invite to one of... Read More , you’re getting it all this time. I’ve put together four really great sites that not only act as directories for startups and betas, but very often also have exclusive invites just for you. No more rabid comments.

Beta Li.st

Beta List was really the one to start it all off and really popularize beta indexing. Maybe it wasn’t the first, but in my opinion it is definitely the best. It’s a simple paginated directory that does nothing more than update daily with (usually) anywhere in between two and ten brand new startups and betas per day.

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Arguably the biggest perk about Beta List is that they often have very exclusive, sometimes very limited, invites that are special to their users only. As new betas develop, a lot of them go right to Beta List to get their first batch of test users, and you can take advantage of that if you’re quick. These guys are the alpha of betas. See how I did that?

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The Museum of Modern Betas (MoMB)

MoMB is a very simple, very quick way to get your daily fix of betas. MoMB is more of a blog style vs. Beta List, and the entries are separated by type: invite-only, beta, etc.

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MoMB tends to carry the more obscure betas (though they also cover the mainstream ones as well). You’ll see MoMB and Beta Li.st overlap in listings quite often, but I’ve noticed that both seem to pick up the slack of the other and push out interesting new ones that you won’t see if you’re browsing just one of the two. Good listing, easy to read, fast, etc.

StartupLi.st

StartupLi.st seems to be fail-proof, meaning if that your startup is destined to flop within the next couple of months then you won’t be listed on this directory. That can’t be said about the others. StartupLi.st takes a more white collar approach to betas.

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Good list here, not updated quite as often as those aforementioned, but for good reason.

Go2web20

Web 2.0 is becoming an extinct phrase as Web 1.0 is put far behind us, but Go2web20 does a good job at reminding us what fits the Web 2.0 mold. Like StartupLi.st, Go2web20 only posts tried and true services that have a good shot at escaping beta and reaching a respectable state of development.

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On the front page right now, I’m seeing names like ifttt 10 Great ifttt Recipes To Automate Your Web Life 10 Great ifttt Recipes To Automate Your Web Life We’ve already introduced you to ifttt in a previous post and there have been several improvements made and new channels added to the web application since then. Automation and synchronization are two points that have... Read More and Pinterest Create Virtual Pinboards Of Your Favourite Images With Pinterest [100 Invites] Create Virtual Pinboards Of Your Favourite Images With Pinterest [100 Invites] Read More (which we gave out 100 invites for way back in January of last year) so you can see that it’s a pretty tough list to squeeze on to. Great list if you don’t want to waste your time and you’re looking for mainstream startups that are eventually going to break into the vocabulary of thousands.

Startups are just about as popular as personal websites were back in the day, so jump on this! Like I said, I’ve found some very cool services, very early in their development and you can also.

If you’ve got a startup of your own, maybe you should check out Upstartly or BetaBait. Both services can help you get up off of the ground and on to one of these great lists!  Where else do you get your beta fix from?

  1. Ziad
    May 11, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Hello, it would be great if you could add to your directory list my newly developed blog that posts interviews done with new startups.

    My blog is: http://www.start-ups.co

    Thanks!

  2. jenny
    February 23, 2012 at 7:11 am

    I would start with http://www.wickedstartups.com 

  3. Nick Frost
    January 31, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Thanks a lot for including StartupList :) I really appreciate your support, and sorry for the lack of updates. You're right that I look for quality startups, and have some neat things in the works for StartupList. Let's just say it'll be a fun and social experience. Thanks again! 

    • Craig Snyder
      February 2, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      Thanks too for running the site!

  4. Marc Köhlbrugge
    January 26, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Thanks for the post Craig. I appreciate your kind words about Beta List!

    • Craig Snyder
      February 2, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      A premiere site you guys run over there!

  5. Productive Web Apps
    January 22, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Can I throw my site in the ring as well? Productive Web Apps

  6. Anonymous
    January 22, 2012 at 8:10 am

    OnlineBeta.com is a great site to register for hardware and software beta tests.

    • Aibek
      January 23, 2012 at 6:49 am

      thanks for the link, just forwarded it tot our directory team to check it out

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