One of the more fun things to watch in the Seattle startup scene is Marcelo Calbucci’s SSI, Seattle Startup Index that he publishes every month. This month is no different, but he is also seeing a sharp uptick in new startups being formed. Given the employment environment, it is not surprising that many more people who are unemployed and might have a good idea are out there coding, developing, marketing and project managing themselves to their own success and not waiting on the economy to recover.
From a startup junkie viewpoint, Marcelo is saying that 22 new startups are on the list, and that is a good thing. One of the things I have noted throughout this recession is that more people of any age are more likely to go out there and start doing their own thing rather than waiting on state aide, or otherwise waiting for someone to hire them. I still subscribe to the idea that not everyone can run a startup, but when you have a little financing, an idea, and a way to create it, there is no sense in waiting on someone else, just get out there and do it.
The top ten list is still the same old list except for the addition of Survey Analytics making it into the top ten for the first time. But here is how the top 10 break out.
2. Pet Holdings of I can has Cheezeburger and Fail Blog fame
3. ILike (one of my favorite sites for music)
4. Robot Co-Op
5. Picnik (Which also swept the Seattle 2.0 awards this year)
6. Buddy TV
7. Car Domain
8. Wet Paint
9. Survey Analytics (Congrats on making it into the top 10!)
10. Pay Scale
In all this is a great list of the top 10 of attention seeking and user signup behavior on the part of these startups. This is what makes Seattle such a dynamic place when it comes to running a startup, the competitive nature is there, but it is all friendly. Gist, who I will be visiting on Friday scored in 72end place, but the more I use it the more I love it. When they go into public beta you definitely want to give them a try. What is also interesting about this list is that it is not just technology startups, Thrift Books came in at 86. Remind me to register my own startup at some point with Seattle 2.0.
(Cross-posted @ TechWag)
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