Makerbase is a new project that hopes to be a collection of people and their digital creations, or a directory of who’s who of tech.
“This event was off the charts”
Gary Vaynerchuk was so impressed with TNW Conference 2016 he paused mid-talk to applaud us.
The new service was built by Anil Dash and Gina Trapani, the founders behind social insight service ThinkUp.
Makerbase is free and fully editable by any signed in user, which allows anyone to add information about a maker or project. Makerbase then pulls in information automatically from Twitter or the App Store.
The pair built the service “because music has liner notes and movies have credits, but what do apps have?”
Dash said that it’s a “powerful tool for opening up opportunity in the industry” because it gives those outside of it insight into who’s making things and how to contact them.
Makerbase also tracks changes to projects over time, so you can see how the description evolved over the years. It’s easy to use and add your own projects — you can see mine, for example, here.
Makerbase is also part of The White House’s demo day today.
— Anil Dash (@anildash) August 4, 2015
If you want to get yourself on the service all you’ll need is a Twitter profile to sign in.
I like the premise of Makerbase, even though it’s fairly basic right now. It’s far more useful than LinkedIn for getting information in the tech industry — if it gains a critical mass of users, it could be the new go-to place for tracking what people are up to in their professional lives.