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Could Makerbase be a LinkedIn killer for the tech industry?

Makerbase is like the IMDB of tech creations; could it inadvertently put a dent in LinkedIn’s market share?



Makerbase is the IMDB of business

Almost everyone loves the ease of IMDB when it comes to finding out information about a favorite actor or new movie. It’s a lot of fun to look through who made the film and who played which parts. Not very helpful for business adventures, unless you’re into filmmaking. In the style of IMDB, there’s a new website in town (on the Internet). Find out who designed the business websites and apps that you love with Makerbase.

The founder of Lifehacker, Gina Trapani and blogger/entrepreneur Anil Dash created Makerbase, a database for technology geeks. Search for your favorite technical projects and find out who designed them. Want to know who built Yahoo! Weather? According to Makerbase, Adam Mathes and Marco Wirasinghe are the creators. Click on Mathes’ name, and it pulls up a page of other projects on which he’s worked.

Could LinkedIn lose market share?

Word on the street is that Makerbase will give LinkedIn a run for their money. Makerbase isn’t like Wikipedia, LinkedIn, or Crunchbase. Although Makerbase is editable, like Wikipedia, its focus is technology projects, not general information. Makerbase doesn’t have anywhere to list your school or education, and there’s no room for job titles.

It fills a different role than LinkedIn, but if you need computer design specialists, Makerbase is the place to go. Crunchbase lists funders and founders, not the ones who actually worked on the design.

Makerbase just launched, so it rather sparse

In time, it will be very beneficial in finding the technical expertise that meets your needs. One big problem with Makerbase is that it is editable by its users. Although this means that each individual list their own projects, it also means that they could make up projects, so time will tell how honest the culture of the users keeps the database. Makerbase will be a useful tool, but if you use it to find someone to work on your project, it’s still important to check up on their resume.

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Dawn Brotherton is a Sr. Staff Writer at The American Genius with an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Oklahoma. She is an experienced business writer with over 10 years of experience in SEO and content creation. Since 2017, she has earned $60K+ in grant writing for a local community center, which assists disadvantaged adults in the area.

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