Early Adopter Ratings, Donations, Earnings Now Live

We’ve now made the process of earning rewards for quality ideas, feedback, advice and the monthly site-wide donation central to Erli Bird.

Here’s more clarification on how it works (also see the previous post):

  • When you claim a spot and participate in a Strategic Focus Group, you’ll have an opportunity to earn up to $15 for leaving quality feedback (see prev post for further details).
  • Each month, the Erli Bird community will make a donation to a cause for good. This will change each month based on your suggestions.
  • Each month, you can choose if you’d like to contribute your earnings to the donation or keep them for yourself.
  • We’ll make the donation each month on behalf of the community.
  • If you choose to keep your earnings that month, we’ll add it to your balance.
  • Once your balance reaches $5, you can request payment via PayPal.

Let us know if you have questions. 

Introducing a new type of early adopter project on Erli Bird – the Strategic User Group

Today we’re happy to introduce a new type of early adopter project on Erli Bird – the Strategic User Group.  Startups seeking a Strategic User Group are looking for ideas, advice, praise and criticisms from passionate early adopters. As a user, you’ll earn between $1-$15, depending on the quality of your engagement and feedback. Take the cash, or give it back and help a great cause.

This month’s group donation will go to The One Fund Boston, set up to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013.

Here are more details for the Strategic User Groups:

  • Earn $1-$15 for using the product and providing feedback.
  • You are expected to try the product and leave helpful, constructive ideas, criticism, advice, praise or other feedback. Your reward is based on the quality of your engagement & feedback in comparison to other users of the focus group, as determined by the startup founders.
  • There is a limited pool of reward funds to be divided amongst participants. So, if everyone leaves awesome feedback, the average reward will be lower. If you leave amazing feedback in comparison to others, yours will be closer to $15.
  • Think of the reward as a small thank you for being awesome!
  • Payment will be transferred via PayPal at end of month (no other payment methods will be implemented). Or you can choose to contribute to the site-wide charity donation, which will change each month. It’s your decision, extra spending money, or help a great cause.
  • Payment will be transferred once you accumulate at least $5.
  • Rewards will be issued at the end of each startup’s campaign (typically 1-3 weeks)
  • We will collect PayPal info once rewards are given out
  • Users that don’t provide any value won’t receive a reward. Users that receive a negative rating (e.g. only provide a sentence or two or clearly haven’t used the product) may not be allowed in future user groups.
  • If you have any questions, or suggestions for charities or causes next month, please let us know at team@erlibird.com or post them here.

Top 10 Nerdy Pickup Lines for Valentine’s Day

  1. If you were a booger, I’d pick you first.
  2. Our love is like dividing by zero: you cannot define it.
  3. Excuse me, I think you have something in your eye. Oh wait, it’s just a sparkle.
  4. If I was an enzyme, I’d be helicase so I could unzip your genes.
  5. Baby, you overclock my processor.
  6. Let’s discover our coefficient of friction.
  7. What do you say I RAM your motherboard?
  8. You defragment my life.
  9. My love for you is like diarrhea, I just can’t hold it in.
  10. I wish I were your second derivative so I could fill your concavities.

Bonus anti pickup line: I think you have something on your face…. Oh wait, it’s just your face.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Use wisely and sparingly.

A Thanksgiving Thank You to Our Amazing Users

Thank you to all of our awesome users that have played a role in building the Erli Bird community so far. Your engagement and the quality of your feedback, advice, suggestions, etc has been so helpful to all of the startups we’ve worked with. Keep it up and we can build something great!

Thanks from Erli Bird

Erli Bird - Discover new startups & help shape the next great technology company.

Thanks from Mevvy

Mevvy - You’re not going to like this [if you’re a techie]. Because now everyone can get to the best apps, web tools and software faster.

Thanks from Reppio

Reppio - Stop dealing with Craigslist and join the marketplace revolution!

Thanks from Capriza

CaprizaA different (and ridiculously fast) way for YOU to create mobile apps for work and play. Create your first zApp in under 3 minutes.

Thanks from Drimmit

Drimmit - Achieve your dreams through collaboration with friends, establishing milestones, and more!

Updates To Erli Bird

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Here are some updates we put together recently:

  • You no longer need use the same email to register for the startups we feature as an early adopter. We know you may use various email addresses, so this proved to be difficult. We’re going to continue to provide the objectives and instructions to guide you through using the tool. However, points will only be awarded for (1) claiming your spot +5 (2) Visiting the site/app +10 and (3) Providing feedback +20.
  • More points will be awarded for feedback than for anything else - not just for typing anything, but based on (1) upvotes and (2) feedback that gets marked ‘very helpful’ by the startup.
  • Now you can earn points even for not being excited about a startup we feature. Quality constructive feedback is very important, so we’ve opened up the feedback section for all sites/apps to every Erli Bird user. If you aren’t excited, let them know why, and you’ll earn 10 points in addition to any points you get for being upvoted or for providing “helpful” feedback.
  • We’ve made the goals and levels more evident with progress bars. Reach 450 points, and you’ll become an Insider. We’re in the process of building unique features and tools for Insiders to make Erli Bird more enjoyable and exclusive - Examples include optional instant notification and ability to claim your spot in a new startup a day before anyone else. You’ll also get unique profile and status functionality, and the ability to invite friends to startups that are more limited and already have their spots completely taken.
  • Points will no longer be used for to give boring discounts since most of you weren’t interested. If you want a discount with your current points, we’ll keep that section up for about a week. Instead, we’ll focus on premium features and functionality as described above, along with perks and freebie giveaways when you reach certain point totals.

We’re featured on VentureBeat! Helping startups find early adopters

This week Erli Bird was featured on VentureBeat in an article about helping startups find early adopters! We’re pretty excited about this, as it marks our first major piece of press coverage, and there’s more on the way from other major tech blogs. We’ve now worked with close to 70 startups since our initial beta launch in June. In perhaps the best piece of validation you could ask for, many of these startups have referred others to our site as well.

We want to again give a big thanks to all of our earliest users! Keep on using Erli Bird to discover awesome startups and we’ll only keep getting better.

Erli Bird v1 Website Launch

We’re very excited to be unveiling our new website today!

Thank you to everyone that has helped along the way, and a big thank you to all of our earliest users who have been with us since our initial beta launch in June.

Our goal is to help early adopters discover innovative new startups and have their voice heard. We want to help you have a direct impact in lending your expertise and feedback to help shape today’s most promising companies. And in the process, you’ll get rewarded for it. Complete your objectives, earn rewards, climb the leaderboard, and redeem your points for great discounts in our awesome startup store.

During our beta period we’ve worked with a wide range of new companies - from bootstrapping individuals to larger teams backed by top tech accelerators and investors. We’ve been blessed to have already met a lot of great people and formed quality relationships within the startup community. The one thing that is very clear: Every startup needs help from early adopters- whether the company is backed by $500 or $15M.

Our new site is a big step up from our beta version, but we still have a lot of work to do. You’ll surely run into some technical glitches, bugs, and other problems early on -hopefully nothing too big. Stay with us as we continue to grow and improve. We’ve got an entire Chicago winter approaching so what else are we gonna do? Say hello at team@erlibird.com. Tell all your friends.

Mike Siegler