In order to keep its members better connected and informed in an increasingly hybrid world, Philadelphia Startup Leaders launched a new platform with events, updated corporate and individual profiles, and announcements all in one place.
The organization, which organizes programs and events for start-up entrepreneurs in the Philadelphia area, eventually withdrew its Soft channel as it considers this new platform – PSL connection — to be a more effective means of keeping members informed, Executive Director Isabelle Kent noted.
“Because there are no solid profiles or records on Slack, it’s difficult to track businesses, people, and requests over time,” Kent said. Technically through Slack DM.
The organization’s #general Slack channel currently has nearly 5,000 users, and it’s hard to vet newcomers, so the platform has received “a bit of spam,” she said. PSL Connect offers profiles for individuals and startups, and can help target community members if you’re looking to find someone who is, for example, a social media expert, venture capitalist, or founder.
Profiles share users’ location, title, specialties, interests, and contact details, if they have shared them. In the fall, Kent said, the platform will have group and chat functionality that can host micro-communities for topics like developers, insurtechs and impact entrepreneurs or even communities. geographic like Bucks County or Fishtown.
“The goal is to help members be more self-reliant in finding the most relevant resources, mentors, and connections they need at the stage they’re at,” Kent said. “Additionally, it helps us and other community partners better understand the industries, stages, demands and investments happening in the city.”
Kent added that although the platform launched this week, the organization’s Slack channel will still be around at least until the end of the year. Eventually, the platform will ask for a donation of approximately $20 per month which will allow the organization (which is a non-profit organization) to cover its operating costs and continue to develop the platform. Free memberships will be available for those who might need help, Kent added.