Re: Beta testers needed
Oops I should have included a more detailed description in the first post... In a nutshell, the site provides services to non-profits and other groups. Part of that is fundraising via online shopping, searching, etc., which is sort of like the model of upromise.com, schoolpop.com, igive.com (if you are familiar with those). I don't know if that is what you meant by sales site. If you want to buy flowers for your wife's birthday, you can shop via the site and it will earn 10% of your purchase for whatever charity (or internet site or blog or whatever) you have selected. (Or if you want to have the American Cancer Society earn 1 cent every time you search on Google or Yahoo, we facilitate that.) Based on that there is a social networking component, where you can see who else is shopping for the same charities, or buying from the same stores, or buying the same products... potentially you could meet some nice ladies that way... and you can cross reference message boards and blogs that you read... that sort of thing. Not every part of it is novel (the affiliate commission model is obviously not), but nonetheless a lot of work has been put into it, and it has some neat applications.
So if for instance the retire early message board was costing a lot of money to host, all of us as posters could shop at a portal site set up for it, and our commissions would go to help run the site... I'm not sure how much if any money is needed to host this site, so that might be a bad example. Just in case I sound like too much of a salesman, we aren't really trying to profit from this (100% of the commission rebate is sent to the charity, blog, whatever), which gives us an advantage over those other sites. We are able to do this because MIT has hosted us as a social development startup which means our development costs have been close to zero.
And if anybody knows of or is involved with local non profits who could benefit from this sort of thing then please email me too!