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Published 02/04/2011 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

One of the most difficult aspects of having a good idea is finding the resources necessary to make it a reality. The internet has proven its ability to bring together people and resources. The problem is this is not always done in a centralized, organized fashion. eBackers is intended to give people with good ideas a way to get in touch with those who have the skills or resources they need to make their idea happen. The website features a list of items posted by users. The user can request anything, from seed funding to someone with a specific skill to help build a business or product. A software developer can seek out willing beta testers while an innovative entrepreneur can find someone who will financially back their endeavor. eBackers tries to keep things on the up and up by removing any requests posted that are related to scams, get rich quick schemes, adult services as well as any kind of service promotion or selling. The site also welcomes requests from all over the world, but stresses that the site is in English and the request must be readable in that language.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

eBackers was founded in December of 2010 by Marco Massaro. Based out of New Haven, Connecticut, the company consists of fewer than five individuals. It was conceived to give users a way to work better through the internet. Today, eBacker’s message board helps many professionals and individuals come together to build new, innovative things and find success.

What are the differences to other apps?

It is hard to come by a good, reliable source for finding partners, investors and skilled individuals. eBackers stands out because it does all of that. It is a message board that allows users to reach out to others who might be able to help them. The service sounds simple enough, but can mean the difference between success and never getting off the ground for some individuals.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The eBackers website maintains a simple, yet pleasant design. The overall color scheme is yellow, with a soft solid background and a few variations of the golden hue that make the site more visually appealing. Users can browse a list of recently added requests right on the homepage or search through them using a convenient search requests tool positioned at the top of the list. A handful of black navigation links are nestled in the upper, right hand corner to help users learn more about the site before using it.

How does the registration process work?

eBackers doesn’t have an official registration form for its users. The site offers two sign up functions. The first is by clicking the black “Subscribe” link in the top, right hand corner of the homepage. This will take the user to the email request form to subscribe to the eBacker’s newsletter. The other option is to begin entering a request. The user can enter their request in the space provided and submit it. After doing so, a “Post a Request” form appears and asks the user for a title, optional URL (if relevant), email address for contact (which is made anonymous on the website much like Craig’s List), and a description. The description field includes basic text editing tools such as bold, italics, bullets and linking capability so the user can explain their need in depth. To respond to a request, the user needs to view it and use the email address provided.

What does it cost to use the application?

The price of eBackers is another benefit for all users. There are no subscription fees or charges for using this service. Anyone can visit the site and create a new request or respond to one. The site doesn’t ask users for an official registration, either, so there really isn’t a way to track the user or ask for payment anyway. The service is simple, but can be very helpful for some users. eBackers also does not guarantee that a posting is valid or legitimate. The site does its best to screen each request (which is a manual process for all new requests) however it is ultimately up to the user to rely on their common sense and best judgment.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Anyone who needs help making an internet idea come to life can benefit from checking out eBackers. The site is very easy to use and offers a simple service that works. Users can make a post or see what is out there that could turn into the next big thing.

  • Add a post to request a need for funding, a partner or a skill
  • Search through existing posts using the search tool
  • Respond to posts made by others to discuss a possible partnership
  • The ability to subscribe to the eBacker’s newsletter
  • Anonymous public email view to protect users from spam

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