When NonStartr popped up on our Twitter feed this morning, we of course found it hilarious–“Its like Klout, but for clowns!”–but then we thought maybe we had seen it before. Turns out Nonstartr is new; one of its creators, Alex Leo, Reuter’s director of product news, told us over Twitter: “We came up w/idea months ago, brainstormed & got domain/accts but [Andrew Cedotal] (who did ALL the work) did it recently.” But it’s also one of many ridiculous startup generators on the Internet that poke fun at some of the silly ideas for companies the recent tech bubble has produced. So without further ado, here is your complete guide to the Internet’s best startup generators.
Creators: Andrew Cedotal and Alex Leo
Registered on: September 19, 2011
Tagline: WTF is my startup pitch?
What it is: Nonstartr takes buzzworthy companies and mashes them up with relatively terrible ideas for companies. The results are quite silly.
Examples: “It’s like Netflix meets Shoedazzle;” “It’s like Foursquare, but for weddings;” “It’s like Warby Parker, but for clergy.”
Ykombinator’s Random Startup Generator
Creators: Shlomi Atar and Gilad Avidan, of Smore.
Registered on: December 30, 2010
What it is: The Random Startup Generator gives you a fake company name, a mission and an explanation of what the fake startup does.
Examples: “GoBuzz is a new and improved way of getting you to the Digg homepage;” “Cloudular is an open source way of reliving past internet memes.”
It’s This For That
Creators: Eric Kerr and Ben Gilbert
Registered on: August 29, 2010
Tagline: Wait, what does your startup do?
What it is: Provides humorous descriptions for fake startups.
Examples: “It’s like an appstore for ex-convicts;” “It’s like Google Analytics for the Army;” “It’s like 1-800-Flowers for the homeless!”
The Startup Generator
Creators: Israel Kirsh and RottenOgre
Registered on: June 16, 2011
Tagline: Generate a start-up and get funding before the bubble bursts!
What it is: Uses the formula “X meets Y meets Z” to produce interesting startup mashups.
Examples: “Ning meets Launchrock meets justin.tv;” “Skype meets Skype meets Skype”