Beta List Criteria
This is Marc, founder of Beta List. As I haven't had the time yet to set up a decent FAQ page on the site I figured I'd create a quick post answering the most frequently asked question on Beta List: Why isn't my startup eligible to be posted on the site?
I get this questions several times a day which is why unfortunately I can't answer each and every one personally so that's why you're reading it there.
To be posted on Beta List the most important selection criterium is that your startup isn't publicly available yet. In other words: it should either not be accessible yet at all (but allow people to sign up for a mailing list), or it's only accessible via a special link or invite code.
The reason for this criterium is that I want to provide the audience of Beta List with a list of just the newest startups and the only way to make a clear distinction between a new startup and one that has existed for a while is by it's availability. Unfortunately this does means some great startups that maybe only launched a few days ago don't make the cut, but I can't check out the details for each and every startup. There are just not enough hours in the day.
That said, I do realize our audience is missing out on some great startups because of this which is why I'm looking for a way to solve this and still get your startup the exposure you're looking for. Either by having the community moderate submissions or by finding other ways to check the newness of the startup. Until that's ready though, I do have to decline every startup that is publicly accessible (e.g. anyone that visits the homepage can join).
I suggest you submit your startup anyway if you haven't already ( http://betali.st/submit ) as this way I'll have your info on file and can notify you when we start accepting live startups.
If you have any questions about this please feel free to contact me ( firstname.lastname@example.org ), but understand I can't make exceptions as that's what every startup is asking for.