get a lot of mail here at Web Lab, and we make every attempt to answer
each request personally. There are a few requests that we see again and
again, however, for services we just don't provide. Take a minute to review
the questions and answers below to see if Web Lab is indeed the place
do we! Aw, just teasing. (No, really we
do.) Web Lab is a small nonprofit currently funded by grants from
private foundations. We are not a grant making organization ourselves.
Through our Web Development Fund, we have provided financial and other
support (not grants) for a handful of innovative projects, but we only
accept proposals through a formal submission
you are looking for emergency support, start up assistance, or development
funds, please take a minute to review the list of resources
we have compiled.
Please read my business plan.
We're awfully flattered that so many people write to us with a business
plan for review, but it makes us wonder if they really know what we're
up to. A few things to keep in mind: Web Lab is a not-for-profit organization.
(Most business plans usually have some profit in mind, and that's not
really our terrain.) Web Lab is not a venture capital firm (and we don't
have money to burn.) Web Lab is very excited about innovation on the Web,
but our focus is not on commerce. (You might even say we're critical of
sites with a sole focus on income generation.)
if you have that business plan in hand, we will offer a good resource
for critiquing it yourself. After that, you're on your own! (Just don't
forget about us come IPO!) Go
to this site and see their tips for building a sound business plan: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/cie/businessplans.html
Will you critique my site?
With our very small staff, Web Lab simply doesn't have the human resources
to meet all the requests to critique a new site. The Net is full of resources
on good site design though, and there are a million experts out there,
so fire up the old search engine. You can also start by asking your friends...
and then move on to your enemies. And if your site addresses a specific
issue or topic, there's bound to be a listserv or newsgroup out there
filled with others of like interests.
if we can't get back to you with a review of your site, we support you
in your efforts! It's everybody's Web, and anyone out there building it
for the better deserves commendation. Consider yourself commended!
How can I hire Web Lab to
work on my site?
Web Lab is not an agency. We're not a shop. We're not in the business
of building commissioned sites. So the short answer is, you can't. But
the long answer is there are literally thousands of shops out there. If
it's Web Lab's mission that attracts you, ask your prospective shop about
its own mission. You might be surprised to see there's still some of that
spirit of '95 alive! And if you were attracted to Web Lab because you
thought we did Web work for cheap or free, we're sorry to disappoint,
but we've compiled this list of resources
that may be of assistance.
I have a site that needs funding. Can I become
a WDF partner?
If you have a site that needs funding, we suggest you check out our list
of resources. If you think it's a site that would be eligible for
WDF support, please read up on the WDF and
subscribe to our newsletter
so you will be aware of any future calls for proposals. Please keep in
mind that a WDF partner is a sponsoring organization (i.e., it is the
contributor, not the recipient of funds). If you'd like complete information
on the WDF partners program, you can read
about it here.
are you going to host another Silicon Alley Talent Show?
That first talent
show was a lot of fun, but a lot of work. We didn't end up making
a dime off of it, although we did make quite a splash. Besides, after
you've levitated Red Burns and had three middle-aged men in diapers cuddle
at the feet of Nicholas Negroponte, what do you do for an encore?