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February 2, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Three-week startup OnCompare launches

A group of 10 Web entrepreneurs in Seattle managed to build and launch a startup in three weeks.

The company, called OnCompare, is a Yelp-like recommendation service for rating and discussing software-as-as-service offerings.

“Chief explorer” Justin Wilcox, a former Microsoft engineer who was previously chief technology officer and co-founder of Nimbus Health, set the deadline because he’s moving to San Francisco. (Here’s his image from the OnCompare team page)

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It began on Jan. 6, according to a mini-manifesto Wilcox posted on a blog, “3 Weeks to Live,” that tracked the venture:

“Last night, my good friend Aaron (Jensen) & I hatched a really solid plan: start a revenue generating company in 3 weeks.

“The two of us are currently ‘in-between’ opportunities and decided to make some lemonade. Why not execute on a vision that may have some monetization hurdles but otherwise provides piles of value? It’ll be fun, we’ll learn something, it’ll help people and, who knows, maybe someday, it’ll buy us coffee.

“Besides, I’m heading to San Francisco in 3 weeks — let’s make the most of my time here.”

A screenshot of the website:

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