Joe Swan


FounderPanel 20110927
Santa Monica, CA 90403


Manhattan Beach, CAUSA 90266

Member since:

June 24, 2012


I am the founder of, a Wikipedia-like site, but geared toward current issues (e.g. social and political). The site is ready for beta testing, but I need a new developer to take over for my current guy who has other obligations.

What type of company are you looking to start?

TruthZoom is already active. It is a site that allows people to discuss and analyze current issues using a platform in which the most relevant and highly supported points are organized into an intuitive structure. That structure can be used by others to quickly understand the competing considerations on both sides of the issue, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of those considerations. In short, TruthZoom cuts through the clutter and noise around current issues through the use of true crowd-sourced debate and analysis.

What skills do you bring to the table?

I did a significant amount of the design of TruthZoom and then supervised its development. As a transactional attorney for a number of years, I bring a variety of legal and business skills to the table. Also, as an attorney I have significant experience in breaking down and analyzing issues, i.e., the domain experience necessary to run TruthZoom. I also have a Masters degree in electrical engineering and worked as an engineer for 4 1/2 years prior to law school, including a significant amount of coding. Although I do not have any hands-on experience in the current languages and platforms, I have a general overview understanding of most technical issues and can easily get up to speed on most others.

What skills in a cofounder are you looking for?

TruthZoom has been created in ASP.NET using Visual Basic and MySQL. It has gone through alpha testing and is now ready for beta testing. I am looking for someone who is highly competent and is able to take over development of the site (which should only involve small tweaks in the near future). In addition, I would like someone who has a strong interest in social or political issues, and who has at least as much interest in making a difference in the world as in making money.

Are you open to joining another team?

Only as a joint venture that includes TruthZoom.

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