Privacy Policy

We always want our policies to be clear and easy to understand — so this Privacy Policy offers a simple breakdown of what happens with your data on TheStartup.com, including which details are public, which are private, and which are shared only with creators whose projects you're supporting.

What We Collect

In order for you to create an account on TheStartup.com and use the Service, we need to collect and process some information. Depending on your use of the Service, that may include:

What’s Private

This data will not be publicly displayed or revealed to other users:

We don’t give your personal information to any third-party services, except when it’s necessary to provide TheStartup.com’s Service (like when we partner with payment processors).

We do reserve the right to disclose personal information when we believe that doing so is reasonably necessary to comply with the law or law enforcement, to prevent fraud or abuse, or to protect TheStartup.com’s legal rights.

What’s Only Shared with Creators

When you back a project, the project’s creator will know your account name and any information you make available to them either through any communication portal made available by the site, or through off-site, third party modes and means of communication, including but not limited to telephonic, email, text, chat room, blogs, standard mail or any other form of communication.

TheStartup.com does not engage in communications or business or personal relationships between service providers or investors.

What’s Public

When you create an account, we create a basic profile page for you on TheStartup.com, containing your account name, the date the account was created, and a list of projects you have backed or launched. Whenever your account name appears on the site (for instance, when you post comments, send messages, or back projects), people can click your account name to see your profile. The profile is not searchable on TheStartup.com or via search engines like Google. Here are some of the things that will be publicly viewable on your profile, or elsewhere on the site:

Creators are also asked to verify their identities before launching a project. Once this has been done, the creator’s Verified Name will be publicly displayed on their account profile and on any projects they launch.

Uses of Your Personal Information

We will use the personal information you provide to:

We take securing your data and preserving your privacy very seriously. We never post anything to your Facebook, Twitter, or other third-party accounts without your permission. TheStartup.com Project Creators never receive investors’ credit card details or other payment information.

Email

We want to communicate with you only if you want to hear from us. We try to keep emails to a minimum and give you the ability to opt out when we can.

We will send you email relating to your personal transactions. You will also receive certain email notifications, from which you may opt out.

We may send you service-related announcements on the rare occasions when it is necessary to do so.

Technology

Cookies are small pieces of information which are issued to your computer when you visit a website and which store and sometimes track information about your use of the Service. TheStartup.com uses cookies to help recognize you as a repeat visitor, to improve the quality of our Service, and to try and make your browsing experience meaningful. When you enter our Site, our web server sends a cookie to your computer which allows us to recognize your computer but not specifically who is using it. By associating the identification numbers in the cookies with other customer information when, for example, you log-in to the Service, we know that the cookie information relates to you. Some of the code and cookies used by our Service are served by us, and some are served by third parties who are delivering services on our behalf.

Most web browsers automatically accept cookies but, if you prefer, you can change your browser to prevent that or to notify you each time a cookie is set. You can also learn more about cookies by visiting www.allaboutcookies.org which includes additional useful information on cookies and how to block cookies using different browsers. By blocking or deleting cookies used on our Service, you may not be able to take full advantage of our Service.

Wrap-up

To modify or delete the personal information you have provided to us, please log in and update your profile. We may retain certain information as required by law or for necessary business purposes.

On request, we will give you a copy of all the personal information about you that we hold. This information is subject to a fee not exceeding the prescribed fee permitted by law.

People under 18 (or the legal age in your jurisdiction) are not permitted to use TheStartup.com on their own, and so this privacy policy makes no provision for their use of the site.

Information that you submit through the Service may be transferred to countries other than where you reside (for example, to our servers in the United States). We will protect all information we receive in accordance with this privacy policy.

For the purposes of the United Kingdom’s Data Protection Act 1998, TheStartup.com is the data controller.

Questions?

If you have questions or suggestions, email us at inquiries@TheStartup.com.

Updated: January 2015