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Start.me logo.svg
Type of businessLimited
Available inMultilingual
FoundedThe Hague, 2014
The Hague
Area servedWorldwide
Founder(s)Arjen Robijn and Michiel de Wit
Alexa rankPositive decrease 11,160 (March 2016).[1]
Launched2014; 7 years ago (2014)
Current statusActive

start.me is a cloud-based personal start page service, integrating bookmark management and RSS reader functionality, launched May 2014 in the Netherlands.

Users of start.me, either registered or anonymous, can create pages consisting of bookmark blocks, news feeds and other types of widgets (including local weather forecasts, a calendar supporting iCal, notes, to-do lists, support for POP3, IMAP4 email[2] as well as several webmail providers including Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, and AOL Mail). The service allows users to customize and share pages.

Basic support for use in professional environments was added in the second half of 2014[3] with a product for teams that allows private sharing and co-authoring pages within the context of an organization.


start.me started with a different name: a prototype named Yourls was launched in September 2012.[4] In August 2013 the service was rebranded STARTME,[5], because the old name Yourls was found to be too hard to remember. After the acquisition of the premium .me domain name start.me, the service was rebranded to its current name.

The service has grown substantially[6] since Google announced it would discontinue iGoogle. In 2015, start.me engaged in a partnership with Firefox-based browser Pale Moon, which further helped it grow. As part of this partnership, start.me was made the default start page of the browser.[7]

start.me was founded by Arjen Robijn and is entirely self-funded.[8] Co-founder Michiel de Wit joined the project in the end of 2013.[9]


  1. "Start.me Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  2. "Get widgets on your browser's start page". Webuser. UK: Dennis Publishing (391): 52–53. 24 February 2016. ISSN 1473-7094.
  3. "Organizations for start.me in BETA". start.me Blog. start.me. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  4. "Archived copy of Yourls.com". Yourls.com. Archived from the original on 17 September 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  5. "About Us". Yourls.com. Archived from the original on 25 August 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  6. Alan Henry (13 March 2016). "Start.me Offers Customizable Start Pages You Can Use In Any Browser, on Any Computer". Lifehacker. Gawker Media. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  7. Martin Brinkmann (11 February 2015). "This is Pale Moon's new start page". gHacks. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  8. Robert van den Oever (6 August 2014). "'Prachtig als je vanuit je eigen cashflow kunt groeien'". Sprout (in Dutch). MT MediaGroep. Retrieved 22 January 2016.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  9. André Sonneville (29 January 2016). "Nieuw Internetbedrijf start.me wil 2% groei per week". PersPodium (in Dutch). Retrieved 14 March 2016.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)

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