Get Answers to Business Questions from Industry Experts in a Twitter-Like Format

Last Updated Aug 24, 2010 12:31 AM EDT

Where do you go for answers to your business questions? You might be lucky enough to have a mentor, but most of us have to seek out answers from managers, co-workers, and the Internet. You're an entrepreneur? That's too bad -- trustworthy answers are especially hard to come by. That's why I was intrigued to see a new Web site that offers to connect your business queries with a panel of experts for short, direct, and actionable answers.

Sprouter is sort of like Twitter. Messages are limited to 140 characters (which keeps questions and answers focused and specific), you can follow other members, use hashtags, and even send e-mail-like direct messages.

How it differs from Twitter, though, is in the business value focus. You can send a message out into the Sprout universe, or go to the Answers tab on the site and ask a question that gets directed to an appropriate panelist. Experts include investors, CFOs, marketing gurus, and serial entrepreneurs.

Sprouter also has a location-based focus -- you can zero in on members in your local area -- and organizes online events, which are live Q&A sessions you can join, watch, or even leads.

Check out this video for a quick tour of Sprouter:

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