🚀 Crunch #30: Keep Your Social Audience Engaged, Interactive Programming Courses, Secure Your Web Apps, Electric Camper With a Twist

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🇨🇭 FeedHive: Makes it easy for content creators to schedule and cross-post their content. (Founded 2020, Total Funding Amount: bootstrapped)

How it works: Social media management tool that helps you keep your audience engaged. Grow your audience on social media by delivering rich, high-quality content at scale.

Metrics: ~$1k/mo. Around 1,540 registered accounts, and 100-130 daily active users.

Team: Based in Zurich, Switzerland, Simon is the sole founder and worked as a web developer before.

The backstory: “We want to make it easier to create content, and market on social media.” — Founder, Simon Høiberg

Why it’s worth checking out: Simon is a marketing genius. He managed to build a Twitter audience of over 50k in 9 months. Check out the Reddit thread for the full story.


🇺🇸 Slip: Empowers programmers to monetize their knowledge. (Founded 2021, Total Funding Amount: bootstrapped)

How it works: Programmers build and sell their interactive programming courses. It's easier to teach your audience programming concepts with in-browser code execution. See the demo.

We all have something to teach and Slip makes it easy to package and sell this to your audience.

Team: Based in, Fort Worth, Texas. Kenneth is a full-stack developer. With an interest in NLP and Deep Learning in Computer Vision.

The backstory: “The mission is for Slip to be home for all programmers to monetize their knowledge.” — Founder, Kenneth Cassel

Why it’s worth checking out: Slip is gaining traction and programmers love using the platform.

Kenneth made $10k in one month from an online vim course. See the blog post here.


🇮🇳 Beagle Security: Secures your web apps from the latest vulnerabilities. (Founded 2020, Total Funding Amount: bootstrapped)

How it works: The platform provides continuous and automated penetration testing for organizations. This method of testing allows you to stay on top of the latest cyber threats.

Metrics: ~$5k/mo, daily active users: 519 users, weekly active users: 3,156 users

Team: Based in Thiruvananthapuram Taluk, Kerala, India. Rejah Rehim is the founder.

The backstory: “Our mission is to empower businesses to proactively tackle cyber threats and make the internet a safer place.”

Why it’s worth checking out: Governments, large enterprises, and SMB’s should increase their cybersecurity. Could Beagle be the next platform to accustom these security needs?

The global cybersecurity market size was estimated at $167.13 billion in 2020. And is expected to reach $179.96 billion in 2021.


🇱🇻 zeltini: Tiny electric camper that incorporates the functions of a home, a boat, and a trike. Pre-order stage. (Founded 2018, Total Funding Amount: €95k pre-seed round)

How it works: Amphibious e-tricycle camper that offers you the freedom to travel both over land and water. 

It’s ideal for long-distance adventures around the world. Or for weekend relaxing — imagine a weekend get-away deep in nature with this.

Easy and fun ride both on land and water. Z-Triton is being developed as of now and will enter the market somewhere in 2021.

Metrics: 129 pre-orders. The price ranges from €10,5k to €12k. Check out their new landing page for pre-ordering.

Team: Based in Latvia, Aigars Lauzis is the founder and core designer.

The backstory: “We're on a mission to shift the way people travel and engage with nature. By building electric amphibious recreational vehicles. The goal is to develop a range of amphibious products.” — Founder & CEO, Aigars Lauzis


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