🚀 Startups Crushing It! — Edition #013

Your weekly dose of winning startups

Indrek here. Back with another edition of Startups Crushing It!

In case you’re on the free readership plan— I’ve got you covered. Here are the previous posts you missed earlier.

Without further ado — here’s this week’s cohort of awesome startups.


🇩🇪 Strive School: Training the next generation of software engineers in Europe. Strive School works with those pursuing STEM fields to help them become job-ready software engineers. (Founded: 2019, prev funding: angel round)

🇺🇸 chilipepper: Create beautiful forms that are connected to your Notion pages. Built to look great in Notion. Embed easily on any page — public or private. Currently in beta. (Founded 2020, prev funding: bootstrapped)

🇬🇧 flippednormals: The only curated CG marketplace. High-quality training & resources by the world's best artists. $37k/mo. (Founded: 2013, prev funding: bootstrapped)

“We filter everything but the highest quality tutorials and resources, so our customers don't have to.” — Founder, Morten Jaeger

🇺🇸 The Agent Nest: Marketing platform for real estate agencies. Never worry about marketing materials for your business again. $5.8k/mo. (Founded: 2019, prev funding: bootstrapped)

“My girlfriend and I created The Agent Nest, so we could work on a project together. This was a great chance for us to use her marketing skills, and my programming skills.” — Founder, Shane White

🇺🇸 SuperTokens: Sign-in and session management solution for web and mobile apps. Open-source alternative to Auth0, AWS Cognito, or Firebase Auth. (Founded 2019, prev funding: seed)

🇪🇪 Plausible Analytics: A simple and privacy-friendly alternative to Google Analytics. No cookies and fully compliant with GDPR, CCPA, and PECR. $10k/mo. (Founded 2019, prev funding: bootstrapped)

“We got fed up with Google making more and more evil choices. So we started de-googling our own lives and websites.

We also wanted to help fight back by creating a simple, useful, and privacy-first alternative to Google Analytics for other site owners” — co-founder, Marko Saric

🇨🇦 Spart: A new social media app for artists that encourages collaboration and community building. Fuel your creativity. (Founded 2019, prev funding: bootstrapped)

🇬🇧 Thankbox: Send group cards online. Thankbox is a simple and enjoyable way of collecting messages and funds from family, friends, or colleagues. $5k/mo — (Founded 2020, bootstrapped)

“Thankbox addresses a key frustration I've faced in the many different teams I've worked with -- how to celebrate a member's occasion. Be it a birthday, farewell or just expressing gratitude for a job well done.” — Founder, Valentin Hinov

🇫🇮 Beeper: All your chats in one app. Search, snooze, or archive messages. And with a unified inbox, you’ll never miss a message again. (Founded 2020, prev funding: bootstrapped)

🇺🇸 stagger: Visual storytelling platform. Studies a brand's creativity through machine learning to help tell an effective story. Currently in beta. (Founded 2019, prev funding: bootstrapped)

🇹🇷 Screpy: All-in-one and AI-powered SEO and website analysis tool. One dashboard, all your websites. (Founded 2020, prev funding: bootstrapped)

🇪🇪 Vok Bike: City bike, made for couriers. When a car is too much, yet a scooter is not enough. VOK is the smartest vehicle for greener cities. (Founded 2019, prev funding: pre-seed)

“Vok is developed for couriers and postal workers. It’s way more economical than a car, but still offers stability, safety, and comfort.

Includes a spacious cargo compartment and a maximum speed of 25km/h are perfect for swift urban deliveries”.  — Founder, Indrek Petjärv


📙 Startups Crushing It! Startup Directory

Here are the most promising early-stage technology startups in a database. Based across the US and the EU. Accessible via Airtable.

Productivity hint: If you like a startup from the list above — You can open the Airtable database and press CMD + F or Ctrl + F to search for the startup.

From there, you can look up any information about the startup, including founder contacts.

This saves you a ton of time and research. You can also apply more filters to search by cities, industries, etc.

The startup database is available to all paid subscribers.


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I spend a lot of time researching and testing the products. I do this so I can bring you the highest quality startups. I have no affiliation with any of the startups mentioned above.

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