Crunch #011

Your weekly dose of winning startups

Trevor here. Here is this week’s cohort of formidable startups.


🇨🇦 obsidian: A powerful knowledge base that works on top of a local folder of plain text Markdown files. Searches for obsidian are up 1400% over the last year. (Founded 2020, prev funding: bootstrapped)


🇸🇪 Alloverse: VR platform for creating collaborative workspaces. Wants to become the operating system for collaborative workspaces in 3D. (Founded 2019, prev funding: pre-seed)


🇺🇸 Kuleana: Biotechnology enhanced plant-based seafood. Wants to become the Impossible Foods for seafood. (Founded 2019, prev funding: seed)


🇬🇧 QuestDB: Open-source SQL database designed to process time-series based data. Their architecture is designed from the ground up. So it's as close to the hardware structure as possible - offering breakthrough performance. (Founded 2019, prev funding: seed)


🇺🇸 Frontline: Gives developers the ability to launch virtual machines with built-in security and PCI compliance. (Founded 2020, prev funding: pre-seed)


🇺🇸 Ribbon: Ticketing and payments for online events. Automates ticketing, email marketing, CRM, subscriptions, and anything else you may need to host online classes, events, and courses. (Founded 2020, prev funding: seed)


🇨🇦 KeyDB: Fast key-value database. Combines in-memory caching and FLASH persistence in a single package. (Founded 2019, prev funding: seed)


🇺🇸 Workbase: Data and workflow platform for B2B account teams. They help B2B companies reduce churn and grow customer spending. (Founded 2020, prev funding: seed)


🇪🇪 fooddocs: Safety management systems for companies and institutions that serve or sell food. (Founded 2017, prev funding: seed)


🇺🇸 Cycle: Cloud orchestration software for engineers. Empowers development teams to spend more time building and less time managing.  ($15k/mo, Founded: 2015, prev funding: seed/series A)


🇱🇹 AKO Trike: All-electric inverse leaning trike. Fun to steer while providing essential features for a daily urban ride. (Founded: 2019, prev funding: pre-seed)


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