Crunch #016

Your weekly dose of winning startups

Trevor here. Back with another cohort of phenomenal startups that are changing the world. Without further ado, here they are!


🇺🇸 Basecraft: Easy-peasy payments. Basecraft is the fastest and easiest way to take payments and register people for your services, subscriptions, and events. $4.7k/mo. Currently in beta. (Founded 2018, prev funding: bootstrapped)

“I've been slowly building Basecraft over the past two and a half years mostly in stealth mode. The product has improved so much from day one, and we've added customers one at a time.” —Founder, Chris Hamrick


🇺🇸 datafold: Data observability platform that helps data teams move faster and with higher confidence. The datafold platform automates data quality analysis, monitoring, and common repetitive tasks in data engineering workflow. (Founded 2020, prev funding: $2.2m seed round)


🇫🇮 GrowthClub: Peer to peer coaching for founders. Founders exchange their growth hacks and receive the emotional support they need to build their side hustles in 1-on-1 video calls. (Founded 2020, prev funding: bootstrapped)

“You will be matched with your peer who is a (co-)founder of a startup. Every week it will be a different founder.” — Founder, Maxim Zavadskiy


🇬🇧 Docamatic: Simple, yet effective API for generating high-quality PDF documents. Provide a URL or raw HTML and let us do the work. (Founded 2020, prev funding: bootstrapped)

”After many years of generating PDF documents and reports, I understand how difficult and time-consuming it can be. I wanted to create a simple API that addresses the issues encountered.” — Founder, Daryl Shannon


🇺🇸 Key Values: Empowers engineers and other tech workers to find teams that share their values. Select your top values and find teams you'll click with. (Founded 2017, prev funding: $120k seed)

“I created Key Values to help software developers like me find engineering teams that share their values.” — Founder, Lynne Tye


🇪🇪 🇳🇴 Alvin: Automates key aspects of data governance — freeing up time and head-space for data professionals to focus on innovating and inventing. (Founded 2018, prev funding: undisclosed)

“Alvin brings advanced data lineage capabilities within the reach of every BI team. Spend your time on the human stuff, and leave the rest to Alvin.” — Founder, Martin Abelson Sahlen


🇩🇪 Type Studio: Text-based online video editing tool. Takes video editing to a new level of simplicity and accessibility. (Founded 2020, prev funding: undisclosed pre-seed round)

“We started building Type Studio because we got frustrated with the way video editing is today.

Video editing is counterintuitive when compared to everything within the modern conventions of UI design and functionality. “— co-founder, Michael Sieb


🇺🇸 VideoTouch: Engage with users through video messages and convert them into paying customers. Using the analytics tool you can gain valuable insights into how users are interacting with your video messages. (Founded 2020, prev funding: bootstrapped)


🇨🇦 SoleSavy: The exclusive sneaker community. Building the next generation of paid communities and marketplaces. Our mission is to make collecting sneakers accessible and bring like-minded communities together. (Founded 2018, prev funding: $2m seed)

”We have connections deep into the sneaker industry across the world that allow us to provide members with accurate and useful information that no one else has.”— co-founder, Dejan Pralica


🇺🇸 Facet: Content-aware image editing in your browser. Facet understands how to mask everything from clothing, hair, and skin tones to textures and quarter-tone luminance ranges. (Founded 2017, prev funding: seed)


🇩🇰 Precure: Develops and researches smart wearables that help reduce the risk of work-related strain injuries by providing a cloud-based real-time body activity analysis. (Founded 2016, prev funding: €456k seed)

“The PRECURE story begins in 2012. Søren is a physiotherapist. He had a patient - Helene - who kept coming back. Month after month. Nothing seemed to help.

Listening to his patient’s problems, Søren conceives the idea of the world’s first digital therapist.

In 2016 and based on his idea, he gathered a team of experts within engineering, data science, and business development, and created the very first version of MLI® Elbow.

A device that helps Helene – and thousands of people like her – to live the life they want to live.” — Founder, Søren Würtz


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