Crunch #017

Your weekly dose of winning startups

🇺🇸 Contra: A new and modern professional network for flexible work. Build your career around the life you want. (Founded 2019, prev funding: pre-seed)

“Our mission is to give everyone the freedom and opportunity to work independently.” — co-founder, Ben Huffman


🇬🇧 Kamua: Automatically converts YouTube videos into Instagram Stories, Facebook Stories, or Snapchat Stories. (Founded 2019, prev funding: $475k angel round)

“We are saving marketers, editors, and producers up to 85% of their usual workflow time.” — Founder, Paul Robert Cary


🇪🇪 Gigimot: Marketplace that connects customers with local on-demand service providers with a press of a button. (Founded 2020, prev funding: bootstrapped)

“Folks from Tallinn, Haapsalu, Rakvere and Ida-Virumaa have already joined us. Other cities will be available soon.” — Founder, Arseni Santashev


🇸🇪 Convas: Product feedback tool for B2B SaaS companies. Helps SaaS startups gather and prioritize customer feedback so they can build better products. (Founded 2020, prev funding: bootstrapped)

“We are on a journey to solve the problem of communication & collaboration between product teams and their customers.

We believe that the best way to build a product is in close collaboration with your customers. We also believe that the best products will win.” — Founder, Emil Bryggare


🇳🇱 aithena: Proprietary software that creates in-depth company profiles based on their public information. With these unique profiles, the AI can create a customized ranked target list, based on your current customers. (Founded 2021, prev funding: pre-seed)

“The problem with current tools is that they have poor account intelligence.” — co-founder, Julien Winkel


🇵🇱  youengage: Create interactive experiences that convert. Engage your users at every step of the customer journey. Generate leads, gain instant feedback, and drive more revenues while capturing data. No code required. (Founded 2021, prev funding: bootstrapped)

“The main question is not, whether the businesses should invest in providing the customers with useful and fun texts, images, videos, but how to do it efficiently.” — Co-founder, Damian Kmiecik


🇬🇧 Tiiny.host: A simple hosting website for developers and freelancers. Perfect for sharing quick updates for a website with clients. It's a hassle-free way to host prototypes, and more. $500/mo. (Founded 2019, prev funding: bootstrapped)

“Tiiny.host was born back in November 2019, and I've been growing the roller-coaster experience ever since. We recently hit $500 MRR.

There's a lot of configuration steps for hosting static sites, so I wanted to see if there was a way to automate all of this and expose it through an easy, accessible solution.” — Founder, Philip Baretto


🇺🇸 Disco: Discover your next favorite artist, before they go mainstream. Disco is for the upcoming and independent artists. Like what you hear? Swipe right! Not your style? Swipe left! (Founded 2020, prev funding: bootstrapped)

“I love listening to new music, and I’m tired of the repetitive top charts. Over the last few months, we’ve iterated a few times and are still figuring out our “product-market fit.”

Our broader vision now is to create a platform that facilitates a direct connection between independent artists and their first superfans.” — co-founder, Rishub Handa


🇨🇦 TablePlus: A modern, native tool with elegant UI that allows you to simultaneously manage multiple databases such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, Microsoft SQL Server, and more. (Founded 2018, prev funding: undisclosed)

“Query, edit and manage your databases easily with a native app that can run fast like a Lambo.” — Founder, Huy Phạm


🇺🇸 userveys: A survey doesn't have to be a chore. Capture video, ratings, text responses, and more. Currently on the beta waitlist phase. (Founded 2020, prev funding: bootstrapped)

“When looking at survey tools, it felt like there was a lack of personality and humanization. Feedback is just as important as contact or help widgets. So why not have it in surveys?” — Founder, Rob Race


🇺🇸 Sidekick: A new device that runs a background video call to make it feel like you're sitting in the same room as your team. Build your best team by working side by side. (Founded 2019, prev funding: $150k pre-seed round)

“During our time at Palantir and Google, we managed multiple teams split across coasts and oceans. We know firsthand that the status quo of remote work is really challenging, and that's why we built Sidekick.” — Co-founder & CEO, Andy Chen


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