Crunch #019

Your weekly dose of winning startups

Trevor here. Woohoo! Spring has arrived. So has this week’s cohort of awesome startups. Enjoy!


🇺🇸 The Spaghetti Detective: 3D printing monitoring and failure detection software. $28k/mo. (Founded 2018, Total Funding Amount: bootstrapped)

3D printers take a long time (hours to days, and sometimes even weeks) to print a part, and they fail quite often (5% failure rate or higher). The possibility of failure creates stress for millions of makers who own and operate their 3D printers.

”I started TSD as a side project and grew it to tens of thousands of monthly active users. As of 2021, users have printed over 5 million hours on the TSD platform” — Founder, Kenneth Jiang


🇧🇪 LowFruits: Finds keywords for you to score higher on SEO. By targeting keywords where weak websites (Domain Authority below 20) are already at the top, you have a higher chance of ranking fast and give a positive signal to Google or other search engines. Currently in beta. (Founded 2020, prev funding: bootstrapped)

“Find untapped keywords today to rank faster and stronger tomorrow.” — Founder, Paul Pilavachi


🇺🇸 Archimedes: Investment learning hub for everyone. Makes investing a bigger part of your life by learning from a personal curriculum of bite-sized lessons, fun gameplay, and from a trusted community. (Founded 2019, Total Funding Amount: bootstrapped)

“Archimedes is here to make finance easy and accessible to everyone.” — Co-founder & CEO, Simon Gu


🇬🇧 observant: Empowers YouTube content owners to find and prioritize missed revenue opportunities. $1k/mo. (Founded 2020, Total Funding Amount: bootstrapped)

“I built observant to help music labels, broadcasters, creator networks and anyone else with a significant body of copyright make the most of the YouTube rights management system and maximize their revenue.” — Founder, Ben Barbersmith


🇬🇧 Polygloss: Mobile-based platform providing language learning solutions. Offers game-based learning, image-based lessons, vocabulary learning, feedbacks, and more. Available for Android devices only currently.

Guess images with friends, write creatively, and expand your productive vocabulary. ~$820/mo. (Founded 2019, Total Funding Amount: bootstrapped)

“Since joining a research group in the university, I got into contact with many other people developing language-related tasks.

I started reading a bunch of papers, encountered literature on Comprehensible Output, and started putting the dots together.” — Founder, Etiene Dalcol


🇪🇪 Introwise: A platform for coaches and consultants to take their business online. Takes care of everything from scheduling, payment processing, upselling, video calls, to customer management.

From music lessons to make-up instructions, advising parenting skills, cooking to crafts; — there’s an endless list of real-life skills that benefit from an expert’s personal touch. (Founded 2019, Total Funding Amount: undisclosed pre-seed)

“We want to enable talented coaches to earn more easily online. We got accepted to Techstars Seattle in November 2019. We’re very passionate about Introwise, and we’re working hard ever since the accelerator.” — co-founder, Genia Trofimova


🇵🇷 🇺🇸 Caproni: Simplistic podcast publishing tool for entrepreneurs. Publish your podcast and sell it online via Caproni. Includes analytics, enables creators to sell merch, set up a custom website, automated transcripts, and much more. (Founded 2020, Total Funding Amount: $20k angel round)

”Making money from your knowledge rather than your time is incredibly rewarding. But it doesn't come easily. I built Caproni to make it easy for creators to leverage their podcasts. ” — Founder, Gabriel J. Pérez Irizarry


🇳🇱 PayRequest: Create your own branded payment page, and send payment links to all your customers. Manage all your payment links and everything else with a single dashboard.

Currently supports payment links via Stripe and Mollie. ~€1500/mo. (Founded 2019, Total Funding Amount: bootstrapped)

“I started creating websites when I was just 12 years old. When I was 18 years old, I founded my own web hosting company with over 1,000 customers, but only focused on Dutch customers. Read more here.” — Founder, Geert Jan Sloos


🇮🇳 Lag and Log: A knowledge-sharing platform for developers. Developers can use their profile as a part of their portfolio and share it with potential employers. (Founded 2020, Total Funding Amount: bootstrapped)

“My goal is to spread knowledge to the curious minds on the internet and to shape up your growth exponentially.” — Founder, Sasid Haran


🇺🇸 Stoic: Mental health app that teaches how to use Stoicism to stress less and be happier. Examines your emotive influences and gives you insights on how to be happier and more productive. (Founded 2019, Total Funding Amount: $150k seed round)

“The app is like a best friend who knows everything about you and wants to help you understand why you are feeling a certain way.” — Founder, Maciej Lobodzinski


🇬🇧 Count: A fresh and creative approach to analyzing your data. Fast, powerful, and naturally structured data by cells to improve your workflow.

Say goodbye to repetitive workflows, clunky tools, and meaningless dashboards. See examples here. (Founded 2016, Total Funding Amount: $2.4m seed round)

“Dashboards may be the industry’s method of choice for displaying data but they’re actually pretty poor at helping teams make decisions,” Co-founder, Oliver Hughes


🇨🇭 nivitec: Produces innovative and personalized solutions in the safety and rescue field via drone technology.

The goal is to optimize the search time of avalanche victims and increases their chances of survival. (Founded 2018, Total Funding Amount: undisclosed)

“Every year in Switzerland, 25 people on average die in avalanches. After already 15 minutes, survival chances drop to below 50%.

Nivitec wants to defeat the first enemy that appears in this type of rescue mission: time.” — Founder, Jonathan Michel


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