Crunch #018

Your weekly dose of winning startups

Trevor here. Back with another cohort of formidable startups. Here they are. Enjoy!

🇺🇸 Gable: Network of safe and inspiring neighborhood workspaces. On the flip side, it’s a way for property owners to gain an additional revenue stream by transforming their underused assets into neighborhood networking hubs. (Founded 2020, prev funding: undisclosed pre-seed round)

”Liza and Omri had experienced firsthand how challenging and isolating working from home could be. 

There is a real need that wasn’t being filled for remote workers. They seized on the opportunity to scale the informal network of remote professionals and workspaces they had organically created within San Francisco.” — Co-founder & CEO, Liza Mash Levin

🇧🇬 Speed up your website effortlessly. Nitropack boosts PageSpeed scores and reduces load times for thousands of websites. (Founded 2018, prev funding: €200k seed round)

Nitropack has everything you need for a fast website:

  • Advanced caching strategies

  • Complete image and video optimization stack

  • HTML, CSS, and JavaScript optimization

  • Proprietary, world-class speed algorithm

“NitroPack helps e-commerce, content publishers and web agencies achieve outstanding website speed optimization results.” — co-founder, CEO, Deyan Georgiev

🇪🇪 Avokaado: Lawyers use Avokaado to build contracts faster and smarter. Create and collaborate on documents at every stage of the document lifecycle. (Founded 2016, prev funding: €700k pre-seed round)

“Mariana Hagström decided to quit her Managing Partner position and 10 years of legal practice and commit fully to developing her digital legal solution.

Avokaado helps businesses automate their document workflows so they can delegate, scale, and control legal operations without risks and time-wasting.” — Founder & CEO, Mariana Hagström

🇨🇦 briefbid: Search engine for digital media. Empowers media buyers from agencies and brands with media planning and media buying tools to get the most out of digital advertising. (Founded 2018, prev funding: undisclosed seed round)

“Whether you’re a small or a large media planning team, briefbid helps you make smart media investments.” — Co-founder, Lidia Vijga

🇬🇧 Framework: The ultimate toolkit for the modern business leader. Key insights from thousands of hours of learning into 15-minute Frameworks for you. Currently on the beta waitlist phase. (Founded 2020, prev funding: bootstrapped)

“Born out of Founders Forum, a global network of the world's leading technology entrepreneurs, we're building the world's first on-demand business school.” co-founder, Riya Pabari

🇺🇸 DevDojo: Developer screencasts, helping you invest in yourself. Like Netflix for developers. One of the greatest things about being a developer is that you have the ability to create something out of nothing. Whatever you decide to create, we can help you on your journey. $3.2k/mo. (Founded 2015, prev funding: bootstrapped)

“There are developer boot camps that charge people $20,000 or $40,000 for the program. The DevDojo has a program that can teach people development for $9 a month. DevDojo is the Netflix for Developers.

I've been working on the DevDojo for the last 5 years and it finally feels like I'm starting to gain some traction.” — Founder, Tony Lea

🇬🇧 Automations: No-code automation platform to visually automate repetitive tasks and build workflows to save time, increase productivity and reduce errors. (Founded 2020, prev funding: bootstrapped)

“We created to allow everyone to easily build workflows and automate repetitive work without writing code.” — Founder, Alexander Alimovs

🇸🇪 Gridly: All your game content in one place. Collaborative headless CMS for multilingual games-as-a-service projects with a powerful API. Includes a browser-based spreadsheet UI, and built-in functions to handle localization and frequent updates. (Founded 2020, prev funding: $1.1m pre-seed round)

“We are ex-game developers, founders of the game loc company LocalizeDirect, and creators of LocDirect - a game localization tool used by WB Games, King, Scopely, Rebellion, Square Enix, Capcom, Avalanche Studios, Remedy, and many more companies worldwide.

Now, we’ve developed Gridly - the next-generation cloud-based headless CMS to store and manage all game content in one place. A team of skilled programmers and designers is constantly expanding Gridly’s functionality.” — Co-founder & CEO, Christoffer Nilsson

🇮🇹 PunchLab: Turn your punching bags into devices that are able to detect, measure, and react to strikes. Track your strikes, follow world-class workouts and measure your progress. See how it works here (Instagram post). (Founded 2017, prev funding: €300k seed round)

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