Crunch #022

Your weekly dose of awesome startups

Trevor here. Here’s this week’s cohort of brilliant startups.

🇪🇸  MagicBell: Inbox notifications solution for web and mobile applications. See demo here. (Founded 2020, Total Funding Amount: pre-seed/seed stage)

“Without MagicBell, it takes a team of engineers and designers months to build a real-time notification center with multi-channel delivery.

We shorten this time to less than a day and deliver better user experience for businesses and their users.” — Co-founder & CEO, Hana Mohan

🇺🇸 CopyAI: Generate marketing copy in seconds with AI. (Founded 2020, Total Funding Amount: $2.9M seed)

“We’re on a mission to help create 1 billion new entrepreneurs by 2030.” — Founder & CEO, Paul Yacoubian

🇺🇸 Chorus: Platform for online group meditation classes led by live instructors. (Founded 2019, Total Funding Amount: pre-seed/seed stage)

“Chorus is social, fun, and leaves you mentally and physically calmer after your first session.” — Co-founder & CEO, Ali Abramovitz

🇮🇹 Obsidian: One-time password (OTP) authenticator management app designed for security, privacy, usability, and seamless synchronization across devices. ~$500/mo. (Founded 2017, Total Funding Amount: bootstrapped)

What makes Obsidian unique is that it uses iCloud to securely store the users' data and does not require you to log in for it to work.

“My mission with Obsidian is to make the internet a safer place for everyone. That’s why I’m building an easy to set-up and secure 2FA solution.” — Founder, Tommaso Carpi

🇺🇸 Mayanalytics: Growth automation platform for Amazon sellers. Brings sales reporting, PPC optimization, inventory management, keyword analysis, and competitor tracking into one experience. (Founded 2020, Total Funding Amount: pre-seed stage)

“We help Amazon sellers grow their business with our data-driven automation solutions.

As of now, we’re starting out with Advertising and Inventory. From there, we're moving to other avenues that help accelerate brand growth.” — co-founder & CEO, Ernesto Reza

🇵🇱 Authologic: Provides online identity verification APIs for developers and companies. (Founded 2020, Total Funding Amount: ~600k seed)

“We combine three main types of identity sources into one API and UX.

(1) Document scanning, (2) Banks as identity providers, and (3) government-issued digital IDs. All in one place.” — co-founder & CEO, Krzysztof Klimczak

🇺🇸 Standard Resume: Make a resume that hiring managers and recruiters will love. Import your LinkedIn profile and pick a template approved by expert hiring managers. $5.5k/mo. (Founded 2015, Total Funding Amount: bootstrapped)

Here’s how my resume would look like using the Standard Resume. You can choose between multiple themes and templates.

”We started Standard Resume five years ago because I struggled to create a resume that I was proud of. Since then, we have helped over 100,000 people land jobs at top companies like Google, Apple, Nike, and Square.” — Founder, Riley Tomasek

🇬🇧 kanda: Quoting and invoicing platform that lets you offer to finance, automate paperwork, and get paid on time. (Founded 2020, Total Funding Amount: seed stage)

The platform also lets contractors offer home financing to homeowners who want to remodel but can’t pay the full price upfront.

🇪🇪🇧🇩 AuctionVilla: Marketplace for buying and selling mobile applications, games ownership, and digital assets. (Founded 2019, Total Funding Amount: $27.5K pre-seed)

Instead of developing digital products from scratch, you have the option to buy or sell ready-made products.

“AuctionVilla.IO was formally registered in June 2020. It is incorporated in Estonia through the e-residency program which made the company registration a fairly easy process and it quickly got accepted into the Startup Estonia visa program.

At present, our primary market is Bangladesh but we may physically move to Estonia.” — Co-Founder & CEO, Ash R

🇺🇸 Jarvis: Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (CD) SaaS for mobile app development teams. Currently at the beta waitlist phase. (Founded 2021, Total Funding Amount: bootstrapped)

Set up your DevOps infrastructure in 5 minutes and without any difficult config files.

“Mobile developers are always bottlenecked because tools are lacking. A mobile dev should be able to focus on building their app, instead of setting up the infrastructure.

Infrastructure should just be a couple clicks away, not a 2-month project to get right.” — Founder, Jason Safaiyeh

🇩🇰 Reshape Biotech: Builds and researches lab robots/equipment that automates the everyday tasks of microbiologists. (Founded 2018, Total Funding Amount: seed stage)

“Companies try to sell “one lab robot that does everything”. — But those robots become so complicated that they sit unused on the shelf.

We build one robot for each function, which makes them easy to use.” — Co-founder & CEO, Carl-Emil Grøn

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