Startups.com Could Save You $5K? – AppSumo 2019
There is more to Startups than meets the eye.
In this review, I’m going to tell you why you might want to consider purchasing Startups, even if you have zero interest in venture capital or Silicon Valley.
Three words: Zero Stripe Fees
Today we’re talking about Startups.com. This is an AppSumo deal and for $49, this could easily be the most profitable AppSumo deal to ever hit the taco truck.
No, it’s not because of the valuable info from the industry experts! I’m talking discounts & credits for Amazon AWS, Google Cloud, Stripe, and a whole lot more.
Alright, let’s get started. Let me show you around the platform.
Part Info Product
To understand the way content is organized, we’ll start in the Library.
Educational materials are organized into…
- Playbooks, which are text courses.
- Videos, which are video courses.
- Founder Stories, which are interviews with founders.
- and Expert Advice which are long form articles answering common questions.
There are currently four playbooks. Topics include Customer Acquisition, Funding, Idea Validation, & Splitting Equity. There are playbooks on Startups Finance and Productivity Hacks coming soon.
Each playbook is 4 phases long, which equal out to about 4 medium-sized blog posts. The information is good, although as the name PlayBook suggests, it’s laying out the fundamentals here.
Video courses are organized into categories as well:
- & Leadership
At first glance, it looks like there are eight courses in each category, but as you flip through the courses, you’ll see the same courses pop up in several categories.
The courses are more like getting multiple TED talks than a full length course that teaches you a specific result.
That said, they are produced decently and can provide value if you’re hungry for startup knowledge.
In this section, you get long form interviews with some big dog founders. The founders of Nextdoor, Instagram, SoulCycle, Care.com, BuzzFeed, AOL, Spotify, Pandora and yes, even Elon Musk all have long form written interviews here.
Reading the origin stories of these ridiculously successful founders can be inspiring and insightful. There is no shortage of content here. If you are a sucker for this sort of content, you’ll be in heaven.
This section is a bit like an Advice Column for founders.
You can imagine a successful startup founder saying “why do I feel alone?” and reading the article as self-help.
Overall, there is a ton of questions here, and if you’re struggling with a startup, chances are at least a few questions you ask yourself on a daily basis have an answer here.
If you head over to the Education tab, you’ll see all the same content we just covered, but organized by topic.
Want to know everything there is to know about Idea Validation?
You’ll have the playbook, Expert Advice, Video Courses, and even community questions all in one spot.
While we’re on the topic, let’s talk about the community tab.
The Community is an area where you can discuss the Startups.com podcast episodes or even ask burning questions you might have.
I typically prefer Facebook groups for this type of engagement but I can see the appeal for a message board that keeps you off the blue social network for a bit.
You might notice the Bootcamp & Accelerator sections at the top.
These look like upsells. There is no pricing disclosed but you have to fill out a form to be contacted about the programs.
If you’re looking for some structured accountability to grow your startup, this might be worth looking at but it’s hard for me to evaluate with no access to the program or pricing.
Part Business ToolBox
You don’t just get access to Startups.com, you also get access to a couple of software.
First, there is bizplan, a business planning tool for founders.
Then there is Launchrock, a marketing platform to help you attract early customers.
Part Coupon Book
Now let’s talk discounts.
How about a $5,000 AWS Credit? Or no fees on the next $10,000 in payments you process at Stripe?
Other offers include $300 in Google Cloud credits, 12 months of SendGrid, $218 off at ZenDesk per month for 12 months, 50% off Hootsuite, 10-30% off WeWork, and 20% off 6 months of Bench.
You’ll also get a free fundraiser at Fundable, a company that helps startups generate capital commitments from qualified investors. (US-based startups only.)
That’s worth the price of admission right there. I mean Stripe charges 2.9%, so that is a $290 value right there.
Startups.com Final Thoughts & Rating
So in conclusion, on education content alone, this is going to be a valuable deal to a lot of people out there. If you’re interested in startups but you don’t know the playbooks yet… this is your key to getting started.
When it comes to the credits, if you’re using Amazon AWS, Google Cloud, Stripe, or any of the other services I mentioned, why wouldn’t you want a huge discount?
If you’re NOT using any of those services and you don’t care about startups, then this deal is a total dud.
For everyone else, it’s a take my money situation.
I don’t really even know how to score this because the discounts make it so black and white. Will you pay $49 for a $5000 amazon AWS credit? Ah, Ok.
Rating: Startups.com gets 8.9 out of 10