New trend for micro-startup acquisitions
Today is our fiftieth anniversary issue. This week was crazy. I signed a few contracts with new customers for my front-end agency. Had a few calls with intelligent Microns subscribers and our premium members. It was a week of meetings.
At the same time, I traveled in the Kyiv region a bit. I like driving a car, visiting parks, and exploring unknown places.
Tomorrow I plan to change our pricing. It won't affect our current premium members, only new ones. We'll increase pricing to $199 per year and $49 per month. So if you wanted to start, it's a great opportunity.
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🤝 Recently acquired startup
One more successful deal on Microns. I'm glad that buyers on our platform make repetitive transactions. It makes me happy. Here is a story behind this one.
Sam (buyer) has been a software engineer at startups for over ten years, and he wanted to get his feet wet running his own business. The things he was looking for were:
- Existing paying users (less than 20 to keep things simple)
- Interesting product (something he could use himself)
- Technical founder (he didn't want to take over work from contractors)
Some time ago, I, with my VA, started vetting new startups submitted to Microns. We created criteria to check for scams, revenue/traffic metrics, and evaluate pricing.
This way, the buyers don't spend valuable time on such things. In addition, we strived to align with our buyers' vision on desired listings.
When I asked for Sam's feedback, I was happy he noticed this improvement.
The seller was responsive, and once we agreed on a good price, he was very helpful with the transition.
Positive aspects of the platform include helpful people. Ilya answered any questions I had on time and had excellent curation.
None of the scammy businesses I saw on other platforms. I look forward to hopefully acquiring more businesses in the years to come. -- Sam
🧶 New trend: micro startup acquisitions
More and more people tend to make small but valuable deals, micro acquisitions. I spied this tendency for two years and can confidently say it is in the initial stage.
I see more professionals like developers, marketers, and PMs joining the space and working on side hustles in their spare time. It is the same with non-technical founders striving for validated projects with ambitions to grow them.
In my next post, I answered a few fundamental questions: what is a micro-startup, and how can you benefit by owning one? This post is just my point of view on how big tech started the trend, and it evolved to the masses.
The Next Big Thing in Startups for Sale – Micro Startup Acquisitions — www.microns.io Micro startup acquisition is the process of buying very small companies or projects with the potential to scale. These micro startups are small businesses with less than ten employees.
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