This founder built and sold a startup with EntrepreneurGPT
Since the last newsletter, most of you (83%) have voted for an auction. So I’ll learn how to do it and prepare for the event at the start of May. It should be a lot of fun.
Besides this, I have a lot of news to share with you:
Microns became the #1 upvoted product on Travel Massive (more details). Thank you to everyone who supported us 🏆
I've updated our partner program, so now our partners will receive a 50% commission from all payments, including renewals. It will make partnerships more attractive 💰
We sold another small startup 🥳
This week I prepared a new story about a recent acquisition, our March stats, and news about increasing the price.
As a bonus, a pearl of wisdom from Hazel, who built a startup having only $1 in budget without tech skills using no-code tools and ChatGPT as a partner. Incredible story, with many things you can learn and get inspired.
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🎉 Recently sold startup
This week we helped to find a new owner for the shortcut key image generator web app. It had around 400 users and $0 in revenue because the project wasn't monetized. The startup was built via React and Next.js. The seller wanted to focus on another productivity app.
We rarely publish pre-revenue startups, but this one had potential, userbase, and low expenses. Meaning that the possible buyer could leverage existing users to grow their projects in the same niche. And voilà, it happened. The buyer integrated the acquired startup into their main project's Pro plan.
📈 Monthly update
March was a great month for us. We crossed 4,500 newsletter subscribers, listed more high-quality startups, and sold a few projects. But most importantly, we reached liquidity, meaning that every listing receives two to ten contact requests, enough to close a deal.
🌳 Price changes
In the last year, I experimented with pricing. I figured out that most of our churn comes from monthly subscriptions. They buy much less than those on yearly subscriptions and sometimes don't reply to the founders they contacted. As a result, monthly buyers are less serious.
After measuring stats and listening to the feedback, I'll remove monthly and six monthly subscriptions. Additionally, I'll increase the price for our annual subscription because, in practice, one successful acquisition ($3k+ in value) fully covers the subscription's cost.
So the price will increase from $199/year to $299/year next week. Our old and active premium members won't be affected. The new price will better reflect our value for entrepreneurs and investors. Based on my assumptions, it should attract more serious buyers resulting in more sales for our founders.
📰 Looking for new owners
$120 in Annual Revenue
Business model: Sponsorship
Target audience: SaaS founders
Built with Reddit
Founded in 2018
🔥 Asking Price: $2,000
$1,300 in Annual Revenue
Business model: One-time purchase
Target audience: Outpatient practices
Built with WordPress
Founded in 2022
🔥 Asking Price: $6,000
$2,500 in ARR
Business model: Subscriptions
Target audience: E-sport players and teams
Built with Swift, SwiftUI, and RevenueCat
Founded in 2020
🔥 Asking Price: $10,000
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