The startup life may seem glamorous, especially after Facebook was immortalized in the ’The Social Network and Bravo created a reality TV series called Start-Ups: Silicon Valley, but the first few years can be far from it. Coding all hours of the day, sleeping 5 hours a night (I can personally relate to this one with Firmology), eating ramen noodles for every meal, and taking countless meetings with customers, investors and business partners can take a beating on you. That’s why technology industry veteran, Jon Ferrara, decided to create a program to help nurture young startups. The Nimble Founder and CEO is giving his social CRM platform away for free to tech startups.
“We want you to have access to Nimble to support your social business, as well as great information on how best to market and scale your company with limited resources. We know how much a good deal can mean when you are just starting out and looking for a round of funding, or waiting for those first profits to come in — and we’re glad we can help.” - Alyson Button Stone
The freebie consists of a 2-user premium version of Nimble with 100GBs of additional storage, which is an $1800 value. Of course, there are a couple of catches. The startup has to be backed by one of 50 accelerators including TechStars, Y Combinator, DEMO, LaunchPad LA, and Global Accelerator Network. Interested startups can check out the partial list within Nimble’s blog post or email them at [email protected] The second catch is that Nimble is using the program to learn from emerging tech startups and encourage them to become a Nimble integration partner.
That’s a small price to pay for a fledging startup getting free access to Nimble’s powerful social relationship management software.
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