Entrepreneurship and startups are a huge topic of interest and inspiration for me. Hence, the amount of content that I have written on www.gunterrichter.com and other platforms. I am always on the hunt for relevant and informative content (as well as a good deal!) and I recently came across an offer, for a lifetime subscription to www.startups.com.

(Spoiler alert! This article contains some affiliate links to AppSumo, which means that if you decide to purchase anything, I will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I have purchased the startups.com product personally and have not been given any free products or anything else for the mentions in this post. The only consideration is in the form of affiliate commissions. I only promote those products or services that I truly feel deliver value to you, and this purchase of startups.com is certainly one of those.)

The offer was compelling – $49 versus the list price of $349! I couldn’t resist the offer and bought the lifetime subscription, so I was keen to do a bit of a review.

Before I do that though, I want to share some insight into how I came across this offer. I’ve been a follower of www.appsumo.com for a while – in fact, I wrote about the company and it’s founder, Noah Kagan, in a previous blog post. Appsumo is a great source of deals, primarily software-related. In addition to these great deals, there is also loads of free stuff available. So take a look here for all the freebies. Now onto the startups.com review.

A video review of the startups.com platform

The platform is made up of six key sections. These are:

  1. Courses
  2. Community
  3. Products
  4. Master Classes by Expert Founders
  5. Startup Therapy Podcast
  6. Founder Stories and Expert Advice

The Courses section is a massively comprehensive catalogue of training, covering aspects such as idea validation, forming a startup, business planning, product development, customer acquisition, culture creation, finding funding, and startup financing. There are nine tracks, containing 650 master classes, and 1,255 guides.

The Community section provides a collaboration area where users can listen to podcasts and join in the discussion, asking questions and chatting to other users of the platform.

The next section, Products, is really interesting. It provides full access to bizplan (an online service to help you create robust and structured business plans), Fundable (a platform to help startups raise capital), and Launchrock (a marketing platform that helps you acquire early customers and helps you scale – think landing pages plus more). Now, the killer feature for me is, not only do you get full access to these products, you also get full access to any future product that startups.com brings on board. All for a once-off payment. Amazing!

Master classes provides some excellent, video-based insight from experts like Nir Edal (the author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products), Alexander Osterwalder (the Swiss business theorist and developer of the Business Model Canvas), Neil Patel (marketing guru and the founder of Kissmetrics and Crazy Egg), and Matt Mullenweg (the developer of WordPress). These are just a few of the minds that the platform gives you access to.

The podcast section provides access to the startups.com podcast, hosted by the founders Wil Schroter and Ryan Rutan. The podcast takes a deep dive into the problems that startup founders face every day and provides ways in which these problems can be tackled.

Finally, Founder Stories and Expert Advice. This covers some of the content previously discussed but provides additional content like playbooks which provide step-by-step instructions on how to build a startup. The playbooks cover topics like customer acquisition, splitting equity, and productivity hacks.

The fact that all of this content and experience is available for a once-off investment of $49 is beyond awesome. Then factor in that any future additions to the platform, both content and free software, will all be included. This is astounding and is serious value for money.

So for access to this lifetime deal for only $49, take a look at AppSumo.