Q: What do you do when you’ve shut down one startup before getting work on the next one? The answer, in Matthieu Vaxelaire’s case, is help out some other would-be entrepreneurs by launching a not-for-profit to give away 1,000 bundles of free web tools, each worth more than $10,000. These Startup Packs are available to startups that have launched in the last two years and raised no more than £250,000 in funding — largely on a first come, first served basis.
So what’s in the packs? Everything you might need to launch a startup, says Vaxelaire — specifically:
1. Zendesk: to manage customer support — 12 months for free
2. Box: to share files online — 12 months for free for 3 users
3. Mailjet: to send transactional emails — 12 months for free
4. TextMaster: to translate all your documents — 10,000 credits for free
5. Twilio: to bring voice and messaging to your web — $134 for free
6. Engine Yard: to host your website — $500 for free
7. Mixpanel: to analyze your website — 12 months for free
8. Mention: to monitor your brand — 12 months for free for 3 users
9. Pressking: to distribute your press release — 1,000 credits for free
10. HotGloo: to collaborate on design — 12 months for free
11. Fotolia: to get beautiful pictures — 60 images XL for free
12. The Resumator: to hire with confidence — 12 months for free
After the free trial periods elapse, many of the web tools and services will continue to offer a discount to the startups, according to Vaxelaire. He says it’s a win-win for both the budding startups, who get some free stuff, and the startups who are giving their services away for free, as they get the oxygen of good-cause related publicity. (Doubtless it’s good for Vaxelaire too, to raise his profile ahead of his next startup project — having shut down Kicktable, his previous effort).
Vaxelaire says a second giveaway of Startup Packs may take place in 2013, depending on the success of the first bundle and how much free time he has (he’s running the initiative in his spare time, with help from friends).
“Convincing all business partners was not easy,” he adds.
Startups wanting to apply for one of the packs should visit