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The monthly running costs of startups

by eelco

$100,000 MRR. 5 years old. $50,0000 MRR. 4 years old. $1,000 MRR. 12 months old. Lots of startups are transparent with many of their numbers. They do this to inspire, to give a glimpse backstage and—let's be frank here—for marketing too. Whatever the reason, I think it's interesting nonetheless.

Folks like @joelgascoigne at Buffer, @levelsio at Nomadlist and @‪Shpigford‬ at Baremetrics all are transparent about their numbers. Josh's Baremetrics even has a feature to have the details of the dashboards publicly available. Great insights! But next to the Monthly Recurring Revenue, Churn and Monthly Active Customers, the one thing that seems to be always missing in the equation is the monthly running costs. I remember seeing a great detailed page of just this over at Cushion by @destroytoday. Greatly designed and an inspiration for something I wanted to build for a while.

“Lots of startups are transparent with many of their numbers. They do this to inspire, to give a glimpse backstage and—let's be frank here—for marketing too.”

Introducing: Startup Costs. 🚀 A side-project built at Muna. Where you can find a collection of open startups that share their monthly running costs.

Homepage of www.startupcosts.co showing some of the open startups

From Blurt, a writing app that use Github and DigitalOcean for a total of $31.67 per month. Or Krit, an agency that builds tech products that uses a wide range of services, at a total of $2,365.56 per month. 🤑

Having all this in one central place makes that it is accessible, numbers can be compared and, possibly, data can be used to do some smart analysis. But I am getting ahead of myself. For now, it's a simple collection of lists where you can learn the costs from side-projects to startups that are a few months to some that are many years old. I've also found it's really interesting to see which products make other products run. As a result, I learned about a few, I've never heard of before. 😎

So have a look over at www.startupcosts.co. And if you run a product yourself and want to be listed too, add yourself and your monthly running costs over at www.startupcosts.co/add

I hope you find it useful and insightful too! If you have ideas or features request, send them to hello@startupcosts.co.

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