Big box retailers aren’t the only businesses getting a piece of the Black Friday pie. Tech companies are entering the melee as well and offering limited time sales for their products and services. Data storage may not be as exciting as a glistening new tablet or an expresso machine, but getting these offers while they are hot will probably prove more valuable than say, a Furby.
Sourcebits is offering a 50-50 Partner Program where participating status can pay half price for its services. Sourcebits builds custom mobile, cloud, and web applications, with a focus on “design-led engineering.” The platform significantly cuts down on the time and resources a business must expend to roll out an app. Any friends and family or angel-funded startup can join today and pay just 50% of the cost for the total design and development of their project, as well as receive guidance and support. To learn more, click here.
CrashPlan is offering its “Biggest Sale Ever” on one-year plans. CrashPlan is a data storage company that provides hardware and cloud backup solutions for personal use, small businesses, and enterprises with cross-platform needs. Clients include Google, Netflix, Groupon, LinkedIn, Cisco, Pandora. Starting at 6:00 am CST this morning, CrashPlan is free. Every two hours thereafter, the price will increase until Monday November 26 at 2:00 CST, when the purchase is discounted by 42% where it will remain until the sale ends at 11:59 pm CST that night. To learn more, click here.
Appsumo is running a marathon of its “all-time best 12 products.” Appsumo seeks out the “greatest, geekiest products for entrepreneurs” and features them on the site. It is basically a Groupon for software, packing software subscriptions and giving a group discount for a short time. Beginning at midnight CST, a selection of deals will be available for two hours each:
- 12 AM – 2 AM: Piktochart — Easy infographics – $49
- 2 AM – 4 AM: CanvasPop — Amazing wall art – $25
- 4 AM – 6 AM: Email Templates — Get your inbox on – $25
- 6 AM – 8 AM: Copywriting Checklist — Writing 101 – $5
- 8 AM – 10 AM: HitTail — SEO simplified – $49
- 10 AM – 12 PM: SideProject Book — For the freelancers – $5
- 12 PM – 2 PM: Backblaze — Backup everything – $25
- 2 PM – 4 PM: Treehouse — Learn programming – $99
- 4 PM – 6 PM: AppSumo Hiring Secrets — Hire away – $25
- 6 PM – 8 PM: Prey — Never lose your laptop- $39
- 8 PM – 10 PM: Sumo Business Blueprint — Start a business – $39
- 10 PM – 12 AM: Double Your Freelancing Rate — Cha-ching strategies – $10
Entrepreneurs are advised to time their shopping and pigging out accordingly. To learn more, click here.
It is said that the greatest gift is the gift of education, and online education portal Udemy has dozens of discounts for people looking to improve their knowledge of programming and expand their skill base. Aspiring developers, designs, and entrepreneurs can find special Black Friday offers on Ruby on Rails, Python, and HTML5 (among others), as well as on marketing and sales, data analytics and business strategy. These courses are even available as gifts. To learn more, click here.
Adobe is offering multiple Black Friday deals on its software from November 22 through November 28, with savings as large of 40%. Commercial customers can save 40% on the full version of Elements family products, 20% of Photoshop Lightroom 4, and 15% of Acrobat XI Pro or Standard. To learn more, click here.
Hosting is an important part of the holiday season, whether it be of the Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas soiree, or web variety. TurnKey Internet is offering an “Early Bird Exclusive” on its IT and Cloud-Hosting services for enterprise. Businesses can receive up to 75% off on dedicated servers, virtual private servers, cloud servers, SEO hosting, reseller hosting, or web hosting. Just like deluxe waffle makers, the offers are pony good while supply lasts and the sales end on midnight of November 26th. To learn more, click here.
Designers and web developers, rejoice! If Victoria’s Secret buy-one-get-one free bras and free tote bags aren’t your thing, do not despair. There is still Black Friday fun left for you. Design and development blog DesignModo is putting on a week-long sale, featuring 6 products to make websites as beautiful as possible. Techies can get up to 75% off on the personal or developer licensed version of The Bricks, Impressionist UI, Pandora UI, Futurico UI, Dark Amber UI, or Magnoia Graphics. To learn more, click here.
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