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Braintrust Technology Foundation
Braintrust Technology Foundation

Contributor to Braintrust, the first decentralized talent network.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruption to how businesses are operating, and it has left the global economy in a difficult situation that we never could have predicted. We want to help you navigate through these unprecedented times. We have scanned the internet to find the best deals and tools for you, our Braintrust community, from major software companies.

Following is a list of companies showing their support in response to COVID-19:



Adobe is making their web-based services including Acrobat PDF, Adobe Acrobat, and Adobe Portfolio free through May 31, 2020. See all offers here



Affinity, an award-winning creative graphics software, is offering a 90-day free trial of the Mac and Windows versions of the whole Affinity suite and a 50% discount for those who would rather buy and keep the apps.


Apple Final Cut Pro

Anyone, existing user or not, can now sample 90-day free trials of the company’s Final Cut Pro X video editing suite and Logic Pro X recording studio package. The Final Cut Pro X trial is offered here.



Buffer, a social media management platform, is extending their free trial for new customers. Start with Buffer today and make the most of all features commitment-free for the next 90 days.



Calendly, a scheduling software, is giving businesses the access to stay connected with their fellow remote team members through Calendly and their Zoom and GoToMeeting integrations free of charge through June 2020. (This integration also works for Google Hangouts Meet).



Protect your Internet presence with Cloudflare. Cloudflare for teams helps secure every remote worker’s connection without compromising performance. They are providing small businesses with enterprise-grade remote work features for free until September 1, 2020. 


Google G Suite

Google is giving free access to their advanced Google Meet video-conferencing capabilities for all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers globally and has been extended to September 30, 2020. See all of the Google resources, including free digital skills training, for businesses.



Hootsuite is offering the professional version of their social media management software for free until July 1. You will also have access to Hootsuite training videos to help you get better at social media as you manage the new remote reality. Learn more about this free professional version on Hootsuite's website.



To support small businesses through this difficult situation, HubSpot is reducing the cost of their Starter Growth Suite from $112.50 USD/month to $50 USD/month. All existing and new Starter Growth Suite customers will have access to the software bundle at the reduced price for 12 months from the time of purchase. Moreover, the marketing and sales software has made their webinar content free of charge to help you grow better. 



Mailchimp is helping small businesses get online quickly during the COVID-19 crisis with custom domains free for 5 years along with their free website builder until May 31, 2020. Additionally, they are giving $10 million in Mailchimp service to our small business customers who want to continue using Mailchimp’s platform but need some financial support during the COVID-19 crisis. 



Microsoft is offering a six-month free trial of the paid version of Teams, a software centered on virtual meetings, for businesses not yet registered with the platform. While the deal is a part of a trial for the full Office 365 package, a free version of Teams is also available.



The Reply team is giving away their newly developed unlimited email search for FREE and 20% off on Reply plans for new customers. 



Skillcrush, a learning marketplace, is offering discounts as well as raising money for people who have lost their job during the crisis. Fill out this form to get started



Slack is supporting all nonprofits and other organizations by providing free access to paid Slack plans for the next three months. In addition, together with GoDaddy, Slack is offering a 25% discount off upgrades to standard or plus paid plans for joint customers of Slack and GoDaddy.    

These are just some of the offers you can take advantage of today. If you’re struggling and want access to a certain software, we encourage you to reach out to them and ask if they have any options for helping out businesses like yours during this crisis. There’s a good chance they’re willing to offer some sort of extended trial or promotion to get you on board.

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