How Google Cloud Credits Can Help Build Your Startup

Google Cloud Platform is a suite of cloud computing services and products that allow developers and businesses to build applications on top of Google’s massively scalable infrastructure, to make it easy to get started, easy to scale, and simple to manage.

Fishburners members are able to claim Google Cloud credits from $3k to $100k in value right now.

All packages include invitations to Google CodeLabs: classroom-style and online training courses to learn everything you need to scale your vision.

Avantcore, a technology company building digital solutions for a new financial world in the decentralized and crypto-asset space, recently took advantage of these packages to build modular solutions using Google Cloud.

Andre Bergh Avantcore CIO said, “Getting into the Google Cloud startup program was extremely important for us as it probably would be for any bootstrapped company. Receiving the platform credits early on allowed us to spend time on R&D and to experiment with the (many) different products on the GCP in order to take our vision and our client’s visions to market. This played a significant role in our survival and  success.

Amongst various successful assignments and modular builds created by Avantcore using Google Cloud, is a crypto-asset trading platform for an international client who licenses the solution to asset management companies. This allows the asset managers to connect to multiple crypto exchanges around the world to consolidate and present real-time information to their clients and execute a range of automated trading strategies.

Bergh said, “When attempting  to build a scalable architecture it’s very easy to rack up a large bill and understanding this made us laser-focussed on becoming experts at designing & deploying the most optimal infrastructure. Google is now our preferred cloud partner going into all new disruptive ventures.

Bergh said that in pursuit of building low maintaince infrastructure, the best features of the Google Cloud package are:

1. Cloud SQL – We used to run our own highly-available instance of Postgres and spent many hours every week stressing about replication and backups. Cloud SQL changed all that for us, it was a massive lightbulb moment. 

2. Google Kubernetes Engine was a game changer in terms of being able to efficiently scale compute resources. A big part of that was the shift to “infrastructure as code” and provisioning that way instead of manually.

3. Google BigQuery – if you want to play in the data analysis / big data space, then BigQuery is non-negotiable. Queries that used to take 20 minutes to run now take less than 5 seconds. 

Google offers three packages to help startups grow. Early-stage companies can apply directly for our program, taking advantage of Cloud credits and scaled support. From there, you can qualify for the Start, Spark, and Surge programs, depending on your needs and growth.

Start Package ($3k) includes:
– Up to $3K in Google Cloud Platform and Firebase credits for 1 year.
– G Suite credits: new subscription: Up to 5 free users on G Suite Basic for 12 months.

Spark Package ($20k) includes:
– Up to $20,000 in Google Cloud Platform credits for 1 year.
– The credits are good for all Google Cloud Platform products including Firebase and the Machine Learning APIs.
– Schedule 1:1 technical office hours with Cloud Platform Solutions Engineers.
– 10 Free Users on GSuite Basic for 12 months (only valid for new domains) or a discounted upgrade to GSuite Business / Enterprise
– $500 in Qwiklabs credits
– We offer 24/7 coverage, with phone support and rapid response times.
– 6 free months of Hire by Google
– $200/mo in Google Maps API credit for 12 months

Surge Package ($100k) includes: Please note – in order to apply for this package you must have already applied for the Spark package above.
– Up to $100,000 in Google Cloud Platform credits for 1 year.
– The credits are good for all Google Cloud Platform products including Firebase and the Machine Learning APIs.
– Schedule 1:1 technical office hours with Cloud Platform Solutions Engineers.
– 10 Free Users on GSuite Basic for 12 months (only valid for new domains) or a discounted upgrade to GSuite Business / Enterprise
– $500 in Qwiklabs credits
– We offer 24/7 coverage, with phone support and rapid response times.
– 6 free months of Hire by Google
– $200/mo in Google Maps API credit for 12 months
– Opportunity to be selected for user profiles, speaking opportunities at Google events, early product access and more

Check out the Google Cloud Platform Packages for Fishburners Members here.

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