F8: Facebook’s FbStart Initiative Will Give Selected Developers A $30K Kick-Start

By David Cohen 

FbStartLogo650Developing successful applications is likely a whole lot easier with $30,000 in free tools and services to start off with, and that’s exactly what selected developers will get out of FbStart, a new program announced by Facebook Wednesday at its F8 global developer conference in San Francisco.

FbStart offers two tracks: Bootstrap, for developers that are just getting started; and Accelerate, for those that are already up and running, and eyeing growth.

Facebook is being joined in the FbStart initiative by Adobe, Appurify, Asana, BlueJeans, Desk.com, MailChimp, Proto.io, Quip, SurveyMonkey, UserTesting, and Workable.

FbStart is unrelated to the fbStart program Facebook launched in February 2012, which was aimed at giving third-party developers included in the portfolios of seed funds advanced notice of new tools and features, with the aim of encouraging those developers to build their businesses around the social network. That fbStart initiative included early stage business-investment groups Seedcamp, sFund, 500 Startups, TechStars, and Y Combinator.

The social network said in a Newsroom post introducing FbStart:

Today we’re announcing FbStart, a program that provides developers with free tools and services worth up to $30,000 from Facebook and 11 other companies to help startups take off.

App developers can apply to participate in FbStart, and, if selected, will receive credits for Facebook advertising and Parse, plus free services from companies that deliver product testing, recruiting, customer care, videoconferencing, and document management.

Any developer around the world with a public iOS or Android app is eligible to apply — the app doesn’t need to be integrated with Facebook. Developers attending F8 today can apply immediately. The program will be opened to all developers in the coming weeks.

Readers: Do you think FbStart is a wise move by Facebook?