Manoj Ranaweera

SkilledUp Life is a Market Place that connects Volunteers with Tech Startups. We feature plenty of Opportunities with Tech Companies to advance your career.












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Breaking records

Published by: SkilledUpLife, Founder of SkilledUp Life

We are fast approaching the end of our second year and we have a mountain to climb to hit our two targets, these being:

  • 11,000 total volunteers
  • 100 paying tech startup customers.

Today, the numbers are:

  • 5,882 volunteers
  • 14 customers

Previously the best month was January 2022. Then we had poor performance over the next 3 months. We know the reasons and are trying to make sure it won't happen again.

After a long decline, we are thrilled with this week's performance, as we have so far achieved, in terms of Volunteer Sign Ups

  • Best week (4 short to 300)
  • Best day (90)
  • Best Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

We also signed the 14th customer this week. Do check us out - free talent for tech startups


We are adjusting our pricing plans

Published by: SkilledUpLife, Founder of SkilledUp Life

Changing of our pricing plans

We are 100% funded by our revenues with no external investment. So revenues matter a great deal for us for our survival and growth.

As some of you are watching us with interest, I just want to share the forthcoming changes to our pricing plans

Our pricing plans are set based on the last 12 months' revenue and total equity finance raised to date, which we think is a fairer way to price.

Tier 1: £300 ($410)/year or £30 ($41)/month: pre-investment and revenues below £10k ($14k)

Tier 2: £900 ($1220)/year or £90 ($122)/month: Revenues or Investment less than £100k ($140k), whichever is highest

Tier 3: £3000 ($4100)/year or £300 ($410)/month: Revenues or Investment less than £500k ($680k), whichever is highest

Contacts Us: Revenues or Investment over £500k ($680k), whichever is highest

If you are already a paying customer, we will not increase your pricing (unless you move from one Tier to another at annual review).

We now have 4,042 Volunteers from 81 countries.

Our education partners are producing high-quality Volunteers. We expect this trend to continue as we grow SkilledUp Life.

If you are one of our customers, thank you. If you are thinking about leveraging SkilledUp Life, now is the time to act.

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My Volunteer team - 24 of them

Published by: SkilledUpLife, Founder of SkilledUp Life

How are you? This is my volunteer team.

Do let me know if you like to tap into our 3,738 Volunteers from 76 countries?

I'm here to break any prejudices (e.g. volunteers are useless) that you may have and show you how Volunteers can help your tech startup move from where you are to the next stage and beyond.

We are the best use case out there. And we want you to learn from us and do better than us.

Come for the ride!

Together, we can build tech companies whilst helping others to develop their skills and gain experiences.

It's a WIN WIN. What are you waiting for?

PS: If you want to connect with me on Linkedin, please send a message referring to this as I am a bit bored with Linkedin connections without valid request messages. Thanks.

Would you consider the following as transformative or just another meh?

Published by: SkilledUpLife, Founder of SkilledUp Life

You bring an idea for a tech startup.

2,885 volunteers (we are adding 100 every 3 to 6 days) at

  • Validates it
  • Help build the idea into a product
  • Acquires users on your behalf
  • Convert them to customers
  • Provides customer support
  • Build the team

Pre-Seed Investors watching what's happening put some money into you, as SkilledUp Life has de-risked the opportunity for them.

You end up hiring some of our volunteers after the volunteer term has ended.

Is that too much to foresee? Is that just another meh!

Wish you a happy 2022

Published by: SkilledUpLife, Founder of SkilledUp Life

Wishing all of our community a great 2022. Our community now includes:

  • 2,849 Volunteers from 71 countries
  • 52 companies
  • 8 partners

Our plans for 2022 revolves around three targets:

  • Have a community of 11,000 Volunteers by 31st July 2022.
  • Have 100 paying customers (tech companies) by 31st July 2022.
  • Reach £10k MRR by 30th Oct 2022.

Our Nigerian team wants to onboard:

  • 25,000 Nigerians by 31st Dec 2022.

On behalf of my team, I would like to thank everyone who interacted with us and wish everyone a great 2022!

Best day for Volunteer signups! So far 55 today!

Published by: SkilledUpLife, Founder of SkilledUp Life

Wow! The best day for Volunteer signups! So far 55 today! Remember, it took me 176 days to sign up the first 100. The previous best day was 48 signups.

If you are struggling to get users for your brand new tech product, it takes a long time at the beginning. I hope above can inspire you a bit. - free talent for tech startups

I'm hoping we could repeat the same for tech companies one day! It's free to create your company profile. Subscribe once you are ready to post the first Volunteer Opportunity.

Finally - Implemented what everyone has been asking since Day 1 - 1st Aug 2020

Published by: SkilledUpLife, Founder of SkilledUp Life went live on 1st Aug 2020 quietly.

Without a miss, every week, someone at least mentioned why we did not speak of the Demand Side on the home page.

Building a two-sided marketplace has its own challenges. You need to get the Supply Side ready before the Demand Side. Most visitors now understand the Supply Side. Before the festive season, we were adding 100 Volunteers every 3 to 6 days.

We have a long way to go before we see daily sign-ups of tech startups.

For the first time in our short history, I've brought up both the Supply Side (Volunteers) and the Demand Side (Companies) on to the Home page, above the fold.

It's not perfect by any means. But really appreciate any feedback you have.

Many thanks.