Stripe Atlas Alternative

Stripe Atlas is a startup formation product aimed at venture capital-backed companies. These companies typically need somewhat complex legal documents allowing for outside investment, multiple types of equity, and equity compensation plans. Stripe Atlas only allows formation of C-corporations and LLCs - and only in Delaware. They also offer to set up a US bank account for users.

For companies not planning to immediately raise outside investment, Stripe Atlas is somewhat expensive and offers limited choices - you cannot form an S-corporation or an entity in any state other than Delaware. That means that if you're doing business in any state(s) other than Delaware, you'll need to file a "foreign qualification" in each of those states and pay several hundred dollars in filing fees per year per state - in addition to Delaware's initial and annual filing fees. That's an additional expense that just doesn't make sense for most small businesses.

Stripe Atlas also does not offer logo, website, trademark searches, domain name registration, company email, SEO help, or the complete range of Starter Guides and task-automating Starter Tools, all of which are included in Startomatic’s flat monthly fee.

If you are not planning to immediately raise money from professional investors, you’re not operating in Delaware, and/or you need services other than legal formation documents and a bank account, Stripe Atlas may not be a good choice. Startomatic is both less expensive for most company formations and provides significantly more features, including the ability to incorporate in all 50 states.

New Business Guidance
Step-by-step guides
Task automating tools
Small Biz education support
Company name generator
Company name conflict check
Domain name generator
Domain name registration
Trademark search
Logo design
Formation documents
EIN application
S-Corp filing
E-signature of documents
Registered Agent
Online Presence
Branded Email & Calendar
Website hosting
Social Media account creation
Google My Business and Search Console setup
$99 + state filing fees $500

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