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Useful tools for tech startups

Useful tools for [tech] startups

I thought that I'd start the year by outlining some of the tools that I find useful when working with startups - please feel free to add / amend / even comment on stuff.  At the moment it's predominantly geared toward tech startups, if this goes ok we could broaden it....  Please add your name if you contribute and feel free to hit me with thoughts too on @thulme or [email protected]

I've tried to roughly organise things into time of startup development (x-axis) and areas of focus (y-axis), each area of focus has it's own page:

€ /  ?

ß

α

time

idea building / Research xx

Development

Alpha

Beta

Feedback & Iterate

Scale

Strategy / Pricing - Slide 2

UX / Site - Slide 3

Brand - Slide 4

Recruiting - Slide 5

Funding - Slide 6


Useful tools for tech startups

Useful tools for [tech] startups

I thought that I'd start the year by outlining some of the tools that I find useful when working with startups - please feel free to add / amend / even comment on stuff.  At the moment it's predominantly geared toward tech startups, if this goes ok we could broaden it....  Please add your name if you contribute and feel free to hit me with thoughts too on @thulme or [email protected]

I've tried to roughly organise things into time of startup development (x-axis) and areas of focus (y-axis), each area of focus has it's own page:

€ /  ?

ß

α

time

idea building / Research xx

Development

Alpha

Beta

Feedback & Iterate

Scale

Strategy / Pricing - Slide 2

UX / Site - Slide 3

Brand - Slide 4

Recruiting - Slide 5

Funding - Slide 6


Useful tools for tech startups

Useful tools for startups

- please feel free to add / amend

€ /  ?

α

ß

time

idea building / Research

Development

Alpha

Beta

Feedback & Iterate

Scale

Strategy / Pricing

How competitive is the market?

www.spyfu.com - estimates adwords pricing - added by @thulme

Or www.semrush.com - added by @thulme

Product ideas / feature requests from the community

Getsatisfaction.com or

Feedbackify.com or 

Quirky.com or

ZenDesk.com - added by @thulme

Tenderapp.com - added [email protected]

General inspiration around business models

Business Model Generation book –goo.gl/JmUyT added by @thulme and overview pres: added [email protected]

The killer startup book list from Y-Combinator: http://www.hn-books.com/ added by @thulme

Board of innovation http://www.boardofinnovation.com/ added by @fredooms

Test demand

Survey tools: http://www.surveymonkey.com/ - added by @thulme

limesurvey.org/ - added by @joergrech

Design the viral loop / marketing loop

Get inspiration from http://ProductPlanner.com - added by @thulme

http://www.cloudsponge.com/ by @davestone

Lean Startup

http://leanstartups.net/ - added by @robbschiller

"Why Accountants Don't Do Startups" http://bit.ly/beNKgR added by @cpresc 

Pricing

Don't just roll the dice - added by vanni (HN)

Talk to market experts

Post market based questions on http://answers.yahoo.com/ - added by @thulme

or Quora: http://www.quora.com/ - added by @thulme

Follow specific curated topics on:

http://www.curated.by/ - added by @basti

General inspiration videos http://passionmeetsmomentum.com/ - added by @thulme

http://alpha.patterntap.com/

added by @kyle.maloney

Idea Development

Idea building, collaboration, and cofounder networking

sparkmuse.com - added by @netmau5

General inspiration blog 

www.paulgraham.com/ - added by @thulme

http://blog.thebraintwist.com/ added by @fredooms

General legal docs 

Seed Summit - added by @thulme


Useful tools for tech startups

Useful tools for startups

- please feel free to add / amend

€ /  ?

α

ß

time

idea building / Research

Development

Alpha

Beta

Feedback & Iterate

Scale

Iterate the product

A/B testing - http://visualwebsiteoptimizer.com/ - by @thulme

http://whatusersdo.com - by @neilcocker

https://browserlab.adobe.com/en-us/index.html - by @globetreter

http://userfly.com/ - by @globetreter

http://mouseflow.com - by @shoptimate

http://www.usabilityhub.com/ - by @globetreter

http://fivesecondtest.com - by @kevinmctigue

http://optimizely.com/ - by @guido4000 

http://www.hoptoad.com by @chcart

http://www.usertesting.com by @beanchips

http://johnnyholland.org/ by @joshr

http://Clicktale.com - user session recordings - by @freiert

http://www.notableapp.com by @davestone

http://browsersize.googlelabs.com [email protected]

http://www.bounceapp.com/ [email protected]

http://www.testrunnr.com/ by @danielrosewarne

UX / Site

Inspiration for Beta holding page 

http://betali.st/ - addedby @thulme

http://startupli.st/ - added by @nacho540

Review site trends

http://webdesignledger.com/tips/web-design-trends-in-2011 -- added by @thulme

Tweak page layout

check wirify - added by @thulme

http://perfectomobile.com/ mobile testing @daveslocombe

Anonymize web page for feedback

lorumipsimizer - added by @cyberdees

Qualitative User Feedback

http://olark.comadded by @mjpizz

http://getsatisfaction.com added by @christianoliff

http://uservoice.com added by @basti

Concept development

http://linkvive.comhttp://justinmind.com/added by @globetreterhttp://axure.com/added by @globetreterhttp://iplotz.com/ added by @chcart

Balsamiq Mockups (wireframing) by @freiert

Mockflow (wireframing) by @simonbooth

Comprehensive Open Startup Machine

http://bettermeans.com/front/index.html

When you think your sites crashed but are unsure fail

http://downforeveryoneorjustme.com/ - added by @thulme

http://wasitup.com added by @mjpizz

https://www.blamestella.com/ added by @solutious

Team cooperation

http://goplanapp.com/

http://basecamphq.com/

http://podio.com

5pmweb.com - @chris_chard

mindmeister.com - @chris_chard

http://pivotaltracker.com - @joshr

http://yammer.comadded by @andylenz

Tracking issues & bugs

http://www.pivotaltracker.com/ - added by @haiyan

http://www.37signals.com/ added by @chcart

http://fogbugz.com

http://www.mantisbt.org added by @smadam9

http://www.testlodge.com  - by @scottsherwood

Test effectiveness inside site

Crazyegg.com – see the clicks on your page

Google Analytics through the site - - added by @thulme


Useful tools for tech startups

Useful tools for startups

- please feel free to add / amend

€ /  ?

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time

idea building / Research

Development

Alpha

Beta

Feedback & Iterate

Scale

Recruiting

interviewing

http://www.interviewzen.com - added by @jsummerfield

http://www.codility.com - added by @ioventures   

simple application forms w. video

e.g. http://ycommonapp.com/ added by @thulme

freelancers

http://www.elance.com/ added by @thulme

odesk.com added by @startupbus

http://www.freelancer.com added by @ajhai

http://programmermeetdesigner.com/ (added by @dguaraglia)

http://vworker.com, used to be rentacoder. YMMV with this one. (added by @dguaraglia)

http://sortfolio.com/ added by @kyle.maloney

http://www.bootb.com/en/ added by @kullawine

http://jobs.freelanceswitch.com/ added by @TomDavenport

Server monitoring

http://programmermeetdesigner.com/ (added by @dguaraglia)

Based on Open Source contributions

http://www.masterbranch.com- added by @nacho540


Useful tools for tech startups

Useful tools for startups

- please feel free to add / amend

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idea building / Research

Development

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Feedback & Iterate

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Brand / Marketing

Naming

http://www.visualthesaurus.com/ added by @thulme

http://namethis.com added by @andylenz

Building the Perfect Beast - Igor [PDF] - @joshr

Email Marketing & Contact List Mgmt

http://mailchimp.com - added by @robbschiller

http://www.campaignmonitor.com/ - added by @globetreter

Domain Names

http://instantdomainsearch.com/ - @iburattini

http://www.namecheck.com/ - @joergrech

http://xona.com/domainhacks/- @joshr

http://www.dotomator.com/ - @simonbooth

Colours

http://colorschemedesigner.com/ added by @thulme

http://kuler.adobe.com/ added by @globetreter

http://www.colorotate.org/ @joergrech

What should I name the product?

Adwords enables you to trial name & keyword combinations - added by @thulme

KnowEm lets you check the availability of your name across channels - add by @mikkojarvenpaa

Design & Logo

[email protected]

thelogofactory.com @andylenz

crowdspring.com/ @iburattini

Feedback collection

http://www.surveymonkey.com/ by @kullawine

Brand thinking /positioning

http://www.mindmeister.com/ by @kullawine

22 Immutable Laws of Marketing, the book:

http://amzn.to/DhFSf by @kullawine

Rossiter-Percy Grid: http://bit.ly/fC0Bmi by @kullawine

There's a lack of 'brand positioning wizard'

and 'incredible new clients' needs mixer' I tnink ;) by @kullawine

Spread, Link shortening & Click Analytics

bit.ly added by @amylondra

http://goo.gl added by @globetreter

Brand font

http://wordmark.it/ added by @thulme http://flippingtypical.com/# by @kullawine

**Startup Metrics for Pirates!**

http://slidesha.re/aPYpfg added by @daveslocombe

Direct marketing

http://www.mynameise.com/by @kullawine

http://pressdoc.com/by @marckohlbrugge


Useful tools for tech startups

Useful tools for startups

- please feel free to add / amend

€ /  ?

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ß

time

idea building / Research

Development

Alpha

Beta

Feedback & Iterate

Scale

Funding

Raise cash without giving up equity?Cool!

www.kickstarter.com - added by @thulme

http://awesomefoundation.org/

Bible of Capital Raising - venturehacks.com - added by Ben Longstaff

Crowdfunding & Financing help 

http://profounder.com - added by @robbschiller

http://www.growvc.com - @iburattini

http://p2pfoundation.net/Category:Peerfunding

Get seed funding and a like minded network 

www.hackfwd.com - added by @amylondra

first tuesday @daveslocombe

open coffee @daveslocombe

seedcamp @daveslocombe

Venturelab @VenturelabUK

Quality angels - Angellist.com - added by Ben Longstaff

Bootstrap funds

startupchile.org- added by @pepearaya

Business plan and case templates

http://score.org/business_toolbox.html - added by @guido4000

Funding for graduate/student startups

Where can young entrepreneurs get startup funding? - added by @GradEntrepr

Presentation tool

http://prezi.com/ - added by @thulme

http://www.slideshare.net/ - added by @pejman

P2P SME Funding

Funding Circle - http://www.fundingcircle.com/ - added by @davidjwoodward

Pitching advice/tips

Top 5 tips for 2011 pitching - added by @VenturelabUK

Guy Kawasaki's 10/20/30 PowerPoint method - added by @VenturelabUK

Smarta: How to do a killer presentation - added by @VenturelabUK


Useful tools for tech startups

Useful tools for startups

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COMMENTS

Any consensual ideas on how to organize links on a free vs. paid / concepting vs. launched basis? - @robbschiller

 a. what if each section was in 3 categories - 1. Free Service 2. Paid Service 3. Both ? - @robbschiller

 b. could we attach each section to a specific period of development for start-ups? most tools are needed at all times, but some 

could be specifically helpful for certain periods of dev. - @robbschiller

Really great stuff here, thanks for getting this together Tom - @robbschiller

Yes, really great stuff and idea, mostly for those of us who are starting - @pfmendez

Dare i say it may work better in excel?! - fun diversion !  @daveslocombe

Very interesting that there is only 2 in the recruiting section at 2pm EST - lack of services offered or lack of need? - @robbschiller

As of this morning it looks a lot more healthy - there are clearly many more freelance solutions springing up - @thulme


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