Startup Tools

1. Startup Tools Click Here

2. Lean LaunchPad Videos Click Here

3. Founding/Running a Startup Advice Click Here

4. Market Research Click Here

5. Life Science Click Here

6. China Market Click Here

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Startup Tools

Getting Started

Lists of Tools from Others

Groups

Find a Co-Founder

Developer Bootcamps

Tools from Steve: Lean Startup/Business Model Canvas/Customer Development Tools

  • Founders Workbook – A Checklist for the Startup Owners Manual
  • Over 500 presentations and videos (mine and my students class finals) on Slideshare
  • Harvard Business Review article on Lean here
  • My free online Lean LaunchPad class on Udacity is here.
    • All the Lectures and their subtitles can be download for free here. Creative Commons license applies.
  • I also share all my syllabi, student presentations and my class lectures slides as well.
  • Educators Training Guide is here
  • Course for Educators is here
  • Teachable moments videos for the Lean Launchpad class here
  • How do Customer Discovery videos here
  • How to do Customer Discovery workbook here
  • Sample Lean LaunchPad Lecture slides and suggested syllabus here
  • Latest presentations posted click here
  • Latest student videos posted here
  • National Science Foundation presentations here
  • Stanford presentations, lectures and syllabus here
  • Berkeley presentations, lectures and syllabus here
  • Columbia 5-day presentations, lectures and syllabus here
  • Caltech 5-day presentations, lectures and syllabus here
  • Business Model Competition slides here
  • Some general customer development slides click here
  • National Science Foundation I-Corps presentations, lectures and syllabus click here
  • National Science Foundation/NCIIA I-Corps Faculty toolkit is here
  • LaunchPad Central – the standard for Bus Model Canvas/Customer Development progress for companies/incubators/accelerators

Business Model Canvas

Customer Development

Social Entrepreneurship / Non-Profits

Customer Discovery Checklist

Introduction

Before Leaving the Building

Outside the Building

Returning to the Building

How to Do Customer Discovery Interviews

Founder Stories

Website Domain Names

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Create Websites Automagically

“How Big is the Market?” Tools

“How Do I Contact Customers?” Tools

Surveys

Product Launch Tools/Landing Pages

  • Great Landing Page Tutorial – ConversionXL
  • LaunchRock – Create a viral “coming soon” landing page
  • LaunchSoon – create a coming soon landing page
  • Prefinery– Beta and Launch Mgmt software
  • LaunchEffect – WordPress Landing pages for viral launches
  • Ooomf – iPhone app store build/push/launch
  • Unbounce – create, publish & test promotion specific landing pages
  • Instapage – create a free landing page
  • KickoffLabs -product landing pages
  • LaunchGator – create a viral landing page
  • Atmio – mobile landing pages
  • Lander – create a landing page in minutes
  • Ion – create landing pages that convert
  • Clickthroo – landing pages with split-test, segment, personalization

Product Demo Videos

Screencasting Software

  • Screenflow– screen recording and editing
  • Snagit – screen capture
  • Camtasia – screen recording and video editing
  • Jing – screenshots and screencasts
  • Screen-o-Matic – cloud recording
  • SnapzProX – mac screen capture software
  • ScreenFlow – mac screen capture and effects
  • Screencastify – screen video recording for Chrome
  • Mediacore– screen video recording for Chrome plugin/mac downloadable
  • Snagit– Chrome plugin/downloadable, they also build a ton of other software (500 person company in Michigan)

Traditional Media

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On-Line Advertising Platforms (SEO)

Competitive Online Adword/PPC Analysis

  • SEMRush – SEO and campaign management tool
  • SimilarWeb – discover traffic for any web site or mobile app
  • Alexa – competitive website info
  • Tapdog – competitive website info
  • Compete – see competitive website traffic
  • Spyfu – download competitors keywords and ads
  • Market Samurai – SEO Keyword Analysis Tool
  • WordStream – competitive adword analysis

Social Media Advertising

  • Atlas – Facebook’s cross platform solution
  • Adaptly – twitter and facebook advertising platform
  • MarinSoftware – online advertising platform
  • Adroll – retargeting and display advertising
  • Kenshoo – predictive marketing
  • Adstage – manage google, bing, facebook, twitter & linked in Ads
  • Tweetdeck – twitter real-time tracking, organizing, and engagement
  • Followerwonk – Twitter analytics

Search Engine Optimization and Tools

SEO and Analytics Tutorials

Web/Social Customer Analytics Tools

  • Google Analytics – web analytics and optimizer from the borg
  • Kissmetrics– actionable analytics
  • QuantcastMeasure – measure reach, traffic, frequency, demographics, interests/lifestyle, etc
  • Comscore – ad agency/enterprise analytics
  • AdobeAnalytics – ex Omniture
  • Amazon Analytics – cross–platform mobile analytics reporting service for your app or game
  • FacebookDomainInsights – provides developers and Page owners with metrics about their content
  • HeapAnalytics – captures user action Clicks, taps, swipes, form submissions, page views and lets you measure it
  • GetClickyreal-time web analytics
  • Swix – analytics for social media and online
  • Leadlander – marketing automation analytics
  • Segment.io – analytics API
  • Wordtracker – find the best keywords and links
  • Serpico – monitor your competition, backlinks & rankings
  • WhatRunsWhere – locate and assess competitors ads and copy
  • Chart.io – easy analytics for business data
  • Mixpanel– real-time event tracking
  • DigMyData – analytics dashboard for sales, email, social and ad marketing
  • Crazyegg– visualize analytics
  • Mint – site analytics
  • Piwik – open source web analytics
  • Visistat – web analytics measure marketing campaigns
  • DbFace – SQL database application builder build no coding PHP or any frontend html, css
  • Webtrends – analytics and segments
  • Chartbeat – website analytics for doers
  • Kontagent – user analytics for the social and mobile web
  • Forsee – web, mobile, social, contact center analytics
  • Woopra – real time customer and visitor analytics
  • StatsMix – track and display internal & web metrics
  • Keylines – amazing email visualization tool (Palantir for the rest of us)
  • Ducksboard – very cool way to measure any online metrics
  • Cyfe – monitor social media, analytics, marketing, sales, support
  • Mention – media and social monitoring
  • Geckoboard – widget-driven business dashboard
  • Grappster – dashboard for your cloud apps
  • Leftronic – dashboard for real-time analytics
  • Ubiqdata into dashboards
  • PirateMetrics – track acquisition, activation, retention, referral, and revenue
  • Recon.io – Twitter brand monitoring
  • WhosTalkin – Social Media Search tool
  • Diffbot – identify and extract from any web page (stealth search engine!)
  • Kumu – track, visualize and leverage relationships

SEO for Mobile Apps

Mobile App Store Customer Analytics / Ad Platform

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Mobile App Location / Ad Platform / Misc

  • Placed – location based analytics for mobile apps & websites
  • Burstly – mobile app monetization tools
  • Yozio – campaign tracking & viral optimization for mobile apps
  • Tapjoy – mobile app turnkey ad platform
  • Appbackr – market, sell and distribute your apps
  • Chartboost – make money with mobile games
  • Playtomic – game analytics for all platforms
  • Google AdMob – monitize and promote your mobile games
  • Vungle – integrate video ads into your apps

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  • HubSpot – online marketing and web analytics system
  • Eloqua – marketing automation
  • Pardot – marketing automation for multi-touch sales
  • Silverpop – end to end marketing automation
  • HipCricket – mobile marketing platform
  • Performable – personable web analytics/lifecycle marketing
  • Custora – customer retention, churn reduction, lifetime value
  • Zoho – free/cheap web customer relationship mgmt software
  • Highrise – small business CRM
  • Pipedrive – sales pipeline management
  • Zferral – affiliate and referral marketing on the web
  • Genoo – marketing automation software
  • Act-on – marketing automation suite
  • HootSuite – social media dashboard
  • Wishpond – social media marketing
  • Intercom – CRM and web messaging tool for web apps
  • Salestrakr – low cost CRM
  • OntraPort – small business CRM, email management, list segmentation, marketing automation, billing, easy website building
  • InviteBox – referral program platform
  • Crowdtap – Influencer Marketing platform
  • Helloworld – promotions, loyalty, mobile, live events, analytics

Content Marketing Tools

  • ScoopIt – publishing by curation
  • Roojoom – turn content into leads
  • SnapApp – Content Marketing platform

Reddit

GrowthHacking

Social Monitoring

Email Marketing/Blasting

Transactional Email

Email Testing

  • Litmus – email previews and email analytics

Social Acquisition

  • Woobox – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social sweepstakes and coupons

Gamification

  • Bunchball – gamification for user engagement and loyalty
  • Hoopla – motivate employees, increase sales productivity
  • Badgeville – gamification platform
  • Gigya – social plugins, gamification

Loyalty Programs

  • RewardStream – loyalty, customer referral
  • 500Friends – customer loyalty program for ecommerce
  • NextBee – customer referral and loyalty programs
  • BigDoor – gamified loyalty and reward programs
  • UrbanAirship – push marketing for mobile

Collaboration

  • Pastebin – store and share text snippets online
  • Hipchat – private group chat & IM for business and teams
  • Yammer – private social network for companies
  • Google AppsEmail, Chat, Docs
  • LibreOffice – free wordprocessor, spreadsheet, drawing, presentation, pdf maker and database office suite
  • Skype– free voice and video communication tool
  • Fuzebox – web/mobile online conferencing
  • UberConference – online conference with visual icons
  • Typewithme – document collaboration tool
  • Google Hangouts – Googles uber Skyoe
  • Evernote – remember everything
  • Campfire – team collaboration
  • RealTimeBoard – online whiteboard & collaboration tool
  • Wikispaces – wikis for everyone
  • Slideshare – share Powerpoints and docs with customers
  • Join.me – free screen sharing
  • Ning – Create your own social network
  • Doodle – online group scheduling
  • Freeconferencecall.comFree conference calls – awesome!
  • Speek – easy to setup conference calls, file sharing
  • Syncpad – real time mobile collaborative whiteboard
  • Piktochart – make infographics

Personal Cloud Storage

  • Dropboxfree store, sync, and, share files online.
  • Tresorit – secure dropbox alternative
  • Google Drive – cloud storage and file backup
  • iCloud – Apple store everything in the cloud
  • OneDrive – Microsoft store everything in the cloud
  • Box – online file sharing

On-line Q&A / Development Communities

Blogging Platforms

  • WordPress– king of blogging platforms…doubles as startup website
  • Tumblr – another blogging platform
  • Disqus – Comments Platform
  • Livefrye – alternate to Disqus

Wireframing Tools

Markdown – text to HTML Text Style editor

  • Markdown – John Gruber’s original markdown syntax
  • Mastering Markdown –  github
  • CommonMark – strongly specified, highly compatible implementation of Markdown
  • BabelMark2 – tool for comparing the output of various implementations of John Gruber’s markdown syntax
  • MDtest – Michael Fortin’s test suite for Markdown implementations
  • Mou – markdown editor for Mac
  • Markdown editors for Windows
  • Marked – provides a preview of your Markdown as you work in a text editor
  • Dillinger – free online markdown editor that syncs with Dropbox, Google Drive and Github.

Web Drawing Libraries

  • Paperjs – vector graphics scripting framework runs on HTML5 Canvas
  • Raphael – vector graphics JavaScript library – best for older browsers
  • Processingjs – vector graphics scripting framework runs on HTML5 Canvas
  • Verb -Javascript CAD Library for manipulating NURB surfaces on the web

Web Screen Scraping Tools

  • Import.io – screen scraper and crawler – free

Word Cloud Generators

  • Taxedo – word cloud with styles
  • WordMosaic – create word cloud inside your own symbol/picture
  • Yippy – create world cloud for your blog-generates html and matches blog style
  • Worldle – word cloud generator
  • Worditout – word cloud generator
  • VocabGrabber – word cloud plus visual thesaurus – really useful

Website Usability Testing/Heatmaps/Mouse Tracking

  • Usertesting – $39 live users testing your site – cheap
  • ProdThink – test a feature before you code it
  • YouEye – usability testing with webcam eye tracking
  • Validately – Test a feature before you write code
  • LuckyOrange – affordable usability testing, heat maps, polls, visitor map
  • Experimently – heat maps, A/B testing experiments
  • Nelio A/B Testing – WordPress conversion optimization. Test headlines, posts, pages, widgets, themes, heatmaps
  • Crowdsourced Testing – just like it sounds
  • SessionCam – session replay, heat maps, conversion funnels
  • FiveSecondTest – fine-tune landing pages
  • TryMyUI– watch videos of users using your site
  • FeedbackArmy – $20 website usability testing
  • WhatUsersDo – UK live usability testing
  • Clicktale – watch live clicks and browsing, optimize usability
  • Usabilla – Micro usability tests
  • OptimalWorkshop – tool suite for remote user research
  • Clickheat – heat map of a website (where do users click)
  • Mouseflow – attention heatmaps, mouse tracking and video playback
  • Clixpy – tracks users clicks and browsing
  • Openhallway – lets you remotely record user test scenarios
  • InspectLet – Usability testing/Heat Maps and screen capture
  • UsabilityTools – discover user needs, increase conversion rates
  • Criticue.com – web designers get free feedback about their designs
  • LookTracker – eye tracking maps

Emotion Analytics

  • Affectiva – Test content for emotional engagement by facial analysis
  • Emotient – facial expression recognition software
  • Realeyes – measure peoples emotions via a webcam
  • Sension – use webcams as a visual interface for interacting with content

Mobile Usability Testing/Heatmaps/Build Tools

  • Amazon Mobile SDK– build mobile apps, mobile-optimized connectors to AWS data streaming, storage and database services
  • HeatData – heatmaps for Mobile website
  • Heatma.ps – Heatmaps for IOS apps
  • Clutch.io – A/B testing for Mobile Apps
  • Taplytics – A/B testing on IOS without app store updates
  • Apptimize – mobile A/B testing for iOS and Android
  • TestFlight – IOS beta testing on the fly
  • Elusivestars – mobile app testing for developers
  • Testin – cross platform automated app testing solutions
  • Pusher – hosted API for realtime mobile/web apps
  • Corona – mobile development platform
  • PerfectoMobile – mobile app testing
  • MobiReady – testing tool evaluates website mobile-readiness
  • Compuware – test your website for “mobile ready”
  • Rigor – test/monitor performance of mobile apps/websites
  • W3C Mobile OK – test your website for mobile
  • Google Page Speed – test your mobile speed
  • AppMockUpTools – iPhone App Mockups
  • Bugclipper – plug n play bug reporting library  capture screen shots, highlight issues & record screen activity
  • Appery – Cloud-based HTML5, jQuery Mobile & Hybrid Mobile App Builder for Android, iOS and Windows Phone

Website A/B and Landing Page Testing

Website/Browser Testing

  • Sauce Labs – cross-browser testing in the cloud
  • Browerstack – test websites across all browser w/debugging tools
  • CrossBrowserTesting – pick an OS, pick a browser, pick a website
  • Testling – cross browser testing
  • Browershots – free  browser testing makes screenshots in different os’s and browsers
  • 99Tests – Crowdsourced software testing
  • BetaList – get beta testers online

Website Performance Testing

  • NewRelic – manage and tune website performance for Rails
  • WebPageTest – website speed test from multiple locations around the world
  • Google Pagespeed – performance recommendations
  • PingDom – uptime and user monitoring
  • Super Monitoring – uptime and basic website functions monitoring
  • SpeedCurve – front-end performance benchmarking
  • Monitive – site uptime monitoring
  • Monitor – free website monitoring
  • Webmon – website monitoring and escalation

Website Designers

  • 99 Designs – marketplace for crowdsourced graphic design
  • IconFinder – great way to find free graphic icons on the web
  • FindIcons – 400,000+ icons on the web
  • xScope – measure, align and inspect on-screen graphics and layouts
  • Scoutzle – curated community for the best mobile designers

Website Design Tools

Phone/SMS Cloud Apps

  • Twilio – add mobile and sms to your app
  • Tropo – Cloud API for adding voice and sms to your app
  • Callfire – add voice and sms to your app
  • Voxeo – voice recognition and IVR to your app
  • Jajah -telephony api
  • PlumVoice– IVR Systems

Photo/Video Analysis Tools

Voice Analysis Tools

Web Application Frameworks

Apple iOS and MacOs Frameworks

Android Development Framework

Microsoft Development Framework

  • VisualStudioCode – Build and debug web and cloud apps. Code is free. For Mac OSX, Windows
  • ASP.NET5 – open source framework for web and cloud includes ASP.NET MVC, Web API, Web Pages and SignalR
  • ASP.Net – Microsoft official site
  • ASP.NetMVC – model view controller Microsoft site
  • MicrosoftVisualStudio – integrated development environment for Windows

Machine Learning/Deep Learning/Data Science

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Computer Vision/Image Recognition

  • PCL – Point Cloud open source 2D/3D image and point cloud processing Library
  • OpenCV – open source computer vision library
  • SimpleVC – open source computer vision Python library
  • Scikit – open source image processing in Python
  • ImageNet – easily accessible image database for researchers organized according to the WordNet hierarchy
  • Caletch 101 – Pictures of objects belonging to 101 categories. About 40 to 800 images per category
  • Great paper – Fast, Accurate Detection of 100,000 Object Classes on a Single Machine
  • Clarifai – advanced image recognition
  • Torch/fbcunn – examples to train classifiers over ImageNet
  • Pixy – Open source vision system, connects to Arduino
  • Camfind – Image Recognition API
  • Sirius – open source Speech and Vision Based Intelligent Personal Assistant
  • Facenet – A Unified Embedding for Face Recognition and Clustering
  • vision.ai – real-time vision servers and clusters
    • VMX – real-time object detection and recognition system
  • Blogs

Text Analysis Tools/Natural Language Platforms

Physics Engines for games/robotics

  • Box2D – 2d physics engine for games
  • Bullet – physics simulation engine
  • Chipmunk– 2D real-time rigid body physics engine
  • Chrono:EngineC++ simulation library
  • Farseer – based on Box2D w/collision detection
  • Havok – collision detection and physics engine
  • Matter.js – JavaScript 2D rigid body physics engine for the web
  • Metali – 3D physics engine
  • Moby – multi-body dynamics simulation library written in C++
  • Newton – life-like physics simulation library
  • Open Dynamics Engine – library for simulating rigid body dynamics
  • p2.js – JavaScript 2D physics library
  • Physics Abstraction Layer (PAL) – unified interface to a number of different physics engines
  • PhysicsJS – physics engine for javascript
  • OpenTissue – algorithms and data structures for rapid development of interactive modeling and simulation
  • Tokamak – real time physics engine
  • TrueAxis – real time physics engine

Simulation/Game AI Engines

  • Stage –sophisticated simulation scenarios across massive gaming areas
  • Artificial Contender – AI middleware for behavior-capture
  • Cyntient AI – AI middleware
  • DI-Guy – human simulation software
  • Gameware – AI middleware, NavMesh generation, hierarchical pathfinding, and path following
  • Masa Life – AI middleware, design how characters behave and how they interact with the world
  • Rain – AI character engine – behavior creation, automatic navigation mesh generation, and animation control
  • SimBionic – create intelligent behavior for games and simulations
  • SpirOps – AI middleware for crowd simulations
  • Kerbal – space program simulation

DARPA Open Source

NASA Open Source

  • NASA Open Catalog – curated list of NASA-sponsored software, also Wow – worth a look

Security

Cloud Services and Tools

BessemerCloudscape

Enterprise Data Center Operating Systems

  • Why the data center needs an os – O’Reilly
  • Scheduling on Large Clusters – Tiwari
  • Docker – king of containers – open platform for distributed applications for developers and sysadmins
  • Kubernetes – Manage a cluster of Linux containers as a single system from Google
  • Cluster Mangement Tools
    • Mesos – distributed systems kernel up to 10,000 nodes
      • Tutorial  – anton lindstrom
      • Mesos architecture paper – Hindman, Konwinski, Zaharia, et al
      • Spark – general engine for large-scale data processing on Mesos
      • Storm – distributed realtime computation system on Mesos
      • Chronos – distributed and fault-tolerant scheduler on top of Mesos
      • Marathon – cluster-wide init and control system for services in cgroups or Docker containers runs on top of Mesos
      • Hadoop – running on Mesos
    • Mesosphere – distributed systems for data centers
    • YARN -Apache Hadoop NextGen MapReduce
    • Zookeeper – centralized service for config, naming, distributed synchronization, group services
    • Oozie – workflow scheduler for Hadoop
  • Workflow Monitoring Tools
    • Hue – import/export oozie workflows
    • Ambari – web app for monitoring and controlling hadoop
    • Lipstick – graphical depiction of Apache Pig workflow
  • Coreos – linux for massive server deployments – shared configuration and service discovery

 

Data Engineering Ecosystem

Data center orchestration and configuration management tools

  • Puppet – configuration management system
  • Chef – configuration management system
  • Saltstack– cloud orchestration, server provisioning, configuration management
  • Ansible – configuration management, app deployment
  • CFEngine – IT infrastructure automation
  • NixOS – Linux configuration management system
  • Apache Nifi – dataflow system (directed graphs of data routing, transformation, and system mediation logic)
  • Apache Flume – collect, aggregate and move large amounts of streaming event data
  • Apache Camel – define routing and mediation rules
  • Apache Kafka – high-throughput distributed messaging system

NoSQL Databases

Development Tools

  • VirtualBox – x86 Virtualization
  • Perl Object Environment – Perl framework for reactive systems, cooperative multitasking, and network applications
  • Codeacademy Labs – program in Ruby, Python, and JavaScript online without downloading a code editor or IDE
  • Koding – cloud development environment, code editor, hosting service, collaboration platform
  • CircleCi – Continuous integration and deployment tool for web apps
  • yUMLsketch uml diagrams.
  • WebSequenceDiagramssketch sequence diagrams. automatic links to generated images
  • Rietveld asynchronous code reviews on changesets
  • Fluid – turn webapps into Mac OS X apps
  • TextMate – code and markup editor
  • Coda – one-window web development app for the Mac
  • Coderunner – Edit/run code in any programming language with a click
  • SourceLair  cloud coding platform C, Python, Ruby and API
  • WebBiscuits – framework for web apps for smartphones and tablets
  • Best free programming books
  • CodeAcademy – learn to code
  • Webkit – build your own browser
  • Appery – Cloud-based HTML5, jQuery Mobile & Hybrid Mobile App Builder for Android, iOS and Windows Phone

Project Management

Open-source software hosting

  • Github – Free public repositories, collaborator management, issue tracking, wikis, downloads, code review, graphs
  • Sourceforge – Free. For open-source projects
  • JavaForge – free open source project hosting site
  • Bitbucket – free cloud hosting for Git or Mecurial projects
  • Sourcetree – free mac client for Git, Mercurial and SVN
  • Mercurial – free, distributed source code control management system
  • Aha! – product roadmap software

Kanban and Scrum Tools

  • Kanban versus Scrum – description
  • Kanban Tools
  • Scrum Tools
  • Basecamp– web-based project management and collaboration tool
  • Pivotal Tracker – Agile project management tool real time collaboration
  • Ansible – configuration mgmt, app deployment, continuos delivery
  • Trello – team collaboration around “boards”
  • Sprintly – agile collaborate>prioritize>create git integration
  • Podio – collaborative project management
  • Flow – collaborative task and project management
  • Interstate – open project management
  • Apollo – integrated project and contact management
  • Rally – agile product management
  • Blossom – lean product management
  • BrightPod – product mgmt for marketing teams
  • Trajectory – agile product mgmt, write and discuss user stories, bugs, and to-dos
  • Clarizen – cloud project mgmt tool
  • Webplanner – online collaborative project management application.
  • ChiliProject – web based project management
  • Exepron – cloud based project management
  • ProofHub – web project mgmt & collaboration
  • Kiln – Version control and code review
  • PushPinPlanner – online real-time resource planning for agile teams
  • DaPulse – cross company collaboration
  • Asana – shared task list for your team
  • ProdPad – proj mgmt w/road mapping
  • Producteev – web/mobile task mgmt
  • ProcedureRock – create, procedures, instructions, guides, online help
  • Managewith.us – Collaborative Task Manager
  • ProcessPlan – task mgmt via email
  • Redbooth -combines social networking and project management
  • ProjectManager – project planner, time/expense tracking
  • TeamCity – continuous integration/unit testing, code quality analysis, pre-tested commits, report on build problems
  • Milestone Planner – planner for deadline/outcome driven environments
  • 5pm – Online project management tool
  • TimeBill – Replicon task management tool
  • AgileZen – project management visually see and interact with your work
  • GoPlan – collaborative project management
  • Unfuddle –hosted project management solution for software teams
  • Taskpoint – online project mgmt and collaboration
  • Centroy – online project mgmt
  • Do[Box] – project mgmt, save, resuse and share project models
  • Projify – simplified project management
  • Mavenlink – manage project communications, documents, schedules, budgets, payments
  • NeuLexa – enterprise project mgmt
  • ProcedureRock – operations and procedures mgmt
  • Userlike – live chat software for websites
  • Industrial Logic – Agile eLearning
  • PMToolkit – project management templates
  • Kanbanchi – dashboard/collaboration tool for Google Apps
  • Sandglaz – online team collaboration

Product Roadmaps for Product Managers

  • Wizeline – create product roadmaps
  • Aha! – roadmapping software for product managers
  • ProdPad – create product roadmaps

Bug/Issue Tracking

  • Bugherd – simple issue tracking for web developers
  • Lighthouse – Issue Tracking Tool
  • Sifter – hosted bug and issue tracking
  • Toggle – time tracking tool
  • Jira – Bug, Issue and classic Project tracking tool
  • Fogbugz -bug tracking, project mgmt, customer support
  • Bontq – hosted bug tracking and project management needs
  • WakaTime – Automatic time tracking for your text editor
  • Intervals – time tracking and task management
  • Preceden – simple way to make timelines for presentations
  • RayGun – error tracking tool for software developers

Web Server Stress Testing

  • Google Page Speed – test your web page speed
  • Httperf– HP Web Server Performance tool
  • Siege – http load testing and benchmarking utility
  • Jmeter – java-based server load testing
  • Tourbus – ruby website load testing tool

Digital Asset Management

Localization

Self Created Products Selling Sites

  • Gumroad – sell your digital products directly to your audience
  • Etsy – buy and sell all things handmade
  • Amazon 3D printing store
  • Cafepress – buy and sell T-shirts, Personalized Gifts, Unique Mugs, Posters & More
  • Zazzle – buy and sell T-shirts, Personalized Gifts, and more
  • Folksy – buy and sell handmade gifts and crafts
  • RedBubble – art gallery & community
  • Storenvy – buy and sell goods and brands that inspire
  • Blurb – publish books

Credit Cards/Billing/Subscription Management/E-Store

Building information modeling

  • Autodesk Revit – BIM solutions
  • Vectorworks – 2/3D CAD and BIM solution
  • BIMx – sharing hypermodels
  • BIMcloud – BIM in the Cloud
  • AllPlan – EU BIM software
  • OpenBIM – home of Open BIM collaboration via the IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) file format

Customer Support/Feedback/Engagement

  • Nirror – live support/watch playback of customer actions on your site
  • Tender – support, knowledgebase tool for your site
  • GetSatisfaction – conversations between companies / customers
  • Triibe – incentive-based customer service
  • Zendesk – web help software
  • Clickdesk – Help desk, live chat, social toolbar
  • Zopim – real time customer support/live chat
  • HelpScout – simple setup, easy integration, help desk software
  • Desk – from Salesforce, easy and simple; email/social/chat/phone
  • SnapEngage – live chat integrates with your apps
  • Freshdesk – completely unique never seen before web help software
  • Olark – live customer chat and customer loyalty
  • LiveChat – live customer chat, archives of conversations
  • Groove – simple online Help Desk
  • VisitorEngage – behavioral-based feedback button, surveys & website notifications
  • Assistly – Support customers by Web, email, chat, and social networks
  • Vision Helpdesk – Support for multiple companies from one place
  • OneDesk – ideation to delivery and support issues, tickets, tasks
  • HappyFox – collate, categorize and respond to all requests
  • CustomerSure –  online customer service, feedback into retention
  • HelpSpot – Helpdesk software
  • Webengage – engagement; website survey, feedback and notification tool
  • SupportBee – help customers via email, robust ticketing
  • JitBit – Help desk ticketing system, cloud and on premises versions
  • HelpRace – helpdesk, knowledge base and a feedback community in one platform

Testimonials/Social Reviews

  • Testimonial Monkey –  integrate customer feedback into your site
  • PostKudos – collect customer testimonials
  • Yotpo – social reviews for eCommerce
  • Kayako – Help desk
  • UserVoice – turn customer feedback into action
  • Kampyle – turn customer feedback into sales and relationships

Recruiting Tools

Password Managers

Password API’s

  • Authy – add two-factor authentication to your sites
  • Userbin – add two-factor authentication to your sites

Misc Office Help

cb insights unbundling fedex

Outsourcing/Freelance Help

  • Amazon Mechanical Turk – set up any task and get answers
  • Elance – find/hire freelancers
  • SkillsHive – become a/hire freelancer online
  • Upwork – hire low-cost international engineering talent
  • Freelancer – outsourcing for small business
  • VWorker – find/hire freelancers
  • GroupTalent – developers and designers on demand
  • BusinessTalentGroup – consultants and executives on demand
  • Tongal – get creative work -TV commercials, social videos, music videos, branded entertainment on demand
  • Handy – outsource home cleaning, Ikea assembly, handyman
  • TaskRabbit – outsource errands and skilled tasks
  • Medicast – house call doctors on demand

Robotics/Drones

  • ROS – Robot Operating System – open source framework for writing robot software
  • Artoo – Ruby micro-framework for robotics based on sinatra
  • Gazebo – 3d Robot simulation software
  • MRPT – Mobile robotics C++ libraries
  • OpenPilot – Open Source UAV autopilot
  • Paparazzi – open-source hardware and software  autopilot  for fixedwing & multicopters
  • DIYDrones – community for amateur UAV’s
  • QGroundControl – open source UAV ground control operator station
  • DroneDeploy – outsourced drones
  • Navio+ – raspberry pi autopilot
  • Dronebase – Get imagery & video via drone

Software Defined Radio

  • GNU Radio – open source software defined radio
  • ETTUS Research – hardware for software defined radio
  • HackRF – software defined radio 10 MHz to 6 GHz

Audio

  • AudioKit – audio synthesis, processing and analysis
  • Essentia – open-source C++ library for audio analysis and audio-based music information retrieval
  • Csound – a C-based audio programming language
  • SuperCollider – environment and programming language for real time audio synthesis and algorithmic composition

Chips/Hardware Resources/Tools

Electronics Component Suppliers

Startup Design/Prototype/Manufacturing Consultants/Helpers

  • Proto Services – ISO 9001/2000 certified manufacturing in Silicon Valley
  • The Build Shop – 3D printing and Laser cutting shop in LA
  • Jatco – plastic molding and manufacturing in Silicon Valley
  • Studio Fathom – Prototype Fabrication & Bridge-to-Production Services
  • Fictiv  – order 3D parts easily for hardware prototyping
  • Dix Metals provider of precision-cut, machine-ready blanks
  • Tempo Automation – desktop pick and place robot automates surface mount assembly
  • Dragon Innovation – works with startups to provide a clear from prototype through production with manufacturing expertise and trusted connections
  • MakeSimply – idea to production, simplified – get MVPs, get products into production

Manufacturing Resources

3D Printers

3D Printing Services

3d printer market

Custom Machine Parts/Industrial Supplies

Low cost CAM Software

Life Science Resources

Medical Device Resources – Stanford Biodesign 

Medical Device Resources – General

Synthetic Biology

Digital Health

digital health

 

__________

Market Research Tools

Private “pay for market research” firms

Datasets

U.S. State/Canada/Federal Open Data

Solar & Renewables Open Data

Other Governments Open Data

Research Data

Statistics

Open Company Data/Stats/API

Genomic/BioMed Data

Public or University library Resources:

Market Research Resources Online

__________

Starting and Running a Startup Advice

Best Startup Advice

Incorporating Your Company

Entrepreneurship Reading List

Entrepreneurship Online

Startups Data

  • Mattermark – quantifying company growth for startup investors
  • Compass – Turn data into actionable insights
  • AngelList – connecting startups and angels

Coworking Spaces

Angel/SuperAngel Investors

VC’s Focused on Commercializing University Technology

Crowdfunding

Incubator List/ Startup Jobs

Advice on Raising Startup Capital

Cap Tables / Valuation

Education Startups

New Schools EdTech Map

Higher Ed tech landscape

Venture Capital Financing

Boilerplate Venture Funding Documents

Building/Managing Your Board

Intellectual Property Advice

Founder Equity Issues

Compensation

Executive / Advisory Board Compensation

Public Relations (PR) For Tech Companies

Finance 101 for Entrepreneurs

Metrics/Benchmarks/Growth

Untitled

 

Saas vs. Enterprise Churn Rates

Saas vs. Enterprise Churn Rates

Web/Mobile/Marketplace Revenue Models

Commission Fees

Burn Rate/Balance Sheet

Product Pricing 101 for Entrepreneurs

Getting Acquired

Lawyers/Legal

Fighting Patent Trolls

Corporate Innovation Programs

List of Investment Platforms

China – Doing Business

china ecosystem

2015 china top100 brands

China Blogs

China Military Books/Blogs

Japan – Doing Business

Must Read Blogs

venture blogs

More to read

Lean LaunchPad Videos

This is the complete list of Launchpad Video clips created to date and sorted by topic:

Legend:
TC Teaching Critigues
SL Student Learning
CD Customer Discovery series
UCB UC Berkeley LaunchPad Spring ’13 series
UCSF UCSF Life Science & Healthcare Launchpad Fall ‘2013 series

Mentor Training

  1. Lean LaunchPad Mentor Training UCSF

General Discussion

  1. How Large Will You Scale? (03:03) TC UCB
  2. What If You’re a Visionary? – Risks & Rewards (4:53) SL UCSF
  3. Your Startup: Do You Want to Spend 3 to 4 Years Doing This? (5:14) TC UCSF
  4. Don’t Let the MVP Limit Your Vision (03:40) TC UCB

Customer Discovery

  1. “It Saved Us Several Years” (1:45) SL UCSF
  2. Stop Telling Yourself What You Want to Believe (1.39) SL UCSF
  3. Narrowing the Focus (1:21) SL UCSF
  4. Why PI’s and Founders Need to Get Out of the Building (2:15) SL UCSF
  5. “This Was the Best Outcome” (2:50) SL UCSF
  6. Getting to the “Better Idea” Faster (3:59) SL UCSF
  7. Insights on: Does Customer Development Work in Therapeutics? (6:11) UCSF
  8. The Phases of Customer Discovery (0:37) CD

Before Leaving the Building

  1. Pre-Planning Contacts (4:34) CD
  2. Customer Interview Dry Runs (0:49) CD
  3. Discovery is for Founders (1:30) CD
  4. Pass/Fail Experiments (1:32) CD

Outside the Building

  • Rules of Customer Interviews
  1. Being Aggressive (1:29) CD
  2. Conducting a Customer Interview (1:30) CD
  3. Letting the Customer Interview Flow (1:37) CD
  4. Sizing the Opportunity (2:50) CD
  5. Finding Patterns (1:50) CD
  6. Looking for Insights (0:58) CD
  • Early Mistakes to Avoid
  1. Death by PowerPoint (1:42) CD
  2. Death by Demo 1 (2:18) CD
  3. Death by Demo 2 (1:45) CD
  4. Understanding the Problem (3:22) CD
  5. Multi-Person Interview (2:03) CD
  6. Assuming You Know (1:56) CD
  7. B-to-B to C (2:15) CD
  8. Existing vs. New Markets (5:29) CD
  9. Asking the Right Question (2:37) CD
  10. Public Interviews (2:11) CD

Understanding What the Customer Is Telling You

  1. Engaging the Customer (3:37) CD
  2. Customer Empathy (2:25) CD
  3. The Distracted Customer (3:12) CD
  4. Customers Lie (2:37)
  5. The User, the Buyer & the Saboteur (2:24) CD

Back in the Building

  1. Extracting Insight from Data (2:59) CD
  2. Pay Attention to Outliers (2:16) CD
  3. Getting the MVP Right (3:34) CD
  4. The “Other 85%” (2:32) CD
  5. Finding Early Evangelists (1:17) CD
  6. Communicating Your Discoveries (2:26) CD

Value Proposition

  1. Pivoting…or Groping for a Business Model? (02:37) TC UCB
  2. Seduced by Insufficient Data (02:34) TC UCB

Customer Relationships

  1. Insights on: Customer Relationships – Week 4 (12:00) UCSF
  2. Use Customers to Find More Customers (02:22) TC UCB
  3. Customer Conversion (03:22) TC UCB

Customer Segments

  1. Insights on: Customer Segments – Week 2 (12:43) UCSF
  2. Estimating Market Size (01:49) SL UCB
  3. Customer Workflow (02:10) SL UCB
  4. Customer Discovery / Customer Archetype (04:04) SL UCB
  5. Customer Archetypes; Hypotheses & Experiments (03:21) SL UCB
  6. Customer Segments & Customer Archetypes (03:47) SL UCB
  7. The Fog of Entrepreneurship (03:01) TC UCB
  8. At the Start, All Your Stakeholders Are Customers (02:32) TC UCB
  9. Square Pegs & Round Holes – Mira Medicine (4:33) TC UCSF

Channels

  1. Insights on: Channels – Week 3 (14:52) UCSF
  2. Framing the Experiment (02:27) TC UCB
  3. Distribution Channels: One Data Point Is Not a Test (02:37) TC UCB

Revenue Streams

  1. Value Based Pricing – “We Were Gobsmacked!” (6:43) SL UCSF
  2. Insights on: Revenue Streams – Week 5 (17:04) UCSF
  3. The Importance of Experiments (03:57) TC UCB
  4. Validating Product Pricing (03:55) TC UCB

Key Partners

  1. Insights on: Key Partners – Week 6 (17:08) UCSF
  2. Listen Carefully for Customer Discovery (03:20) TC UCB
  3. The Timing of Partnerships (03:46) TC UCB

Key Activities & Key Resources

  1. Insights on: Science Advisory Boards (4:53) UCSF
  2. Insights on: Resources, Activities & Costs (12:26) UCSF
  3. No Laundry Lists. Just Facts! (02:43) TC UCB

Final Video

  1. Accelerated Medical Diagnostics: Final Video (2:41) SL UCSF
  2. Knox: Final Video (2:17) SL UCSF
  3. Magnamosis: Final Video (2:51) SL UCSF
  4. Making Friends: Final Video (2:19) SL UCSF
  5. Mira Medicine: Final Video (2:23) SL UCSF
  6. ResultCare: Final Video (3:08) SL UCSF
  7. Tidepool.org: Final Video (3:48) SL UCSF
  8. Vitruvian Therapeutics: Final Video (8:34) SL UCSF

Final Presentations

  1. Knox: Final Presentation (8:33) SL UCSF
  2. Magnamosis: Final Presentation (10:19) SL UCSF
  3. Making Friends: Final Presentation (8:38) SL UCSF
  4. Mira Medicine: Final Presentation (9:26) SL UCSF
  5. ResultCare: Final Presentation (11:34) SL UCSF
  6. Tidepool.org: Final Presentation (16:45) SL UCSF
  7. Vitruvian Therapeutics: Final Presentation (8:34) SL UCSF

“Getting Your Story Straight” – David Riemer on Storytelling

  1. Story Narrative and Product Narrative (10:24) UCSF
  2. Story & Storytelling (4:35) UCSF
  3. The Power of Story (10:24) UCSF
  4. Story Structure (10:24) UCSF
  5. The Main Character (9:27) UCSF
  6. The Main Conflict (6:13) UCSF
  7. Story Challenges & Solutions (2:03) UCSF
  8. Telling a Great Story (13:16) UCSF

Misc

Some of the material I have created or use in my classes does not lend itself to blogs. It’s more reference material. Thus, these pages.  I’ll add more as time goes on. See my slide/video links

Tenacity If you’ve gotten this far, here is a visual representation of tenacity and persistence

And an example here that While you can’t always get what you, you can get what you need.

589 Responses

  1. Very interesting stuff. I am both an avid entrepreneur and book worm but must admit to having not read most of the books on your list. It is certaintly a great list to motivate me to get reading again. Keep up the great work!

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  2. Hi Steve!

    My name is Crystal Williams, and I maintain a small business blog called Babeofbusiness.com. I recently did a piece on the best books for startups, where I included your book “Four Steps to the Epiphany.” If you have a few moments and are interested, I would love to have you post your recommended books in the comments section.

    Thanks!

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  3. Hi Steve,

    Read your book “The four steps …” and have enjoyed it and your blog. I have recently been doing some research on Entrepreneurship in Brazil, while also trying to start my own company. I wanted to ask you what you thought about “context” ? I.e a lot is written in general terms, mostly US centric. What about emerging economies, what caveats do they posses ? Also do you agree with the notion of Entrepreneurship as “opportunity recognition” ?

    Regards
    Avron

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  4. Hi Steve,

    I enjoyed your book and I found it helped me connect a lot of dots which now make more sense!

    Most of the examples you cite in the book are targeted on highlighting challenges faced by each of the respective companies. I was wondering if you have a couple of examples of companies that have utilized your methodology and enjoyed great market success crossing the chasm and becoming successful mission-centric companies from start ups?

    Any examples would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you.

    Greg G.

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  5. Hello Steve,

    I am currently reading The Four Steps to the Epiphany. The granular, tactical process that is laid out is amazing. I’ve experienced working for companies that did it the wrong way and one that went through the “death spiral” just as you describe. This thoroughly instilled in me that some sort of process more akin to yours must be the way to go. But until reading his book and blog I hadn’t known the exact steps to take and in which order.

    Are there digital copies of some of the worksheets and checklists in the appendix of your book available in digital format? These would be extremely useful in getting buy-in and working collaboratively through the process across our founding team.

    Thanks and Regards,

    Luke L.
    – Waterloo, Ontario

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  6. Hi Steve,

    I wish I had discovered your book earlier. It became my bible (after the real one :-) to develop my company LocalBooking. I think this is perfect for it.

    I wish I could have you as a consultant to help my company to take off. I am still trying to figure out the right market and customers for it.

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  7. Steve:

    I just found your site and blog from a link off Venture Hacks
    “Two great talks from SLLConf”

    I fell like I’ve just found the mother lode!

    Thanks a million. Now I’ve really got my work cut out, but you just gave me a big “leg up”.

    — Mike

    http://www.fintelligence.org

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  8. Steve, you don’t know me though I use your ‘Customer Development process’ video in my classes (Entrepreneurship at London Business School).

    I hewar via thew grapevine that you’re thinking about a ‘Business Model Competition’. Interesting. Can we touch base on this.

    Jeff skinner
    Faculty, London Business School.

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  9. Hey Steve

    Reading great struff around your Customer Development process, would love to see you speak around this

    Are you doing anything in the UK in the near future that I can turn up for?

    Thanks

    Phil Gainley

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  10. Steve, wonderful job!

    Thank you

    Margit Niemelä
    PhD, Principal Lecturer, Entrepreneur
    Vaasa University of Applied Sciences

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  11. Steve,
    This is an incredibly useful list and the book – 4 steps to Epiphany is a must-read for any startup. Pearls of wisdom, wish I’d read it earlier.
    And I’m of an opinion that its the right way to productize for a large corporate as well. After all, most of them seem to have only one or two hits (or high profit margin products).

    Are your lectures (in b-schools) open to public?

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  12. @Steve, I frequently feel like thanking you on every one of your posts, at the Amazon reviews, etc.

    Doing so would extend your posts’ comments sections while adding little value.

    But I definitely have to do it somewhere, at least once. Using this page – just the one that I happen to be using at this very moment – feels ok.

    You’ve been top of my entrepreneurship mentors/heroes for over a year now.

    @Entrepreneurs not fans of Steve, read his books. Read his blog.

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  13. Do you have the worksheets from your book available online anywhere?

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  14. Hi Steve,
    It was a pleasure to meet you at the Churchill Club event tonight. I met you immediately after the panel ended. I am an expert on Corporate Entrepreneurship and lecture in Drew Isaacs’ courses and CEE programs.

    I recommend that corporate entrepreneurs read “Grow from Within: Mastering Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation’, Lippitz and Wolcott, 2010.

    Let’s plan to connect at Berkeley sometime soon.

    Best regards,
    Paul Campbell
    e: startupgenie@gmail.com

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  15. […] Αξίζει πραγματικά να κάνετε bookmark και να ψάξετε στα ¨Startup Resources¨ του συγκεκριμένου […]

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  16. Steve

    Great list of books..

    When you come over to the UK would love to see you speak

    Thanks

    Phil

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  17. Great resources!

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  18. Awesome resources! Thanks.

    Jason

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  19. wow. that is tenacity!

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  20. http://www.Iconfinder.com is missing in the Website tools category

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  21. Great post,

    I’d recommend adding http://managewith.us to the Project Management section :-)

    Andy

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  22. What about http://pickfu.com/ for cheap and easy a/b tests and surveys?

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  23. Great compilation. There is nothing on sales. Can you add useful resource for generating sales for start-ups.

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  24. Dim dim was acquired by Salesforce and has been shut down.

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  25. Steve, what a killer list.

    One thought — it’s not just the tools, but the culture in the company to implement the tools.

    We call it “playing a computer like an instrument” at AppMakr. http://go.danielodio.com/instrument

    DROdio
    CEO, AppMakr.com

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  26. Shameless plug: Folks can also try Recruiterbox (similar to Resumator) to manage their hiring / applicant tracking

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  27. What about CRM? You don’t think startups should use CRM tools? I know that in B2B world you are dead in the water without CRM tool….
    We are using our own stuff – http://www.discoursehq.com :)

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  28. Thank you for all the great links, how can i get an invite to quora?

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  29. Steve, Very interesting list of resources. Thanks!

    What about Django http://djangoproject.com as Web Development Framework?

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  30. Here’s a few that are central to my work.

    Billing/Subscription Management:

    Braintree http://www.braintreepaymentsolutions.com – Payment gateway, merchant account, and recurring billing all in one. Known for their great customer service.

    Web Development Tools:

    Sendgrid http://sendgrid.com – Sends transactional email (signed up, forgot password, notifications) on behalf of you application. High deliverability rates.

    Hoptoad http://hoptoadapp.com – Collects production application errors, groups them so developers can see one backtrace and how many times the error occurred.

    Blogs (VC):

    Antonio Rodriguez http://theonda.org/ – A very technical VC at Matrix partners who can actually code.

    Blogs (web development):

    Giant Robots Smashing Into Other Giant Robots – http://robots.thoughtbot.com Company blog of thoughtbot covering Ruby on Rails, HTML, CSS, Javascript, databases, and mobile development.

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  31. Thanks for including Grasshopper in your list Steve!

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  32. Steve,

    Looking forward to hearing you speak in Ann Arbor next month!

    Would love to have you include my referral platform http://zferral.com to the marketing category.

    Thanks.

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  33. I would also recommend Ash Maurya’s Lean Canvas:

    http://leancanvas.com/ a tool for documenting your business model and managing tests, as well as his book

    Running Lean
    http://www.runningleanhq.com/

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  34. Steve,

    Big fan & great list – we use a lot of these tools for our lean startup.

    I’d like to throw my hat in the ring for you to add http://www.mavenlink.com under the Project Management category and/or the Freelance category. We have an end-to-end suite that helps consultants and clients work better together. We’re lean and 40k people (and growing!) agree that we’ve got the best PM/time tracking/invoicing app out there.

    Roger

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  35. Thanks for the shout out to TSF. To put together a fantastic list!

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  36. Steve,

    Love your book! Super list.

    Microsoft’s WebMatrix (http://www.microsoft.com/web/webmatrix/) tries to seamlessly combine many public web development tools (like dotNetNuke, BlogEngine, WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Umbraco, …) in one place on Windows for deployment on your choice of providers for $2.99/mo and up. (I don’t work for Microsoft nor an ISP).

    For Freelance Help, consider adding:
    Freelancer.com

    Logo Design:
    http://logoyes.com/

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  37. […] Blank maintains a list of mockup tools you may use, few are specialized for mobile apps though. In my mind, any good drawing tools or even […]

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  38. Wow, Steve! Wow, wow, wow! Thanks for this incredible resource!

    Chuck

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  39. “Name, Domain name and Trademark” is a complex topic that, right or wrong, take a lot of time for entrepreneurs in the beginning. It should be added to this great list.
    A new tool that will help the entrepreneur in the trademark issue is Markify – a trademark search that finds all similar trademarks. It covers both Europe ant the US, it is easy, fast and free. This kind of search normally costs more than $500…
    Test your name http://www.markify.com/ so you don’t end up with a name that is confusingly similar to an existing trademark.

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  40. Hi Steve,

    Are you aware of http://www.bettermeans.com ??? have a look, maybe as a collaborative resource on your list. Thanks for your work. I have lots to go through!

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  41. What are the free software tools and online services one should leverage for an internet start-up just getting started from an idea?…

    I think Steven Gary Blank, the guy behind “The Four Steps To The Epiphany,” has this nice list which I reference periodically. http://steveblank.com/tools-and-blogs-for-entrepreneurs/

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  42. Steve,
    Thanks for an incredible resource for entrepreneurs, which I’m going to be forwarding them to.

    May I humbly also suggest under the “freelance” category, my own site: vWorker.com? It has better protections than Elance (100% free money back guarantees) and the same timecard monitoring as oDesk but is cheaper by 10-35%:

    https://www.vworker.com/RentACoder/DotNet/misc/CompetitorInformation/WhyRentACoder_ForBuyers.aspx

    Ian Ippolito

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  43. Hi Steve!

    Great job done! I enjoyed reading your post.
    Are you aware of http://www.smtp.com? Please take a look, it might be one more option to Sendgrid and Postmark in your list.

    Thanks.

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  44. Great compendium Steve! Thank you. One tool that I have found useful for UML diagram is http://www.gliffy.com. Very easy to use and share. I am not associated with the company.

    Thanks.

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  45. Great list Steve. I’d like to add http://www.sparkmuse.com as a community for founders.

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  46. Hi Steve,

    Thanks for adding my ipod, ipad and web wireframe template post to your list. Glad you and everyone else found it useful. Your list is a great reference by the way.

    Keep up the good work!

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  47. Awesome summary of pretty important stuff. There is no reason to discard ideas anymore

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  48. Hi Steve,

    Fantastic list of resources. We would be truly flattered if you could add Zoomerang Online Surveys & Polls to your list of survey tools. (Free basic version, surveys & polls, 150+ templates to customize and send in minutes)

    Thank you!

    All the best,

    Jason Miller
    http://www.Zoomerang.com

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  49. […] Steve Blank is quickly becoming one of my very favorite writers/speakers on entrepreneurship. Everything he writes seems like it is a “must read”. His blog has a list of all kinds of wonderful tools for start-ups and such. His Twitter account is a must follow @SgBlank too. Check out the list of tools though HERE. […]

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  50. bookmarked this page months ago, and have referenced it at least a dozen times. great resource.

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  51. This is a great resource which I have shared with our users, many of whom are progressive startups with a frugal mindset.

    I would love to see Assistly included on this list under the category of Customer Support. We are a featured Google App Marketplace company, and believe passionately in putting the customer at the center of the business.

    Thanks again for a great resource. This is one of those posts where you say to yourself: Why didn’t I think of doing this?

    Best, Alyson Stone, Assistly Team

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  52. What are the best online resources (blogs, articles, etc.) on startups and entrepreneurship?…

    Steve Blank’s blog has been mentioned twice but I think it’s worthwhile to highlight this specific post where he has a very robust list of services (best analytics tools, best survey tools, boiler plate venture docs, usability testing services, etc) …

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  53. Great ressource. Many of the tools I’ve never heard of, but I’ll check a few.
    My ultimate tool I can’t live without: dropbox – it’s the best.
    For freelancers and people looking for freelancers I would like to recommend twago (disclaimer: I work there): http://www.twago.com
    Robert

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  54. […] you need to create a business model hypotheses and to test it.  Combined with the start-up resources links on Steve’s site you are on your way to getting your venture off the […]

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  55. I’d also recommend smartQ for visual task management:
    http://www.getsmartQ.com

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  56. Thanks for a great list!
    Do you know TeamLab? http://www.teamlab.com
    It is a web based project management and collaboration system. As distinct from similar solutions, TeamLab offers all the features for free with no limits – a very solid argument for most of start-ups and enterpreneurs.

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  57. […] further along in the information you’ll need to build your business plan. Steve Blank lists some great tools for startups that will help you in this […]

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  58. That’s a really good list. Very helpful and worth taking time to go through most of them. Thanks for a Great Post.

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  59. Stumbled on your page by serendipity. I sold to you & PR function back in the day (SuperMac) and others to the many companies dating back, but finally E.piphany ~ MediaMap (now is Cision). Amazing list. The best part though is the tenacity link. Nothing really compares with that, does it? All the best!

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  60. You. Are. Something. How on earth did you remember? You’ve got everyone who ever breathed in that database. Yep, C’est moi.

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  61. Impressive list, but missing a key ingredient: Sales management tools. I think actually actively selling your stuff is very important for a startup these days. No-brainer for B2B companies but also for B2C companies (making special advertising deals for example)

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  62. Hi Steve,

    Really enjoy your book and blog – thanks for your insights. I have a question though, how do you suggest moving through the customer development process when you are developing a product that you want to keep under wraps until its release (and thus maintain your market advantage)? My R&D company has a product in the works that we plan to sell to an existing customer base – but I’m challenged by how we engage these customers in the early design phases without letting the cat of the bag!

    Thanks in advance for your insights —

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  63. Great list some “must have tools” for any strartup. I also highly recommend podio.com for project management its fantastic for collaborating on ideas, bug tracking, feature requests and much more, I’ve tried a lot but it’s my favorite, very flexible and easy to customize. Good luck with your startups!

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  64. Hi Steve,
    We’d like to contribute to your list by adding our free invoicing application -www.healpay.com

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  65. […] sprang på en bra lista med projektledningsverktyg (och en hel del andra användbara länkar) som jag tänkte dela med mig […]

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  66. […] Our team is following Steve Blank’s Customer Development methodology, which is rooted on startups “getting out of the building,” talking to customers and using that feedback to develop and refine their product.  (For those who would like to learn more, Steve Blank has a helpful podcast called “Customer Development for Startups” and a blog.)  […]

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  67. Is this list monthly updated ? some stuff seems old

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    • Rob,

      This list is one I started for my students trying to figure out what tools to use.
      I’m always happy to get updates. Let me know what “stuff” is old, and I’ll update it.

      steve

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  68. […] trials to a dozen some-odd tools that help you kick ass all over the place. Steve Blank has a pretty good list, but definitely include KissMetrics and KissInsights, Google Analytics (free) and Apps (not as […]

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  69. At Unboxed Consulting we use Xero.com, a SAAS accounting package and http://www.fatfreecrm.com, an open-source Ruby-on-Rails CRM solution. Both are great for those first 1000 customers.

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  70. […] a read.  Blank also has a ton of great links to tools for startups on his […]

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  71. I would recommend My eStore App ( http://www.myestoreapp.com ) it let’s new startup’s add ecommerce directly on your site for free and set up only takes 5 minutes. No coding required; works similar to google analytics.

    Check it out.

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  72. Hi Steve,

    I looked around but couldn’t find a good way to contact you. I work for Experience In Software, a small Berkeley-based company that’s been producing acclaimed business software since 1983. (Perhaps you’re familiar with Project KickStart?)

    Yesterday we launched a brand-new project management application called Webplanner. I’m sure you’re very busy, but I wanted to invite you to give it a try. We’d be delighted to hear your thoughts: http://www.webplanner.com

    Thanks for your time.

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  73. Hey Steve,

    Thanks for the collection. Its an awesome list. Really appreciating the work you’re putting in here. For inspiration you can include Mixergy.com, and also IncomeDiary from Michael Dunlop. There is also a new blog from Zak Taylor, http://www.yoranter.com, keep you’re eye on it, its a blog for online entrepreneurs.

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  74. […] trials to a dozen some-odd tools that help you kick ass all over the place. Steve Blank has a pretty good list, but definitely include KissMetrics and KissInsights, Google Analytics (free) and Apps (not as […]

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  75. […] and portfolio; watch out for linking scams. If you're interested in taking on some of it yourself, Startup Tools Great list of tools, articles, basically everything you need to get started. Goodluck! […]

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  76. What a fantastic list of resources, thanks!

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  77. Steve, I’ve been volunteering as an organizer of a Meetup which helps match Co-Founders. It started really small in Rockville, MD about 9 months ago, and people have been asking us to do more and grow into other nearby cities. Would you consider adding this under Groups and Incubator List

    http://cofounderslab.meetup.com/

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  78. Awesome compilation, Steve. I didn’t see anything about “the exit” so I’m including a link to a deck I made awhile back that was pretty well received (over 5k views on Slideshare): http://slidesha.re/dnmrLH

    And while we’re in shameless self-promotion mode, here’s a blog post called “Hacking Angel List” that had some legs (http://bit.ly/nGOHKm), as well as another on startup valuation ranges (http://bit.ly/5w3m1Z).

    Let me know if any of that stuff is accretive to your compendium here.

    In other news, I’m working building on a collection of “exit hacks” (tips, techniques for maximizing value)…would you want to share a few nuggets and lessons learned? Want to do an interview?

    thanks, Nathan Beckord

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  79. You know this is one of the most extensive lists I have seen for anyone in the internet business. Really appreciate your hard work here.

    I really do not think you have missed a site here that is relevant. Being and electrical engineer it was great to see Digikey and Sparkfun on their :-). Thank you.

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  80. […] Steve Blank is quickly becoming one of my very favorite writers/speakers on entrepreneurship. Everything he writes seems like it is a “must read”. His blog has a list of all kinds of wonderful tools for start-ups and such. His Twitter account is a must follow @SgBlank too. Check out the list of tools though HERE. […]

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  81. […] of the tools that we’re actively using (and some of the others we evaluated). There are the tools and blogs listed by Steve Blank that include […]

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  82. Hi Steve,
    It was nice to meet you last week in Tallinn. I would suggest 2 useful tools built by Estonian startups:
    http://edicy.com – simplest and most beautiful website creation tool
    http://toggl.com – simple and easy time tracking tool

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  83. […] Tools and technologies that you can use for rapid prototyping By yuri On September 20, 2011 · Leave a Comment Tweet Hello Accelerators, After pivoting and changing your idea in the last 2 weeks, now is the time to focus all your efforts towards you Minimal Viable Product. We have 4 weeks left till the Demo Day on October 16th. We are here to help you to succeed both on the Business Model side and the technology side. Most of the teams were assigned to a mentor that will lead them till the Demo day and make sure that you are on the right track in terms of the business model and that you are focused and know what do you want to implement for initial launch. We are going to be very strict and make sure that each of the teams will have live products. Remember that the faster you get live the faster you will get feedback from your customers and pivot if necessary. As a result, we will allow teams with live products only to present to a panel of investors. In order to be ready for the final you will have to prototype your MVP (Focus on the key feature that will make your customer to come back and use your product again), launch it, market it to your target customers, define metrics, collect metrics and statistics, analyze the metrics and refine your pitch deck (we will provide a template that you will need to fill), show traction to panel of investors. Remember that the panel of investors are looking at team cohesiveness, previous experience, ability to execute, show traction, social proof, business model and your target market. As most of you already started creating wireframes and the coding efforts I strongly recommend to use these tools and services: One of the complete sources of tools for startups is shown by Steve Blank in his blog post […]

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  84. There seems to be tremendous response to such startup tools lists, both here and in the lists linked at the top of the page. The reputation of the source recommending the tools obviously has a lot to do with it. Would there be any interest in organizing this in some sort of community curated directory? Tools might make the list based on some entry criteria: e.g. two or more sources that have used or read them recommend they get mentioned. Some benefits are that it would be searchable and discussions / testimonials could be organized around each recommendation, helping potential users/readers to get a better idea of what to expect. There is a LOT to select from here, so the community could help make the selection process smoother.

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  85. I use Priority Matrix, an app for iOS and Mac that helps you focus on important stuff and get the most out of your little time.

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  86. Another nice project management tool is TaskPoint http://www.taskpoint.com, it hosted fork of Redmine and includes really nice communication features missing in Redmine and Chilliproject

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  87. […] first attempt at helping students answer these questions was by putting together the Startup Tools Page – a compilation of available web development tools. While it was a handy reference, it still […]

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  88. […] first attempt at helping students answer these questions was by putting together the Startup Tools Page – a compilation of available web development tools. While it was a handy reference, it still […]

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  89. Hi Steve,

    If your readers doing really basic UX flows or mockups, my application SimpleDiagrams might be helpful!

    http://www.simplediagrams.com

    Daniel McQuillen

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  90. One other new addition is the blog writing service Blogmutt. “We work like a dog to fill up your blog!”

    This is a service for companies with a site and a blog that is always the last thing that gets done, and it ends up being weeks and months between posts. For a low, flat fee Blogmutt uses a crowd of writers to create all-original posts.

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  91. […] more about funding by reading Steve Blank, author of The Four Steps to the Epiphany, offers amazing tools, books, and other resources to […]

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  92. What a fantastic list of resources! Thanks Steve for taking the time to put all of these tools into one place. Your readers might also be interested in http://www.testimonialmonkey.com which is a new customer review site that enables business to integrate their feedback directly into their web pages.

    They offer a free 30 day trial for new users and the Lite package is free.

    I hope this helps!

    David

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  93. Steve:
    You’re my new hero!
    This list is filled with amazing goodies and is a real reflection.
    I’m a big fan of your SV history lecture. My dad, a history buff, was copilot in a B24 over the last 6 ms of WWII. This shed new light on what they were up against. He would have loved this too.
    The link on tenacity is so real and sweet…. a heartbreaker. TYVM.
    gene@ebm-inc.com

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  94. Great list of websites some of the links were really helpful.

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  95. Hi Steve,

    Great list of resources here!

    As an additional resource for “Billing/Subscription Management/E-Store”, I thought your readers would be interested in Plimus. We offer a global e-Commerce platform for sellers and affiliates who sell digital goods and services online.

    Our platform supports several subscription models (from different trials to dynamic subscriptions) and has all the tools needed to help manage them.

    Our site is: http://www.plimus.com (and it’s free to sign up).

    Regards,
    Leore

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  96. Great list.

    How about website backup tools: http://www.dropmysite.com

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  97. […] guide for a lean development of a minimum viable product, and provides a very helpful set of startup tools that span from business model development frameworks, to SEO and analytics tutorials.  If you […]

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  98. Hi, Steve,

    Thanks for the collection. Its an awesome list. Really appreciating the work you’re putting in here. Here I also recommend another online project schedule tool-TABB. http://www.tabb.ca Maybe you can review and add it into your list.

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  99. Hi Steve,

    Thanks a bunch for your impressive list of great resources for entrepreneurs. Let me recommend an addition to the Web analytics tools:

    Mouseflow (http://mouseflow.com) performs analytics comparable to clicktale but at a fraction of the cost. Give it a try!

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  100. Business plan and financial tool:
    http://www.iplanner.net

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  101. Hi Steve,

    Great list. Thanks a lot for all the hard work in listing all this information.

    Found one typo:

    The URL link to Thomas in “Marketing Research > Market Research Resources Online” is wrong, its pointing to http://www.thomas.net. It should point to http://www.thomasnet.com

    Thanks,
    Atul

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  102. Great set of startup tools Steve.
    I’ve been referring to the list for quite some time now to build my own company, and waiting for the time we are ready to shamelessly suggest our own product – JobPage – http://www.jobpage.com

    We provide many of the benefits of Recruiterbox and the Resumator, but we specialise in tech and marketing recruitment only. Our platform also pro-actively seeks out suitable candidates before they’ve even applied to one of our jobs.

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  103. […] build massive systems in-house. Before you do it, look into third-party apps (here’s the mother load from Steve Blank) and talk to other entrepreneurs to see if they can help. Otherwise it’s a waste […]

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  104. Incredible list for entrepreneurs.

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  105. Steve- this is great, thanks!
    Having recently dived into the game myself, I’d add 2 very useful tools to the list to build up a user base before even launching the product:
    launchrock, and kickofflabs, that both help sign users up in anticipation of the launch date.

    Useful for Apps and more.
    Cheers,

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  106. Hi Steve,

    Would like to share about 99tests.com, we are a Crowdsourced Software testing platform. We help software developers in functionality testing of their applications.

    Thanks,
    Praveen.

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  107. Hey Steve – this is a brilliant list that I find myself coming back to time and again when tasked with, “Hey – Nick, find us a vendor for X.” It’s an easy way to get a who’s-who in each of these verticals, and we’ve been pretty happy with the vendors we’ve found (MailChimp, UserTesting.com, ClickTale, countless others).

    I use this frequently enough that I think it would be terrific if you would consider our business for this list – FreedomVoice (http://www.freedomvoice.com). We’ve been in business since 1996, providing small businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs with 800 numbers and virtual phone service. We’ve recently branched into hosted VoIP telephony as well (www.freedomiq.com), a natural extension for growing businesses.

    Maybe we could find a home under the “Misc Office Help” area – alongside vendors like Grasshopper or RingCentral?

    Either way, my shame all-but-expunged, I just want to thank you for this is a ridiculously extensive, valuable, and constantly fresh list.

    Go Bears.

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  108. @Steve
    This page should be retitled, “One Step to the Epiphany”. What an amazingly broad set of start-up tools and resources!

    Thank you for this page as well as placing your lecture materials online.

    Best wishes,
    Jason

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  109. A couple more tools to suggest:

    Analytics
    StatsMix – easy tracking, charting and sharing of internal application and business metrics

    Surveys
    SurveyGizmo – free basic version, extremely powerful survey creation and data integration tools

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  110. Argh, forgot to include the urls!

    StatsMix – http://www.statsmix.com
    SurveyGizmo – http://www.surveygizmo.com

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  111. @Steve
    The link of SpyFu isn’t right.

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  112. Appreciate your mentioning of freshdesk here but (besides the typo) calling it a zendesk clone sends wrong signal. The authority that you carry has the power to make a lie ^sound like a fact^.

    > Steve Blank calls it a clone, so it must be a clone.

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  113. Hi Steve,
    I read the french translation of your book “the 4 steps to epiphanie”.
    The content appeared to me of great value for companies willing to put on the market successfull new products.
    Nevertheless the french translation is very poor and appears offently as coming directly from a translating machine without necessary corrections or interpretations. This should make the content difficult to digest for non expertised persons.
    Best regards and congratulations for your expertise.

    Jean-François

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  114. Steve, here is a nomination for a Startup tool > 10Screens, a _free_ online prototyping and collaboration tool (“PowerPoint for prototyping”). Request you to include under “Wireframing tools” list.
    TIA,
    Sridh_ar

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  115. Hi Steve,

    I’ve used this list as a reference for some time – thanks for curating it!

    I thought you might want to check out http://startupplays.com – its what TechCrunch called a “Virtual Accelerator” and a “real viable alternative to current startup accelerators”. I thought you might want to include it in your list above – and would love to collaborate with you on building a “play”.

    Thanks for the list, and all the great content.

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  116. Hi Steve,

    Brilliant list!

    I might humbly put forward http://www.skillpages.com as a tool for recruiting people and finding freelancers.

    Thanks again,

    Stephen

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  117. Another great tool is Blogmutt, a crowd-sourced blog writing service.

    http://www.blogmutt.com

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  118. If anyone is interested in infographics as a tool for entrepreneur, may I add http://www.piktochart.com to the list? Looking forward to your feedback!

    Thanks
    Ching

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  119. […] that I think are greatly improving the planning process.  The Lean Startup methodology, along with Steve Blank’s concepts in customer development, can change the game in how company’s get started.  Yes, the […]

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  120. Wow, Steve! Raising a family — what a delightful way to represent the tenacity and courage it takes to raise a business.

    I snatched the list the first time well over a year ago and found it in my Evernote collection this afternoon when I went hunting for tools. My eyes popped! I’d not appreciated it the first time.

    This time, I found your timelapse treasure as a special reward for looking carefully. Wow, I hope you’ll have a moment to peruse these comments occasionally and you’ll find this thank you in return.

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    • Your welcome. Seek and ye shall find!

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      • Hi Steve,

        Wonderful resource.

        I’m currently in the SF bay area traveling and I’d like to buy a copy of the startup owners manual but I can’t find a store that carries it. Can you tell me where to buy a copy? I can’t do the online ordering because I’m traveling for several months.

        Thanks.

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  121. Hi Steve! Really nice list! Definitely bookmarking this one :)

    By the way, could you include Keynotopia under Wireframing tools? It’s a rapid wireframing + high fidelity (pixel perfect) prototyping tool that’s been very popular among start-ups :) In fact we even had one of our users win StartUp week-end using it that thanked us for the help :)

    Thanks and keep up the great work!

    -Caroline
    http://keynotopia.com/

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  122. […] Toolkit: Some of the tools that will help you to quickly get your startup off the ground. Steve Blank’s Startup Tools is extremely useful as well. You can also check out this cool […]

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  123. Excellent resources Steve, entrepreneurs will find this very helpful. I also bookmark this one on delicious. I believe that in order to be a successful entrepreneur you will need the right online tools and resources that can help you run your business smoothly and hassle free to progress. With these tools it can help you manage your business effectively and efficiently. You can also check this for more alternative tools that are very useful for entrepreneur to use. (http://www.timedoctor.com/blog/2011/04/14/compare-screen-monitoring-software) Using these tools it can help you improve collaboration, project management and team communication.

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  124. […] *You need gear, gadgets, software. (But see above: they’d better be cheap or ones you invent). Happily the webby world is here to serve you, starting with loads of open source software. Some of the best apps are almost free: Thank you, Heroku, MailChimp, Dropbox, Balsamiq, Googledocs, Rondee, Facebook, SurveyMonkey and all the other snazzy tools Stanford prof Steve Blank mentions here. […]

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  125. […] http://steveblank.com/tools-and-blogs-for-entrepreneurs/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:LikeBe the first to like this post. […]

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  126. Hi Steve!

    You help startups a lot by making this list of definitely useful tools.

    If it’s still open please consider to add our startup http://invitebox.com which provides the easiest way to add referral program to any website and allows to reward users for spreading the word through the most popular social networks.

    Thanks.

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  127. […] more about funding by reading Steve Blank, author of The Four Steps to the Epiphany, offers amazing tools, books, and other resources to startups. Our next blog will explore angel investors more deeply. […]

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  128. Hi Steve,

    Great advice for startups. One tool that can be a great benefit to growing startups is http://www.ofemailmarketing.com .They provide great email marketing tools and they are very cost effective.

    Thanks
    Shawn

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  129. […] en las nuevas teorias de administracion para startups, escribio recientemente un libro llamado “Startup Owner´s Manual” que considero esta destinado a volverse una referencia obligada para cualquier persona interesada […]

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  130. @Steve
    Add Formassembly for survey tools – http://www.formassembly.com
    They have unlimited form creation and responses in their free plan. All the companies currently listed have a limit on # of forms or responses with their free/basic plans.

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  131. […] and is fairly technical, but is an essential resource for anyone looking to launch a startup. His personal website is also full of great […]

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  132. It’s really helpful! I wish i had a teacher like you.. I suggest you put http://www.peopleperhour.com in the list about freelance help! I find it very helpful, and easy to use!

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  133. Hi Steve,
    It’s a really helpfull list!
    I highly recomend you to add MOOVIA on your Project Management list. Moovia is a free business network for team collaboration and project management.
    http://www.moovia.com

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  134. As far as I can see, the survey sites are all American. As usual.

    Let me just throw in a European survey website in just in case any other people are looking for a site that complies with the Data Protection Act rather than a mixture of laws combined.

    http://www.smart-survey.co.uk

    They’re not too assimilar to Survey Monkey, except they’re UK based and slightly more user friendly.

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  135. Hey Steve, that’s a pretty comprehensive list of tools. I would suggest another great customer support tool, HappyFox. Its visual appeal, sophisticated design, impressive organizational capabilities and intuitive interface make it a standout tool. Give it a shot!

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  136. if anybody want to be a successful entrepreneur then he will need the right online tools and resources that can help you run his business smoothly and hassle free to progress.with that kind of tools one can easily managed the resources and business both effectively.Excellent resources Steve, entrepreneurs will find this very helpful.great work from your side done. i got so much information from your blog.Again thanks steve

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  137. Such a huge list!! – I’d recommend checking out OneDesk for project management , help desk and collaboration needs –

    it’s an all-in-one unified solution for the entire process from ideation right through to delivery and support, aimed at keeping the whole team on the same page and placing as few barriers as possible between the flow of information between them.

    Thanks for such a great resource Steve!

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  138. Another freelance outsourcing site for small business-www.witmart.com

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  139. Hey Steve,
    That’s a pretty comprehensive list of tools. I would suggest another great customer support tool,
    HappyFox. Its visual appeal, sophisticated design, impressive organizational capabilities and intuitive interface make it a standout tool. Give it a shot!

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  140. Excellent. Thank for all the resources. We are always looking for good market research sources at our firm http://www.bizplancompany.com we have recently found http://www.quora.com a good resource as well.

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  141. Hello Steve,
    Extremely useful and comprehensive list, it covers almost everything, thanks ..

    I would recommend adding http://www.yodiz.com to the list.

    Agile/scrum tool make the team happy and productive.

    It was extremely use to attend all your sessions on September 5-9 2011 in Helsinki

    Regards from Helsinki
    Asif

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  142. Google Analytics is great for managing your website both when starting your business, and further down the line too. Bing have just launched some amazing new stuff for their analytics though – it kicks Google Analytics into touch.
    thanks,
    Jane

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  143. http://www.surveytool.com/bulletin-surveys/ – I guess steve have missed this tool !!!

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  144. […] have to spend money on IT. Take a look at the kind of tools that are available to a startup today: http://steveblank.com/tools-and-blogs-for-entrepreneurs/ and http://startuptools.pbworks.com/w/page/17974963/FrontPage . Any IT department would love to […]

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  145. Hi Steve,
    I couldn’t find a good way to contact you. May I suggest adding http://www.hloom.com/ to “Misc Office Help” section. The site is a repository of free office templates distributed under Creative Commons.

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  146. […] Blank的博客给了我们很多的启发,尤其是他所做的“Startup Tools For Entrepreneurs”,我们试着做一份中国版的“互联网创业工具库Startup […]

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  147. […] Blank的博客给了我们很多的启发,尤其是他所做的“Startup Tools For Entrepreneurs”,我们试着做一份中国版的“互联网创业工具库Startup […]

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  148. Wow! This list is amazing – it just goes on and on.

    I was looking for some good tips for my own start-up and then realized that you be interested in adding it to the ‘Website Design Tools’. It could be useful for people, especially at the very early stages of getting a holding page up. http://www.plinqs.com

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  149. […] And if you are looking for some tools to learn how to do a start up, Steve offers a few here. […]

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  150. […] Blank的博客给了我们很多的启发,尤其是他所做的“Startup Tools For Entrepreneurs”,我们试着做一份中国版的“互联网创业工具库Startup […]

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  151. […] 3) Startup Tools by Steve Blank – Boom! This site has the works. Everything you ever wanted to know about building an internet business including website setup, SEO tools, CRMs, wireframing tools and so much more! […]

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  152. Steve,

    Would appreciate it if you can add groupvine.com to the email blasting and surveys section.

    Best,
    Darren

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  153. Hey Steve,

    On August 1, 2012, Website Optimizer will no longer be available as a standalone product.

    Just a heads up if you want to remove that from your list.

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  154. Hey Steve,

    Great list. Have bookmarked it for future use. Was wondering if you could add AppFirst to the Cloud Services and Tools list? They provide real-time monitoring and management for your cloud servers.

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  155. Fantastic list. Good addition to “4 steps to epiphany” and the blog. Steve, how can I ask you to add Quote Roller on it?

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  156. Hi Steve,

    We’ve referred to your list often in our efforts to launch and grow QAOnDemand. We provide startups with an easy and inexpensive solution for software QA testing and would appreciate if you’d add http://www.qaondemand.com to your website/browser testing section.

    Thanks,
    Blair

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  157. Under E-Store software, one of the more impressive programs is Pinnacle Cart from a feature set standpoint. It is pretty comparable to Volusion. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to check out an extended demo.

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  158. This is honestly one of the most complete and comprehensive list of startup tools I have ever seen. The only part that threw me off was in reference to the web hosting/cloud services portions. I would imagine that most developers already have a rock solid foundation in regard to what web hosting is and who they should be using.

    That being said, if the target reader for those links is someone who simply needs a business website up ASAP, I think the links could be slightly improved upon. Most importantly the website setup/tutorial and the web hosting tutorial links.

    I created a site to address this need, which you can find at http://myfirstwebsitetutorial.com

    My goal with the site is to make it incredibly simple for a new business owner to put up a high quality site in less than hour with absolutely no amount of coding knowledge. It is still a work in progress, and feedback is of course welcome.

    Steve, please let me know if there is anything I can do to make my website worthy of your resources page. And please keep blogging!! Your blog posts are by far the most well written and inspiring of any entrepreneurial blogger.

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  159. Steve,

    In the “Custom Machine Shops” section, take a look at http://www.protolabs.com and http://hackerspaces.org.

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  160. Hi Steve,

    Awesome list of tools here. Please consider adding Swift-Kanban (http://swift-kanban.com) to the list of Project Management and collaboration tools. Designed and built under guidance from David J Anderson, father of the Kanban Method for software, it is being widely considered one of the top Kanban tools.

    Thanks!
    Mahesh Singh
    Co-founder, Digite, Inc.

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  161. […] If you are an entrepreneur, this is the most important link you’ll see today. A comprehensive list of startup resources. (steveblank.com) […]

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  162. I would like to suggest an ebook in portuguese with visual tools to inspire new strategies – http://www.slideshare.net/menta90/ferramentas-visuais-para-estrategistas-14301045

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  163. Hi,

    I suggest Breeze (http://letsbreeze.com), it’s a simple tool for agile project management.
    Based on lean and agile principles (Kanban, Scrum). It’s kind a hybrid between Trello and Basecamp but adds more functionality that suites consultants and small businesses, mainly time tracking and reporting.

    Regards,
    Rene

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  164. Hey Steve,

    I suggest TeamPulse (http://www.telerik.com/teampulse) for agile project management – both with scrum and kanban.
    It has cross-project reporting and very nice tracking.

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  165. Hi Steve,
    it seems that Google has launched some really cool service for surveys. It’s not listed here, so probably you missed that. Google Consumer Surveys http://www.google.com/insights/consumersurveys/home

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  166. This is just a terrific list of tools and resources, wonder how much effort was put into it, kudos.

    I’d love to recommend one of my favorites, ClickDesk – http://www.clickdesk.com/ for live chat and helpdesk to be added to customer support/feedback list.

    And, of course I love the likes of Mailchimp, Dropbox and Basecamp already on the list. You could also add Workflowy for project management and to-do lists.

    Cheers and thanks again for the list!

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  167. Wow !!!

    Huge list of tools and resources !!! :)

    Thanks a lot for sharing that information.

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  168. What is a comprehensive list of fast web tools to get your startup online?…

    Steve Blank, the author of “The Four Steps To Epiphany” has an enormous pool of web tools for startups compiled in his blog. It has everything from Web Analytics tools to Customer Development tools. You can check out his blog by clicking on the link …

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  169. what am amazing collection of links and tools!!!

    well done Steve.

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  170. The tools and information available at your site is really useful. I hope you keep us updated with more such information in future.

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  171. Hi Steve, we create an iPad app that helps with the Business Model, you could use the Business Model or the Lean Canvas, and iterate. In the next versions we will include a lot of the Costumer Validation to it.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/canvas-model-design-build/id568186908?mt=8

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  172. Steve, great post! For those in need of a scalable content creation solution, I co-founded scripted.com. I also wrote this for Techcrunch recently, so wanted to pass it along (advice on raising seed capital from a founder’s perspective): http://techcrunch.com/2012/05/13/how-to-raise-1m-seed-round/. Great article – going to dig into some of these resources now!

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  173. Thanks for such a comprehensive list!

    I’m the creator of http://bootsnipp.com – a Snippet site for Bootstrap users, there’s a growing collection of design elements ready to be copy/pasted into your application, free of charge.

    Would be great if you could add my resource under Twitter Bootstrap.

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  174. Awesome list! We use Cyfe.com to monitor all our marketing channels and business data in one place. It’s a great tool!

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  175. Checkout http://www.9slides.com incredible tool for sharing investment pitch with investor, which helps you share not only numbers slide but also your personality and passion.

    Would love to get this added above.

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  176. A quick bug: cappucino isn’t a rails deployment tool – that’s Capistrano. Cappucino is a JS development framework.

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  177. Circle (https://circleci.com) is a continous integration and deployment service – would love to be listed in the “development tools” section. Thanks!

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  178. Hi Steve,

    Would it be possible to add EffortlessHR to the Misc Office Help section. It is a web-based HR system aimed at small businesses and start-ups.

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    • Aaron,
      You almost had me until the intro video popped up and got shoved in my face.

      steve

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      • Sorry about that intro video. We are testing that to see how it affects conversions. I guess in your case, you did not appreciate it and that is my view as well but the test is almost over and it will likely not automatically popup after the results from the testing are finalized.

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        • Hey Steve,

          Following up on this. The intro video has been removed for quite a while now. Please reconsider the site to be officially listed. Thanks!

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  179. Steve, fantastic center of information! I would like to add our video interviewing company to your recruiting tool section if you would consider. We offer many recruiting tools such as:

    Ats with video capabilities:http://www.vidcruiter.com/vidtracking
    Video interview software: http://www.vidcruiter.com/vidinterviewing
    Automated reference checks:http://www.vidcruiter.com/vidreferencing
    And a complete hiring solution:http://www.vidcruiter.com/vidhiring

    Thank you for your consideration,

    Rachelle
    http://www.vidcruiter.com/

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  180. The tools and information available at your site is really useful. I hope you keep us updated with more such information in future.

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  181. Hi Steve on The Tech Alchemist http://www.techalchemist.com you find weekly video interviews that I think are very helpful for startups/founders

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  182. There is a new e-mail newsletter start up that is free for life… I love it. A definite need to be added to your tools list. Campayn – Free E-mail Newsletters

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  183. Steve, perhaps you might consider in your Lists of Tools from Others or another section, our Finance Toolkit for Startups. We have a range of tools that will grow monthly and includes Sample Pitch Decks, a Board Meeting Agenda, and a Cap Table. In the future, it will likely contain Financial Models and other sample tools we use with clients in helping run the finance side of the business as well as assisting with fundraising.

    Finance Startup Toolkit: http://www.burklandassociates.com/Startup_Tools.html

    Thank you for pulling these resources together in one place.

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  184. Great job on the article Steve, I have added this page to my favorites since it has a lot of resources and good information. I also want to let you know about http://www.aussiedirectory.com.au a website directory where anyone can find useful contacts with Australian businesses

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  185. Maybe draw.io, https://www.draw.io, for wireframing and
    mxGraph, https://github.com/jgraph/mxgraph, for web drawing libraries.

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  186. […] A list of startup tools is here […]

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    • I don’t add apps that require email addresses to even figure out what they do. If they change their homepage I’d be happy to add them.

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  187. Hey Steve,

    Have you checked out webengage.com? It could be included in your Customer Support/Feedback and Survey categories. Would love your feedback on our product, thanks a lot!

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  188. looks like you’re missing http://www.helpspot.com and http://www.besnappy.com in the help desk list

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    • added helpspot.
      Skipped bensnappy as I don’t add apps that require email addresses to even figure out what they do.

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  189. Hi Steve,
    Have you considered adding a category for creative services, specifically explainer/demo videos for startups? They could be considered marketing tools, but perhaps there could be a creative category.

    http://DunkTank.co does startup demo videos as well as things like slide design, logo animations, and original audio.

    I’d be happy to supply a list of competitors in the market if it helped facilitate a category. Either way, I have found this list to be the best resource yet for my endeavors. Thanks for creating it!

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  190. Awesome list Steve! Thanks for putting this together. A quick heads up that you forgot the ‘s’ in CoFoundersLab in the Find a Co-Founder section. ;)

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  191. http://www.geckoboard.com is a great tool for data-driven startups to monitor their key metrics.

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  192. Steve – I “open-sourced” my Cap Table tool that is a little more sophisticated than Fred’s tool. You can find it here: http://bit.ly/SGL8nw. Feel free to share with everyone.

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  193. Steve – I wanted to suggest http://reviewsignal.com/webhosting for your website setup category. It’s a review site based on what people are saying about web hosting companies on social media. It’s designed to be transparent (each review is sourced to the social media account it was posted on) and all the ranking info is public. It’s our startup’s attempt to introduce honest and transparent reviews for the web hosting space.

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  194. Steve – you may wish to add Grappster and Leftronic as Dashboard tools like Geckboard :-)

    I’m also wondering whether you meant for the Startup Tools tab at the top to disappear – you mention this elsewhere…

    Also to express my deep gratitude for everything you’ve done with Cust Dev etc. I’m loving listening to your blog posts via Clearshore – I’ve found your insight refreshing and ewmpowering, and I’m paying it forward her in North East England with @leannortheast. :-)

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  195. I developed a small tool that helps those working with the Business Model Canvas to visualize Customer Archetipes by providing complementary canvas that go from Empathy Maps to Value Proposition Design.

    I wish I have found your work before I started with it… but here a link to the app just in case you think it could have a place in your list of Customer Development Tools:

    Personas for iPad:

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/personas/id577884717?mt=8

    In case you’re interested I will be more that glad to offer you a promo code to download the app for free.

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  196. […] Steve Blank’s Startup Tools – a convenient list of almost everything you might need to get your startup off the ground. […]

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  197. These are my suggestions for the indicated categories.
    Collaboration – Join.me
    Gamification – Bunchball, Hoopla
    Website Setup – Wix.com, Squarespace, Webs
    Online Marketing Suites – Marketo, Eloqua, Pardot, Silverpop

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  198. Just discovered your collection. Amazing work and very helpfull. Well done.

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  199. Hi Steve,
    Could you please add Centroy http://centroy.com to your project management list?
    Cheers,
    Don Sanders
    VP Business Development

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  200. Do[Box] (http://dobox.net) is a project management application with emphasis on re-using what you have already done. We would love to be listed here. Thanks for good work!

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  201. Wow, amazing extensive list! Good job!

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  202. Hi Steve –
    Label A has developed image bank Bynder (www.getbynder.com). This DAM tool is fully cloud-based, and focuses particularly on gathering, sharing and managing all your media in an easy and intuitive manner. We would greatly appreciate a listing under the ‘Digital Asset Management’ section.
    Daniel

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  203. […] Steve Blank Startup Tools – This is an absolute list of every resource for you to use at any stage of your startup journey. Seriously, this could take you months to get through but it would be well worth the time. […]

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  204. I would humbly suggest some other tools to this close-to-perfection list as well:
    http://www.woorank.com – website analysis and review
    http://www.ahrefs.com – SEO tool (backlinks and keyword analysis)
    http://www.moonsearch.com – SEO tool (backlinks and detailed stats on the website)

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  205. I would highly suggest http://www.spillkitcentral.com as a great place to find the clean up tools you need.

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  206. This is an amazing list! Thank you for putting it together. No telling how long it would have taken me to discover all of these on my own!

    Jesse
    infinacar.com

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  207. A few for the demo video category:

    Firestarter Videos
    Stretford Digital Media
    Kasra Design
    Panda Motion

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  208. […] 4)      Being a Technology Ostrich – there are so many incredible products available to entrepreneurs online, you can’t afford to keep your head in the sand. From accounting software, to recruiting tools, and invoicing, website creators, physical credit card processors, online surveys, project management, product sourcing, product feedback, easy made design, ready-made workforces, business documents and courses. (TIP: check out this amazing post by Steve Blank on an incredibly comprehensive list of startup tools.) […]

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  209. Hi Steve,
    Nice collection of tools and services! Please add http://www.projify.com to the project management list.
    Thanks,
    Fredrik

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  210. Hi Steve,

    Great list of tools – your readers may find http://recon.io useful – it’s a Twitter brand monitoring tool that I’ve built, with a free plan for startups/small projects.

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  211. Hi Steve;
    the best list i have found on the net, but you do not have my best selection for which i use for finding song lyrics: “www.elyrics.net”. You can search all lyrics by entering just a few words you remember and voila! the magic happens :)

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    • Way too many ads to be a usable site. Search engine doesn’t work.

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      • Hi Steve,
        we have managed to remove some of the ads, we are definitely trying to make the site usable. What exactly is not working with the search? It seems to be working for me.
        thank you for your kind help.

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  212. […] Steve Blank Startup Tools – This is an absolute list of every resource for you to use at any stage of your startup journey. Seriously, this could take you months to get through but it would be well worth the time. […]

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  213. thanks for the nice list Steve. Your visitors may love to visit a neat, user-friendly icon search engine : http://iconfreaks.com , you have the ability to filter searches with size, color etc. thank you.

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  214. Hey Steve, this is an amazing list. Thank you for that!

    I’d like to add something to this list as well, under angel development services to help startups make the leap towards getting investments. Can read more about it on my blog:(http://www.startupnoodle.com/angel-developers-bypassing-the-founders-dilemma/).

    I’m Partnered with Ikura media, so be glad if you can add this:
    (http://www.ikuramedia.com/ikuramedia/ikura_for_startups.html)

    Thanks,
    Shlomo

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  215. Some fantastic resources here Steve. Thank you. What would all of you recommend as a fairly cheap company for hosting my website that might also be able to help make it look more professional or would these things usually be done separately?

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  216. […] week, I came across a list of tools for startups curated by Steve […]

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  217. How about some sources for managing customer data and information? For example if they order a coaching service from you what are some efficient tools for managing all of your contacts and info?

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  218. Hi Steve! I’m echo everyone’s sentiments about the quality of this list.

    Could you add http://www.apio.com to the list of PM tools?

    Thanks.

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  219. Steve, Thank you for this extremely thorough list. I’ve passed this around to some of my fellow MBA students and we’re all digging it!

    I’m starting a business and am talking with an engineer about designing my product. I’ve offered him two options – the first is to join me as a founder and the second is to bring him on as a designer (less responsibility for him). I’m wondering if there is a standard way that designers get paid i.e. so many $ per each product sold?

    Thank you,

    Gail Williamson

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  220. Hi Steve, would you please add one more tool for the startup called “ProcedureRock”. This is one of the very few tools out there dedicated for managing procedures and process. Procedures and process are very important for early stage startup. It’s a good practice to create your SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) from early day.

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  221. […] is a list of a lot of them (inspired by Steve Blank’s Startup Tools), that we will update as we learn about new ones. Don’t hesitate to contact us at […]

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  222. […] best Steve Blank form, encourage your teams to “Get Out of the Building” and validate their assumptions […]

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  223. Hi Steve, how about adding Woopra as Customer Analytics in the Analytics section?

    Btw- Customer Analytics is more insightful than Web Analytics these days.

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  224. Hi Steve,

    Indeed one of the biggest and best sources I have ever seen.

    I did not see any Search or Online Competitor Insights Category – can you please start that and name http://Adthena.com. under it as well?

    Many thanks,

    Faseeh.

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  225. Hi Steve,

    May you please add PhoneUnite (www.phoneunite.com) to the category “Misc Office Help”?

    Thanks so much and great resource!!!

    Henry

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  226. Hello Steve,
    I would love to have http://www.PartnersInDemand.com listed as a resource on your tools page. PartnersInDemand.com is site that helps businesses, entrepreneurs and investors find partnerships, strategic alliances, joint ventures and investment opportunities. Please contact me. Thanks

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  227. BigDataLandscape.com is a leading source for Big Data market information and insights. BigDataLandscape.com provides the most up to date version of The Big Data Landscape.

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  228. Steve, thanks for that. what a great list!

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  229. Hi Steve, Just thought I’d let you know about Brandit – SaaS based digital asset management software.

    I believe that they would be well suited for a listing on your site.

    Thanks,
    Steven.

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  230. Hi Steve,

    I run biz dev for Supportbee – a support app used by customers such as TechCrunch, Swiftype and Abine. We are small (50 paying customers) but our revenue is growing fast (60% last month).

    We charge per the amount of tickets and not by the number of agents, so we are a great fit for all those startups who like to involve the entire team in their support.

    Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!

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  231. Steve,

    That’s one hell of a list. Founder at Inspectlet here (www.inspectlet.com), wondering if you’ve heard about our service! Would love to setup a demo for you.

    I can be reached at rachit@inspectlet.com

    -Rachit

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  232. […] No seu blog, Steve Blank criou uma lista exaustiva de ferramentas. […]

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  233. I love this page! Keep coming back to it over and over. Each time, you start noticing something new even though its been there the whole time. It just gets better and better. Thank you.

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  234. thanks for this great list Steve. Your visitors may love to visit a neat, user-friendly icon search engine : http://iconfreaks.com , you have the ability to filter searches with size, color etc. thank you.

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  235. Great tools. thanks! I thought I knew almost everything for startups out there but you opened my eyes.

    Here is my contribution. For those of you who are still looking for a startup idea or need a feedback for their ideas, try http://www.ideaswatch.com (disclaimer, I am the founder).

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  236. (Full disclosure: I work for this company.)

    If your startup needs to get up and running fast on projects, request a 30 day trial of TrackerSuite.Net ( http://www.TrackerSuite.Net ) to see if it suits you. It’s a 100% Web based application suite with modular solutions for Projects, Time, Expense, Purchasing, HR and more. It integrates out of the box with QuickBooks Online Edition. It’s available as SaaS, or it can be licensed for on-premise hosting. Source code is included with licensing.

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  237. […] One of the most comprehensive lists of entrepreneurship resources is from Steven Blank: http://steveblank.com/tools-and-blogs-for-entrepreneurs/ […]

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  238. Hi,
    Excellent list. I would love to be listed under your Wireframing Tools list. I design iOS GUI Element Kits that work in Apple Keynote. They are easy to learn and no coding required. They come in iPhone Prototyping and iPhone Wireframing. http://www.appmockuptools.com We also sell downloadable app sketchpads and production todo lists.

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  239. I’ve just started using a tool called survey moz. I switched to them from survey monkey. Really impressive software.

    Here’s the link http://www.surveymoz.com

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  240. This is an amazing list of tools. This must have taken you months to compile! Thanks for doing the hard work. Would love to be considered for Explainer / Demo video company

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  241. Hi Steve –

    Great list of resources! Could you add HiringThing.com to the Recruiting Tools section?

    Thanks!

    Rachel

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  242. […] I highly recommend the tools above to anyone in the very early start-up stages. As we grow, we recognize that there are always new resources we can use. Steve Blank, godfather of the lean start-up movement, has a great list of other resources that we drew from in putting together this post: Startup Tools. […]

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  243. Thanks for this comprehensive list of resources, Steve! Would you consider adding http://processplan.com to your list under Project Management? It’s a simple and automated process management system that coordinates the tasks and responsibilities of every employee in an organization.

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  244. Hello Steve, Terri Vanech told me to write you here. Would you consider adding simpleEV.com to you list under Product Demo Video? If entrepreneuers are looking for very simple yet high quality videos to explain their product, SimpleEV.com is probably the cheapest solution!
    The videos here http://simpleev.com/our-work/ cost only between 1200 and 2000 USD.

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  245. Hi Steve,

    Amazing list. Would you consider adding the Analytics Academy ( https://segment.io/academy ) to the SEO and Analytics Tutorials list? And would you consider adding Segment.io ( https://segment.io ) to the Web/Social Customer Analytics list? Thank you so, so much!

    And thanks for this huge list. We will be adding as many of these as possible as integrations to Segment.io :)

    Have a great weekend!

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  246. Thanks for this comprehensive list of tools, Steve! Would you consider adding http://www.ProcedureRock.com to your list under Project Management? It’s a simple operations and procedure management software that help systemize your business operations and processes.

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  247. Awesome list – and thank you for including elusivestars.com

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  248. What an amazing list!! So many good resources here. This is going in my Evernote collection! The company I currently work for, ActivePBX http://www.activepbx.com (my vendor now I a work full time for them as I love their service) would be a great addition to your growing list. ActivePBX is a cloud-based business phone system that saves entrepreneurs money while increasing productivity and mobility. ActivePBX is a division of ActiveServe, Inc. Founded in 2002, ActiveServe offers a wide array of solutions for your business continuity needs. Could you add us to the “Misc Office Help” list in company with RingCentral?

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  249. Hi Steve, really great list! I would also add Yotpo ass a review or testimonials for ecommerce/startups. We really know how to generate reviews and feedback from your customers! Again, thank you for the great list

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  250. Thanks for including us on this very thorough and helpful list! ^Desiree at RingCentral

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  251. Thanks for the useful sites. I think you should include SmtpProvider.com. Its a smtp providing company. I hope it will help to all those peoples/company who are looking for reliable smtp server.

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  252. Hello Steve,

    I’m using most of the products on the list (one from each section). Could you add SubIntent (Automated Conversion Rate Optimization) – http://www.subintent.com/ as an option? I guess it would fall under A/B testing although it does a bit more than just test, it actually optimizes the pages for optimal conversion rates.

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  253. Hi Steve… Can you give my company http://www.webstarts.com a looksy?

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  254. Hi Steve, Great list of resources! Another app you might consider including is Post Kudos – http://www.postkudos.com. It’s similar to testimonial monkey, but allows customers to give feedback and submit testimonials from their mobile phone rather than a website or online.

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  255. […] One of the most comprehensive lists of entrepreneurship resources is from Steven Blank: http://steveblank.com/tools-and-blogs-for-entrepreneurs/ […]

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  256. Hi Steve,

    let me recommend you a Dropbox like solution, what never look into your files…

    http://tresorit.com/

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  257. Steve,
    Great list of resources. We recently started working with Exepron for critical chain project management so you may want to take a look and add them to your list (http://www.exepron.com).
    Jeff

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  258. Hi Steve,

    This is a great list. We think Wishpond is missing on the social media marketing apps. We allow you to create a fully marketing campaign in less than 10 minutes.

    Thanks

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  259. Another document management / collaboration / cloud computing tool to consider is DocuXplorer, a document management software solution for small businesses and entrepreneurs. http://www.docuxplorer.com

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  260. Hi Steve,
    I like the list and look forward to meeting you. I think FindTheCompany.com would be a great addition to the market research tools. It’s an easy and free way to research over 30 million private and public companies to find out sale volume, number of employees, and competitors. Thanks again.
    Best,
    David

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  261. Hi Steve,

    I’m a big fan of your work, and I’ve found your Startup Tools page helpful on numerous occasions!

    I am hoping you would be kind enough to add our site http://www.wordsru.com to the Outsourcing/Freelance Help section on the page.

    Thank you.
    James

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  262. Really nice list! UsabilityTools.com is a platrofm for online usability research – would love to be listed in the “Website Usability Testing” section.

    Thank you!

    Bartosz Mozyrko
    http://usabilitytools.com/

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  263. This is a great page for any aspiring entrepreneur, thanks
    http://www.businesszerotosuperhero.co.uk

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  264. Steve, just as you suggested, I’m posting information about Criticue.com.

    Criticue.com is a free online tool that allows web designers receive rapid feedback about their designs. It’s a fair one-for-one exchange; for one site you review, you get one review of your own website. The more you post, the more feedback you receive.

    Based on the prototype we launched earlier, the process works really well (78% of reviews were rated ‘awesome’ or ‘useful’). It’s quite slick too if I may say so. :)

    Check it out: http://www.criticue.com

    We created a media kit you can browse & use without having to download it first: http://www.criticue.com/media_kit

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  265. Hi Steve –
    Great list of resources! Could you add submityourstartup.com to the “Online Marketing Suites” section?
    Thanks!
    Sam

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  266. Wow, what a resource list…wished I had discovered it earlier…now is the right time. I have been practicing my own lean startup also and will checkout yours.

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  267. Very interesting list. If people need to continuous deploy, A/B test, etc. instantly then rapidklout would be a good addition to the list.

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  268. Hey Steve, great list! You should add SmoothLocalize.com under “Localization”. Its a great tool and more affordable for indie devs and entrepreneurs that the other 3 lists.

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  269. […] trials to a dozen some-odd tools that help you kick ass all over the place. Steve Blank has a pretty good list, but definitely include KissMetrics and KissInsights, Google Analytics (free) and Apps (not as […]

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  270. This is the most amazing list on entrepreneurship I have ever found on the Internet. Baby Boomer entrepreneurs can shorten their learning curve amazingly by studying this list. Thank you Steve Blank for being so generous.

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  271. Steve, thanks for this amazing list and all your teachings in the blog. I can’t count the things we learned from you while building Workable.

    Would you be kind enough to include http://workable.com (recruiting software and applicant tracking system) in the Recruiting tools section?

    Thanks again for making us all a little bit wiser with your writings.

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  272. Great List..!!!

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  273. Could you add http://www.onerecruit.com to the recruting tools section? Thanks

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  274. This is great list. It must have taken a huge amount of effort to come up with this great list. Kudos!!

    I’d recommend my personal favourite for live chat and helpdesk, ClickDesk. – http://www.clickdesk.com/
    It is a great tool to be added to customer support/feedback list. The best things about them is being multi-channel. They have live chat, helpdesk, voice chat and social tool bar in a single box.

    I have also used Mailchimp and Dropbox. Both of these are awesome products. Thanks for the list!

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  275. Love this article, the list is rich with some hidden gems. For start-up it’s hard to know what tools you need to be successful and what is superfluous. Especially, hitting the ground running is essential. These tools will help them to start a new business.

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  276. Pretty impressive list of tools, I’m about to get started reviewing shared web hosts, and this list is a very useful place to start. Thanks!

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  277. Can you add https://wakati.me to the “Bug/Issue Tracking” section? It’s an automatic time tracker for programmers with the ability to show you how long you spent working on a specific issue because of it’s integration with git branches.

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  278. Well this is nice startup tools that you have shared here.

    You can also add my site to the “How Do I Contact Customers?” Tools category.

    http://frescodata.com/ – Email marketing lists for sale

    Thanks
    John

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  279. Hi Steve,

    I would like to suggest my guide that aims to help people to orientate in a jungle of new domain extensions. It is called Jungle Navigator, and it is available at http://www.junglenavigator.com/

    Soon there will be hundreds of new domain extensions other than .com, .net or .org. You will be able to register domains that ends with .blog, .app, .best or even .sucks or lol. The extensions are also known as new generic top-level domains or new gTLDs. The new gTLD program is managed by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers).

    My website can be useful for many people around startups – most of such people would need a nice domain name for their company, blog or just e-mail address.

    I think it would fit to the “Website Domain Names” category.

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  280. Hi! I would recommend another great tool for entrepreneurs and freelancers – http://inv24.com/ online invoicing and accounting software. It’s free and very easy to use!

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  281. I’d like to recommend adding Start Bootstrap under Website Design Tools > Twitter Bootstrap. The URL is http://startbootstrap.com. Start Bootstrap is a library of free and open source HTML templates for Bootstrap 3!

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  282. […] about starting a company?  Think about the legal + market issues, here is a a great resource site from Steve Blank at Stanford, providing a step-by-step set of resources for getting your idea off […]

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  283. I’d recommend http://ubiq.co. It helps to easily analyze data in real time dashboards. No coding required. Easy to use and affordable for startups

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  284. Killer list. Thanks for putting this together!

    Missing an important one though: ONTRAPORT (www.ontraport.com) for business and marketing automation. 4,000+ entrepreneurs and small businesses use this to start, systemize and scale. Think CRM, email management, list segmentation, marketing automation, billing, easy website buliding etc.

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  285. Thanks Steve for the great resources! We use them all the time at Flipgigs

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  286. Steve, thanks for the great collection. We appreciate you having Lucidchart (our first product) on the list. Another useful tool for startups is our second product — Lucidpress — which is a collaborative layout and design application to make everything from newsletters, to sales collateral, to all of the miscellaneous communications that we all have to put together in a startup or any business.

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  287. Hi Steve,

    In July though, we launched SeederBoard.com, which is an online platform for startups to communicate with their investors (KPIs, financials, comments and progress). Our vision is to make better quality startups by helping them monitor their own progress as they grow.

    I would be delighted if you would consider listing SeederBoard amongst your tools either as investor relations or investor reporting.

    Thanks!

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  288. Hi Steve,

    Please add http://www.intland.com to both the Scrum and Kanban section! Our software codeBeamer is behind the http://javaforge.com

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  289. Hi Steve,
    please consider adding NiftyQuoter (http://www.niftyquoter.com) to the list of Misc Office Help. NiftyQuoter is app for creating business proposals, it saves time and helps effectively communicate with clients.

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  290. I would suggest primaERP / TIME TRACKING. It´s free up to three users with no restrictions. Very intuitive software. http://www.primaerp.com

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  291. Hi, can you please tell me how i can add my website i.e http://www.express-technology.com to your list under Chip/Hardware Resources/Tools category.

    Thanks :)

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  292. Hello,
    I first wanted to say how wonderful your site is and the resources it provides. So helpful for people. We would like to add our business website http://www.dowkey.com/ to your list under the Chip/Hardware Resources/Tools category. Could you let us know how we can do that please.

    Thanks

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  293. Awesome list. Can I suggest a new section… “Web performance monitoring” or updating “Website/browser testing” to include performance.

    There’s some great tools in the performance space that can help you diagnose and monitor performance issues both backend and frontend. Both Google rankings and user experience are affected by speed and this should be factored into any new startup build.

    To kick off the section I’d include:

    New Relic – backend & frontend web app performance monitoring
    http://newrelic.com

    WebPagetest – detailed diagnostic tool
    http://www.webpagetest.org/

    Google PageSpeed – high level recommendations (currently under stress testing section)
    https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/

    Pingdom – uptime and real user monitoring
    http://www.pingdom.com

    SpeedCurve – competitive benchmarking and front-end performance monitoring (disclaimer: this is my side project)
    http://speedcurve.com/

    Cheers,
    Mark

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  294. I would like to an another app demo video websites that is http://appsintally.com

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  295. I’m not sure if you still are adding to the list of things, but I manufacture trade show booths. I think this is very important for entrepreneurs to help get their product recognized, especially on a trade show floor. If not, then thanks for the time. We do ship worldwide.

    http://carolinatradeshowexhibits.com/

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  296. Really impressive list! Great if you could add http://filecamp.com to the “Digital Asset Management” category.
    Filecamp is a Danish/Swiss based start-up with clients in more than 30 countries.

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  297. I wish I’d found this list a few years ago! There’s still lots to explore. If I may, I’d like to share a link with you for a 10-step B2B Customer Satisfaction Survey Pre-Survey Check List – http://www.infoquestcrm.co.uk/pre-survey-check-list/

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  298. I wish I’d found this years ago. Still, there’s lots to explore. If I may I’d like to share this with you – A 10-step B2B Customer Satisfaction Survey Pre-Survey Check List
    http://www.infoquestcrm.co.uk/pre-survey-check-list/

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  299. Thank you – I was procrastinating even BEFORE I found your list ;)

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  300. Thanks for sharing these useful tools. I have tried On-Line Advertising Platforms (SEO) that you share and they are really helpful especially for SEO practitioners.

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  301. Steve,
    There’s also http://www.sessioncam.com for attention heatmaps, mouse tracking, video playback and conversion funnels under website usability tools

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  302. Excellent resource here Steve! Thanks.

    Would love to have our service in one of those category list above. Great if you could add http://www.codearmy.com

    We’re an online cto service for non-technical founders starting startups.

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  303. Great list Steve.

    We’re building a web service that supports people unfamiliar with all the intricacies of lean to define their business model and collect customer feedback. It’s called Turbo and is available at https://turbostart.co

    Would appreciate being added to your list (probably goes in Business Models or Customer Development).

    Thanks

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  304. Steve,

    I’d like to suggest a new ecommerce platform for startups called Estoreify.com (https://estoreify.com)

    Estoreify is a new ecommerce platform built for small to medium size businesses and new startups. It’s a 100% white labeled service that runs on Amazon’s EC2 Cloud (via Amazon’s massive CDN network), so you know it’s fast.

    Estoreify is embeddable, simplified, mobile friendly, no hassle ecommerce. Way cheaper than Shopify / Goodsie; and again, 100% white labeled.

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  305. Hello Steve,

    We’ve built BugClipper (http://www.bugclipper.com). A visual bug reporting tool for mobile apps. Very useful for startups building mobile apps.
    Would love to have it listed as a resource for mobile app developers.

    Cheers!

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  306. Steve,

    The UX Basic for Startup by Alan Wells URL has changed to http://www.adub.net/post/43944830969/ux-basics-for-startups

    Best,
    Riz

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