The Best Tools and Resources For Startups in 2019

The Best Tools and Resources For Startups in 2019

Launching a startup is rewarding, terrifying, and exhausting all at once.

Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn, says that starting a company is akin to jumping off a cliff and assembling an airplane on the way down.

Startups need to move quickly to survive. And, do so  with very limited resources -- especially money and time -- while wearing many different hats, without much training or experience.

As a result, it’s critical for founders to arm themselves with a toolset to navigate the turbulent flight path, and remain as lean and efficient as possible.

These tools and resources can help by smoothing out processes that can go awry, such as marketing, accounting, and team management.

Once you’ve worked out these core processes, you’ll be free to concentrate on growing your company -- just remember us when you’re a millionaire!



Domains

Squadhelp.com

You can’t have a startup without a domain name.

These folks are disrupting the traditional agency model by allowing companies to engage with hundreds of naming experts.

Their platform combines crowdsourcing, AI, and gamification to help companies come up with high quality name ideas instantly.

In addition to comprehensive validation, they offer audience testing to ensure that names resonate with your target audience. There is also a curated collection of premium domains to purchase instantly.

Squadhelp has over 18,000 customers and 75,000 creatives, and was recently recognized by Inc Magazine as one of the six most innovative companies in the 2018 Inc 500 list.

Link: Squadhelp.com

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Website Builders

Squarespace

Build yourself a beautiful online presence

Squarespace is ideal for creating professional websites.

It has the best quality designs and features on the market, and while it can take a little getting used to, the final results are worth your patience.

Stunning templates, beautiful customization, and quality features are all at your fingertips.

Link: squarespace.com

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Build Audience

BetaList

Start building your audience before you start building your product

BetaList is the place to list your startup before you publically launch it, or before you even start building it.

Submit for free and wait two months to be listed, or pull the trigger and spend $99 to get listed in just a couple of days.

If your service resonates with their (mostly) startup focused audience, you can get a ton of people on your potential customers list very quickly.

BetaList is the place for early adopters to discover upcoming and recently launched internet startups, and for startup founders to share their startup with the world and get early user feedback.

Link: betalist.com

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Research

BuzzSumo

Research what people want

BuzzSumo is a great resource to find influencers within your niche or industry -- you know, people who can really help give your project a social boost by talking about it to their large followings

Find them, flatter them, and do whatever it takes to put your startup in front of their audience.

It’s also a great content research tool built on top of a huge database of backlinks, shares, and popular posts. You can find the hottest articles in your industry niche, identify who liked and shared the content, and then use the insights to build successful content strategies.

Link: buzzsumo.com

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Social Media

Buffer

Make your social media life better

If you’re posting articles or images to social media or simply want to schedule posts for later, Buffer is a great tool.

It’s a fantastic tool if you want to get more advanced and plug it into other tools to schedule events to your social media. For example, you can connect it to your Pocket via IFTTT so that you can publish relevant articles to your feeds super easily.

They also make it easy to set up and manage several social media profiles from within one account, allowing you to publish at the same time across multiple accounts.

Definitely worth the twelve bucks a month.

Link: buffer.com

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Content Curation

Quuu

Put content curation on autopilot

Content curation makes you stand out from the masses on social media. It’s a way of providing value and consistency to your followers. However, doing it properly is a time consuming process, so automating your content creation by using Quu gives you more precious time to work on your business.

Quuu is a sensational tool that hand-curates content in over 500 interest categories, meaning you’ll always have relevant posts to share with your audience on social media.

Even better -- Quuu integrates with your favorite scheduling tools, like Buffer!

Link: quuu.com

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Stock Photos

Unplash

Images that won’t get you a cease and desist letter

10 new stock photos every 10 days, big and gorgeous ones, that you can do whatever you want with -- all thanks to a generous community of photographers.

If you want a good example of a site that has beautiful stock photos, check out Pixelarity and scroll down to their templates. Unsplash is a wildly popular template site for a reason.

With a huge library of photos and thousands more added each day, chances are they’ve got a photo for you.

Link: unsplash.com

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Graphic Tools

DESIGN WIZARD

Easily create more visually appealing designs

Design Wizard is an online graphic design software with thousands of pre-made templates and premium images to make it easier and more time-efficient to create and share endless designs.

It’s an extremely viable alternative to the likes of Canva, Snappa, Crello, Animoto, and Magisto, with a lower cost licensing model and all of the tools features are available in their free subscription, unlike most of its competitors.

Link: designwizard.com

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Content Capture

Pocket

Find something, put it in your pocket

Ever come across an article that you want to read, but not right now?

The Pocket plugin for your browser lets you easily save it to read later -- on your iPad, or phone, or whatever. Plus, you can save information from any publisher -- the latest news, magazine articles, stories, videos, recipes, web pages, how-to information… anything.

They’ve also done a really nice job creating a clean layout and customizable display for a relaxing reading experience that clears out the visual clutter, gives your eyes a rest, and lets your mind focus on the information at hand.

More interestingly, you can link your Pocket account via Zapier to your Buffer feed so that you can share all the articles you read with your audience.

Link: getpocket.com

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Automation Tools

Zapier

Harness the power of automation to save yourself time and make processes happen on their own

Born out of a Startup Weekend, Zapier connects a ton of APIs together, enabling you to connect all sorts of tools.

For example, make a new entry from Typeform, automatically turn into a Trello card in your sales funnel, or get notified in Slack when a customer unsubscribes so that your team knows to do an exit interview.

The possibilities are endless.

Link: zapier.com

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Communication

Slack

Put collaboration at your fingertips

Slack is a meeting space, water-cooler, bulletin board, and phone-tree for your whole team!

It’s an app created as a way for organizations to communicate both as a group and in personal one-on-one discussions. You can communicate as a group through channels or privately via direct messaging.

It’s an awesome tool to help your team stay organized -- especially when working remotely, like us here at KISSPatent!

Slack makes communicating easy and fun.

Link: slack.com

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Video and Conference Calls

Zoom

A great video conferencing app.

Zoom is designed for hosting webinars, teaching online courses, conducting online training, video demonstrations, virtual meetings, and video conferences.

It presents an easy to use online video conferencing and meeting software -- helpful for small to medium businesses, enterprises, educational institutions, and healthcare organizations.

Offering high-quality video, audio, and screen-sharing capabilities and experiences, Zoom improves collaboration among teams, remote employees, and participants -- they can start and join a meeting instantly with just one-touch of their mobile devices or browsers.

Link: zoom.us

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SEO

Ahrefs

Search Engine Optimization is a powerful way to get traffic

When you’re focused on getting to the top of the first page for a certain search phrase, you know you’re trying to outrank competitors.

With Ahrefs, you can reverse engineer what they’ve done to get to the top of the results, then either duplicate it or do what they did but better, so that you can knock them down a notch and take over.

Ahrefs is a great all-inclusive tool for keyword research, backlink analysis, site audits, competitor research, and much more! Take advantage of their 7-day trial for $7 -- it’s worth it.

Link: ahrefs.com

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Hiring

AngelList

Need a hand? Hire someone on a short-term or long-term basis

AngelList is a platform that every startup needs to know. Not only does it help startups connect with potential investors, but it also helps them find experienced professionals who would be interested in working for them.

Unlike other job portals, on AngelList, professionals and startups require no middleman to connect with each other.

Created in 2010, the platform is on a mission to democratize the investment process and to help startups with their challenges in fundraising and finding talent.

Link: angel.co

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Leads

Import.io

If you actively do sales, you always need more leads

Import.io is a scraping tool with a function called “magic,” which is an appropriate name because it operates like magic.

Show it a website, point to a bit of data, tell Import.io what you want to call that data, point to other data, and Import.io learns how to intelligently scrape and place all of that data into a CSV for you.

It can do it in batches too -- huge batches. It will work better than your offshore virtual assistant. It’s impressive!

If you want to pull information off web pages in order to gather leads, this is the tool for you.

Link: import.io

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CRMs

Freshsales CRM

CRM rules everything around -- get the money!

Automatically capture your website visitors as sales leads and group them based on their engagement with your website. Assign them to the right salespeople on your team. Reach out to each lead with complete context and an informed call-to-action.

Freshsales CRM has AI-based lead scoring, as well as built-in phone, e-mail, activity capture, and more! They have a free plan for up to 10 users.

Link: freshsales.com

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Newslettering

Mailchimp

Your mailing list is your best friend

To run a successful email marketing campaign and keep your audience updated about your company’s news and offers, you need an efficient newsletter service. This is where Mailchimp comes into the picture.

It probably needs no introduction in the tech world. The good news is: Mailchimp offers a free startup package with all of the basic features.

Moreover, Mailchimp is an all-in-one marketing platform helping you build your brand, create integrated campaigns, and turn data into useful insights.

Link: mailchimp.com

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Productivity

Trello

Work more collaboratively and get more done.

Most people know about Trello, a hugely popular organization tool based on the Japanese KANBAN model, in which you move a card from column to column.

You can use it to organize and record all the tools for your site, or keep track of all your development tasks and marketing ideas.

It also makes a great funnel for fundraising or sales -- as you move a person from one column to the next as they go from cold lead to interested to closed, and so on.

Trello is a super flexible and useful tool and has ons of API integrations too.

Link: trello.com


ProofHUB

A fantastic project management tool

ProofHub is a cloud based project management and collaboration software built to simplify the way teams run, communicate on, track and report upon projects.

Their aim is to help teams to plan, collaborate, organize, and deliver their projects on time, and within budget.

Main features include workflow management, time-tracking, chat, project calendars, integrations, notifications, and more, to assist with project management.

Link: proofhub.com

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Forms

Typeform

Capture and use valuable data from your site visitors

Even if you’ve never set one up personally, you’ve probably used a survey to give feedback.

They’re gorgeous. Typeform simply creates elegant, dynamic forms that can change depending on what responses are given during the process of filling out the form.

And it works with Zapier, so you can take that data and send it to Slack or Mailchimp or wherever your heart desires.

Link: typeform.com

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Writing

Hemingway App

To help you write more good and stuff

The Hemingway app works hard to make your writing easy to read.

It will highlight in yellow any sentence that is hard to read, and highlight in red any sentence that is so hard to read it should be reworked.

It will also tell you when you’re using passive voice, when there are suggestions for alternatives to the words you’re choosing, and what grade level you’re writing at.

By the way, this text is at a 7th-grade level.

Link: hemingwayapp.com

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Password Management

LastPass

Auto-pilot for all your passwords

Passwords can get really annoying.

LastPass stores and manages all your passwords. You can also give someone else access to an account temporarily by doing it via LastPass.

You can simplify online shopping, generate strong passwords, store digital records, and share effortlessly.

It’s free and you can take it anywhere! Save a password once and it’s instantly on all your devices.

Link: lastpass.com

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Payment Solutions

Stripe Billing

Getting paid is crucial. Stripe makes it easy for that to happen.

Stripe’s new service, Stripe Billing, is a new take on recurring business models. They can manage invoicing the same way they manage online payments -- in a smart, customer-friendly way.

Whether it’s a wire payment or ACH, Stripe can still identify the payment (and set up a virtual bank account for you to receive the payment). This allows businesses to bill customers according to the business and customer preference.

Plus, the pricing is great -- free for the first million dollars, then 0.4% on top of their payment processing fee.

Focus on your product and customer experience and rely on Stripe to optimize and automate order flows, billing, invoicing, payments, and more.

Definitely worth taking a look at.

Link: stripe.com/billing

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Wrapping up

We have curated this list after thorough research, and each name on the list has been selected after much care and consideration.

All of these tools and resources are beneficial for startups and small businesses alike. They can keep your operations seamless, easy and more efficient.

Your startup’s business success depends on using the right tools at the right time. It’s our hope that this list will help you in your efforts to build a successful business and bring you the success that you’re seeking.

Consider us your partner on your startup journey, and let us be your go-to resource for all things startups and innovation -- no strings attached!

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There’s a wealth of information on there -- like the Ultimate Guide to Launching your Startup or How to Make Money With Your Ideas as a Startup.

If you need anything or have any questions, please know you can always reach out to us. After all, that’s what we’re here for -- to help you.


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