Tools for Entrepreneurs

100 Great Tools & Resources for Entrepreneurs and Startups

From taking payments to building websites to talking with your customers to team collaboration and finding for yourself investors…


Customer Support

List of tools & apps that help startups & entrepreneurs communicate to their customers:

INTERCOM

Intercom is one place for every team in an internet business to communicate with customers, personally, at scale—on your website, inside web and mobile apps, and by email.

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FRESHDESK

Freshdesk is a cloud-based customer support software that makes customer happiness refreshingly easy. Launched in 2010, Freshdesk has over 30,000 customers across the world, including 3M, Cisco, Honda, Hugo Boss, University of Pennsylvania, The Atlantic, and QuizUp.

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CASENGO

Casengo enables companies to provide customer service through social networks, email or chat. It’s social customer support software that helps you provide service with a human touch. Whether your customers get in touch through social networks, by email or by chat, keep the conversation flowing with hybrid messaging.

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INVOICE HOME

InvoiceHome is a simple and intuitive invoice generator created with entrepreneurs and small business in mind. InvoiceHome features over 100 professional invoice templates and other features such as PayPal integration and the ability to add your own logo.

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CASENGO

Casengo enables companies to provide customer service through social networks, email or chat. It’s social customer support software that helps you provide service with a human touch. Whether your customers get in touch through social networks, by email or by chat, keep the conversation flowing with hybrid messaging.

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Idea Generation & Validation

List of tools & apps that will help you with idea generation and validation for your startup

SKITCH

Skitch (by Evernote) is smart little app for your Mac that you can use to write down, and explain, inspirational images or documents when you’re working on your idea. Using annotation, shapes and sketches, your idea will get more body and you will be able to get the most out of all the inspiration you come across. Oh, and it’s free, that’s a plus.

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ELEVATR

Elevatr makes the process of turning an idea into an actual business easier. Remember when you get an idea in shower, and after getting out, getting dressed etc. you forgot what it was?

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XMIND

XMind is an open source tool you can us to jot down your ideas and brainstorm about their possibilities in a real easy way, creating great looking mind maps. One of the coolest features is the “Idea Factory”, which you can use to collect inspirations when they come to mind.

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CURATOR

Curator is an amazingly simple “modern creativity tool” for your iPhone and iPad. Curator lets you create a visual grid where you can quickly add and reorganise different types of content together, from the very first fragment of an idea all the way through to presentation.

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Naming your startup

List of tools & apps that will help you in the process of naming your startup

NAMINUM

Naminum is a company, startup and website name generator designed to make your namestorming sessions smoother. They want to be successful in providing you with THE single name idea that leads you on the right path toward naming your product or company.

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DOCK NAME

Dock Name is a crowdsourced service that helps startups find a domain name, by describing their business/product and get proposals from people that have suitable domains for their needs.

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NAMEROBOT

Building a brand new start-up can be stressful! It feels like you have to tackle 101 projects simultaneously, and one of the most important of them is finding a name for your business.

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KNOWEM

KnowEm is a Social Media management system, a trademark protection service, a brand marketing platform and a social profile all rolled into one! They offer a lot of different services, ranging from their free username search, domain search and trademark search, all the way to their Enterprise Dashboard for larger social media account management needs.

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Idea Generation & Validation

Hosting your startup site

List of sites where you can host and scaling of your startup

RACKSPACE

Rackspace offers much more than infrastructure alone, because it takes much more than high-performance, reliable infrastructure to succeed in the cloud. It takes full-featured, optimized platforms, and a team of experts to run workloads.

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HEROKU

Heroku is a multi-language cloud application platform that enables developers to deploy, scale, and manage their applications without the need for servers or administration. It supports languages such as Ruby, Java, Node.js, Clojure, Python, PHP, Perl, and Scala.

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GODADDY

With over 13 million happy customers and 60 million domains under management, godaddy know how to set you up for success online.

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BLUEHOST

There are many hosting companies out there, but for a WordPress site, Bluehost should definitely be at the top of anyone’s list. Bluehost is a hosting service officially recommended by WordPress and has been the number-one recommended hosting service for their platform for almost 10 years.

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AMAZON WEB SERVICES

Amazon Web Services is a collection of remote computing services, also called web services that together make up a cloud computing platform by Amazon.com since 2006. Amazon Web Services offers a broad set of global compute, storage, database, analytics, application, and deployment services that help organizations move faster, lower IT costs, and scale applications.

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Market Research

List of tools & apps that will help do a market research for your startup

SIMILARWEB

SimilarWeb is a research tool that will help you discover the most important traffic insights for any website. SimilarWeb makes web analytics simple and accessible to everyone, showing you the story behind any website with data that will help you analyze your competitors’ traffic and identify growth opportunities online.

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GOOGLE TRENDS

Google Trends is a public web facility of Google, based on Google Search, that shows how often a particular search-term is entered relative to the total search-volume across various regions of the world, and in various languages.

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COMPASS

Startup Compass is a benchmarking tool that allows CEOs to view their own metrics in the context of peer companies. The company’s flagship product, Startup Genome Compass, is a benchmarking tool for entrepreneurs to evaluate their progress against other startups and make informed product and business decisions by utilizing a data-driven feedback loop.

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CRUNCHBASE

CrunchBase is the world’s most comprehensive dataset of startup activity and it’s accessible to everyone. Founded in 2007 by Mike Arrington, CrunchBase began as a simple crowd sourced database to track startups covered on TechCrunch.

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CONSUMER BAROMETER

The Consumer Barometer is a free tool that delivers consumer insights in the fast changing digital landscape.

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STATISTA

Statista.com is the first statistics portal in the world to integrate over 60,000 diverse topics of data and facts from over 10,000 sources onto a single professional platform. Categorized into over 20 market sectors, Statista provides business customers, researchers, and the academic community with direct access to relevant quantitative facts on media, finance, politics, and many more areas of interest.

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PROVED

Proved connects to your potential customers and benchmarks your idea against thousands of others. Fresh idea? Test. Improve. Go!

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VALIDATELY

Validately is an online platform that enables users to user test a prototype or feature before coding it. Users are able to validate the demand and usability of clickable products, recruit product-specific testers, and analyze the results by watching user videos.

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Forms & Survey

List of tools & apps that will help you create forms for surveys to gather information for your startup.

VALIDATELY

Typeform brings together design, rich media & new technologies to improve the user experience of online forms. It’s a cloud based application that is reinventing the way users create and respond to surveys and other types of forms, by making the process more user-friendly and engaging for both creators and end users.

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SURVEYPAL

Use Surveypal to design beautiful, cross-device surveys that boost response rates, start collecting responses today. Surveypal not only helps you generate new ideas, it also lets you capture and re-use the best ones.

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FORMSTACK

Formstack is an online form building application that lets you bring your forms online without any coding knowledge. The Formstack drag and drop form builder lets you build a variety of branded forms, such as contact forms, event registration forms, and surveys, and easily collect data in your Formstack database.

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PEEK

UserTesting PEEK is the fastest way to get feedback on websites and mobile apps. Get videos of real people using your site or app in as little as 1 hour. Hear real people talk their thoughts out loud and see their screen movements as they navigate your website or mobile app.

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SURVEYMONKEY

SurveyMonkey is the world’s largest survey company, helping customers collect over 2+ million online survey responses every day. SurveyMonkey has revolutionized the way people give and take feedback, making it accessible, easy and affordable for everyone.

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VERIFY

Verify lets you test screenshots of your design work to gain valuable insights on your users’ expectations and reactions to your apps and websites before writing a single line of code. Your team will love the great-looking, actionable, reports that will help them make informed design decisions.

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GOOGLE CONSUMER SURVEYS

When you want answers to your business questions, you need to reach everyday people — Google consumer surveys helps you with that. With Google Consumer Surveys, you choose your target audience, type your question and watch the results roll in within hours.

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Mockups

List of tools & apps that will help you create wireframes and mockups.

MOQUPS

Moqups is the most stunning HTML5 app for creating resolution-independent SVG mockups & wireframes for your next project. Moqups is a nifty HTML5 App used to create wireframes, mockups or UI concepts, prototypes depending on how you like to call them. They try to make things simple and fairly intuitive so you can unleash your creativity without any obstacles.

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BALSAMIQ

Balsamiq Mockups is a small software tool to sketch out user interfaces, for websites and web / desktop / mobile applications. We focus on the ideation phase, making a clean tool that lets you get in the flow and stay focussed on structure rather than colors and icons.

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MOCKINGBIRD

Mockingbird makes wireframing frictionless, freeing you to try new ideas and iterate rapidly before settling on a design that works. Decide what to build before sinking resources into it. Mockingbird makes planning fast and effective and keeps your project on track.Brainstorm using Mockingbird, then use your mockups going into the building stage to make sure your team is on the same page — about every page.

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CONCEPT.LY

Concept.ly is a collaboration and prototyping platform that let’s you create fully interactive prototypes that look and work exactly like your app.

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FLINTO

Use Flinto to create iOS and Android prototypes made from your existing screen designs. It’s easy to catch issues in your design when you are testing an interactive prototype.

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LUCIDCHART

Lucidchart is created by professionals, for professionals. It’s an online application built on open web standards, so you never have to worry about compatibility. For ease of use, they’ve integrated with Google Apps, Google Drive, Confluence, JIRA, Jive, and other productivity tools.

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MOCKFLOW

MockFlow WireframePro is a web-based tool to design and collaborate user interface blueprints for websites and apps. Its helps to visualize the website’s interface, navigation and structure in short time.

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Designing

List of tools & apps that will help you design your startup products.

UICLOUD

UICloud is a place that designers and developers can both benefit from. It collects the best user interface designs from the internet all over the world and provides a search engine for you to find the best UI elements easily and quickly. Their mission is to build the largest UI design database and search engine in the world.

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UX ARCHIVE

UX Archive wants to help people create the best user experiences possible for their apps. In the creative process of shaping such an experience you need to explore what others have done to define what works, what doesn’t and to observe patterns that you should or shouldn’t integrate in your app

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SKETCH

Sketch is a professional vector graphics app with a beautiful interface and powerful tools. They set out to build a better app for graphic designers. Not to copy, but rather to improve.

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INVISION

InVision is the world’s leading prototyping, collaboration & workflow platform for designers. InVisions powers the design process at some of the world’s smartest companies. They enable companies of all sizes to discover the power of design-driven product development.

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PTTRNS

Pttrns is a curated library of iPhone and iPad user interface patterns. All patterns has been carefully chosen before they were added to maintain excellent content quality.

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UIGIFS

uiGIFs showcases new user interfaces in the form of animated GIFs. All of the apps showcased on the site are real, launched apps. It also has a growing collection of animated user interfaces GIFs

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PIXATE

Pixate empowers you to create complex interactions, without the complexity. The company has been focused on tackling the tough problems facing today’s mobile designers.

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Development

List of tools & apps that will help you with the development.

CODEFRESH

Codefresh allows agile and DevOPS teams to focus on what matters most – building great cloud apps and continuously monitor and improve them. Codefresh integrates with the best of breeds services, tools and platforms.

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MESSAGEBIRD

MessageBird has the solutions that fit your needs. Use text & voice messages to lower no-shows, add security with One Time Passwords or to reach a million users simultaneously.

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CODA

Coda is a text editor. It’s got everything you expect: syntax highlighting for tons of languages. Code folding. Project-wide autocomplete. Fast find and replace. Indentation guides. Automatic tag closing. Fast commenting and shifting of code.

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BOWERY

Bowery makes web development easier. Bowery aims to save programmers time-intensive, repetitive tasks such as setting up coding environments so they more quickly begin working.

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Social Tools

List of tools & apps that will help you manage your social accounts for your startup.

BUFFER

Buffer is the easiest way to publish on social media. Buffer helps you manage multiple social media accounts at once. Quickly schedule content from anywhere on the web, collaborate with team members, and analyze rich statistics on how your posts perform. Share pictures, links or videos on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

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HOOTSUITE

Hootsuite is a social relationship platform that empowers users to execute social media strategies across their organizations. Their vision is to revolutionize communications, and their mission is to empower their customers to transform messages into meaningful relationships. Hootsuite is the world’s most widely used social media relationship platform.

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TOPSY

Topsy is a social analytics company that gives you instant answers to critical business questions through real-time analysis of public conversations.

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SIMPLY MEASURED

Simply Measured offers the most complete measurement solution for social media marketers. It is the leading social media analytics and measurement platform used by brands across the globe to quantify performance, determine impact and derive strategic direction from social media data.

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