startup resources

Startup Resources

Here’s some resources that will help you kick some serious startup ass.  We’ve personally used everything we recommend, and hope you enjoy them as much as we do!


Software / Tools

Hosting

Digital Ocean – Affordable SSD Cloud hosting (great for smaller websites that need to load quickly and have decent uptime).

Amazon Web Services (AWS) – The most popular cloud hosting service.  Highly scalable.  Great for every type of website but (arguably) more complicated to use than other options.  AWS isn’t for the faint of heart.

Heroku – A free cloud app service.  Great for experimenting with new software tools or services at no cost.

Project Management

Asana – Slick interface, free to use, new features being added constantly…what more could you ask for?

Email Marketing

Mad Mimi – Easy-to-use, affordable, and the best support team we’ve ever seen!

MailChimp – One of the most popular email marketing platforms.  Pricier than Mad Mimi but also has more features.

Email Deliverability

Winning Email – Check to make sure your server and DNS records are configured properly, so your emails don’t get flagged as spam.  Their Email Booster tool can help improve your open and click-through rates too!

Bookmarking

Papaly – Save and organize your favorite links in the cloud.


Marketing

Social Networking

Facebook – Every reputable business needs a Facebook Page.  Don’t forget to sign up for Groups too, it’s a good way to network within your niche.

Twitter – Twitter can be a very powerful marketing platform too.

LinkedIn – LinkedIn is great for connecting with like-minded people in your industry.

Google+ – Google+ Communities are (in our opinion) even more powerful than Facebook Groups.  Plus the “quality” of members just seems better overall.

Social Media Management

DoSocial – Easy-to-use tool for managing your social media campaigns.  They also have a neat tool called Sharesly that helps with traffic and conversions.

Other

HeadTalker – Crowdsourcing for social media marketing.  Help your message go viral, for free.


Graphic Design

Canva – a tool that makes graphic design simple for everyone.  Seriously.  We use it ALL the time!


Business

Market Research

Think With Google – Keep up to date with trends in every industry.


Legal

LegalZoom – Affordable legal services to help with everything from starting a business, to running a business, to filing a trademark application…even making a will.


Educational

codecademy – Learn to program for free.


Investing

FundersClub – Invest in the world’s most promising startups.  Get funding for your startup.

Lending Club –  The world’s largest online marketplace connecting borrowers and investors.

WhiskyInvestDirect – Get access to the world of Scotch whisky maturation.  Yes, you can actually invest in whiskey!

BullionVault – Buy gold and silver bullion online at the lowest possible prices.