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150 Resources for Tech Startups

This post is #14 in DailyTekk’s famous Top 100 series which explores the best startups, gadgets, apps, websites and services in a given category. Total items listed: 174. Time to compile: 8+ hours. Follow @DailyTekk on Twitter to make sure you don’t miss a week!

While driving along the other day I had an epiphany as I studied the FedEx logo on the side of a truck as I passed (specifically the cleverly hidden arrow in the negative space that I assume is meant to imply forward progress). I realized that, no matter how well-conceived the logo concept may have been, it’s a bit flawed because, depending on what side of the truck you are on, the arrow can be pointing forward or backward. In a similar fashion it struck me that despite good intentions, an entrepreneur, especially in the tech industry, can find it hard to know what direction to point in order to make forward progress. My hope is that this post, and DailyTekk in general, will be a great resource for tech startups everywhere and a one that will help get them pointed in the right direction.

To that end, I’ve compiled a huge list of tools that I think could be useful to a tech startup, especially those just getting started (at least they are useful to me). From getting inspired to hiring an awesome team to moving out of your garage into a more functional workspace, this post is designed to be a bookmark-able resource (that we’ll keep updated over time) to help you get a good start. While I did include some crowd funding resources, I purposefully left out venture and angel sources because I feel that it’s really about who you know and your own personal network when it comes to raising that kind of capital. Just build a great product and focus on making the right connections. Along those lines, I did include some great tools for  researching and testing your product and pitching your ideas once the time is right.

All said, this list is really just a starting point. There was no way I could roundup every valuable startup resource and include it here (either because I don’t know about everything, the list would have been too long or I just had to be finished at some point). If I did miss something good though, please leave a comment below so we can get it added or at least so people can reference it.

Also read: 100 Tools to Develop the Next Killer iOS or Android App

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  1. Random & Cool - Can’t-miss links I felt deserved to be spotlighted.
  2. Pitch, Present & Share Ideas  – If you can’t explain your idea, you won’t go far.
  3. Research & Testing - For alpha, beta and continuous feedback testing.
  4. Incubators & Accelerators - Not comprehensive, but a good starting place.
  5. Build a Team - Hire talent and find interns plus keep talent happy.
  6. Offices & Shared Workspaces - Find a place to go after your garage.
  7. Web Tools for Startups - Some trendy (but useful) ways to enhance your website.
  8. Tech Specific Startup Blogs & Sites - Reading material (possible promotional avenues).
  9. Crowdfunding - When you have nowhere else to turn.
  10. Inspiration, Creativity & Ideas - Unstick your brain.
  11. Tech Friendly PR Firms - Again, not comprehensive, but a good resource.
  12. Miscellaneous - Lots of other great tools that didn’t fit anywhere else.

Random & Cool

  1. Startup Quote - Daily wisdom about startups.
  2. Startup Compass – Benchmark your startup’s KPIs against more than 10k internet startups.
  3. Startups (Quora Topic) – Thousands of questions and answers. Ask your own.
  4. Cofounda - App platform that connects entrepreneurs and investors.
  5. FounderSoup - Probably the best way to meet your co-founders.
  6. Sprouter – Entrepreneurship and startup expert Q&A, resources and news.
  7. Meetup - Find meetup groups around any topic or interest such as “startups” in your area.
  8. StartupStats – Great for research. Launching a dashboard to spotlight & monitor startups.
  9. StartupDigest - Free weekly email to help you meet people and learn more.
  10. SecondMarket - Secondary market for alternative investments, private company stock.

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Pitch, Present & Share Ideas

  1. AngelList - A platform for startups. Standardizing the pitch deck.
  2. Idea Flight - Get your ideas off the ground.
  3. SlideRocket - Create, collaborate and share stunning, media-rich web presentations.
  4. Bounce - A fun and easy way to share ideas on a web page.
  5. Screenr - Instant screencasts. Just click record.
  6. SalesCrunch - The next-generation online meeting platform. Apply science to the art of selling.
  7. HBS Elevator Pitch Builder - Tool that helps you craft the perfect elevator pitch.
  8. Prezi - The zooming presentation editor.
  9. BetaCandy - Startups pitch influencers and early adopters.
  10. 9SLIDES - Online presentations tools with ability to create live web experiences.

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Research & Testing

  1. Get Satisfaction - Deeper engagement for faster resolution.
  2. AYTM (Ask Your Target Market) – Market research has never been this easy.
  3. BetaBait – Find beta users and testers.
  4. Verify - Act on data, not intuition. User feedback and concept testing.
  5. Prefinery – Beta management software.
  6. Lab42 – Market research via social networks.
  7. AskYourUsers - On-demand micro-consultants. Take the guesswork out of business decisions.
  8. GutCheck – Online realtime qualitative market research.
  9. launchly – Feedback and analysis for web applications.
  10. Amplicate – Find out what users love or hate on social media.
  11. CustomerSure – Simple, web-based customer feedback software.
  12. Crowdvi.be – Get instant answers from 50 million people.
  13. Kampyle – Feedback form. Listen, engage and convert.
  14. Feedbackify – Simple, private website feedback.
  15. UserTesting.com – Low-cost website usability testing.
  16. Silverback – Guerrilla usability testing software for designers and developers.
  17. SurveyMonkey – Free online survey software.

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