Tools and resources for first-time entrepreneurs

On October 7, 2013 by murat

This is definitely not objective, top or ultimate at all, just some people and things I know. This is what I tell my friends who ask me “How do I do a tech startup in New York City?” 

This is an on-going project so please add comments/links and I will update the list.

Know/follow what’s going on

TechMeme http://TechMeme.com

AlleyWatch http://AlleyWatch.com

Hacker News https://news.ycombinator.com/

TechCrunch http://TechCrunch.com

The Verge http://TheVerge.com

VentureBeat http://VentureBeat.com

 

Learn/understand how VC’s think

Fred Wilson http://avc.com

Chris Dixon http://cdixon.org/

Marc Suster http://www.bothsidesofthetable.com/

Ben Horowitz http://bhorowitz.com/

Paul Graham http://paulgraham.com/

John Ason http://www.johnason.com/

 

Meet new people/network

Gary’s Guide – one-stop shop: comprehensive list of all startup and technology events: http://Garysguide.com

Some suggested events to start with: NY Tech Meetup, Entrepreneurs Roundtable (big disclaimer: I’ve been organizing this since 2008 :) ), Ultra Light Startups

 

 

Get on these mailing lists / newsletters

Bonnie Halper’s awesome weekly newsletter/community news http://StartupOneStop.com

Benedict Evans Mobile Newsletter http://ben-evans.com/newsletter

NY Tech Meetup mailing list http://www.meetup.com/ny-tech/

Charlie O’Donnell weekly newsletter http://www.thisisgoingtobebig.com/

Startup Digest https://www.startupdigest.com/

Founder Weekly http://www.founderweekly.com/

 

Get to know other entrepreneurs and learn from them

We are NY Tech http://wearenytech.com/

Mixergy http://mixergy.com/

Stanford Entrepreneurship Corner http://ecorner.stanford.edu/

 

Co-work and learn

Alley NYC http://AlleyNYC.com

WeWork http://WeWork.com

Projective Space http://www.projective.co/

MicroOffice http://MicroOffice.com

 

Find and register a domain

Lookup-as-you-type domain search http://instantdomainsearch.com

Google Apps (no longer free but still worth it) http://google.com/a/

 

Host your website

Amazon EC2 http://aws.amazon.com

Rackspace program for startups http://rackspacestartups.com/

Microsoft Azure cloud services http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/

 

Find freelancers

Mobile developers: http://tapfame.com

Elance http://elance.com

ODesk http://odesk.com

Guru http://guru.com

For graphic design, especially logos: http://99designs.com

 

Learn online

Comprehensive list: http://www.mooc-list.com/

Udemy https://www.udemy.com/

Coursera https://www.coursera.org/

Udacity https://www.udacity.com/

Codecademy http://www.codecademy.com/

Wizpert – talk to experts online – http://wizpert.com

MIT Open Courseware http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm

Stanford Engineering Everywhere http://see.stanford.edu/default.aspx

Bento – resources for coding http://www.bentobox.io/

 

Read

Read these books to start understanding the vocabulary and concepts of startups:

Disciplined Entrepreneurship

http://www.amazon.com/Disciplined-Entrepreneurship-Steps-Successful-Startup/dp/1118692284

The Startup Owner’s Manual

http://www.amazon.com/The-Startup-Owners-Manual-Step-By-Step/dp/0984999302

Lean Startups

http://www.amazon.com/The-Lean-Startup-Entrepreneurs-Continuous/dp/0307887898

Venture Deals

http://www.amazon.com/Venture-Deals-Smarter-Lawyer-Capitalist/dp/1118443616

Patents. Simplified.: Entrepreneur’s Guide To US Patents And Patent Applications

http://www.amazon.com/Patents-Simplified-Entrepreneurs-Patents-Applications/dp/0615891705

The Fundraising Rules

http://www.amazon.com/The-Fundraising-Rules-ebook/dp/B00C0WFMU4

 

Incorporate online

The Company Corporation https://www.incorporate.com/

LegalZoom http://legalzoom.com

 

Patents

Patentory – one-stop shop to learn about patents and file provisional patents http://www.patentory.com/

 

Determine the size of your market

Google Trends http://www.google.com/trends/

Google Insights http://www.google.com/insights/

 

Research website traffic

QuantCast https://www.quantcast.com/

Compete https://www.compete.com/

 

Take payments online

Stripe http://stripe.com

 

Take payments offline

Square http://square.com

CardFlight https://getcardflight.com/

 

Track your customers online

Google Analytics – very comprehensive, all you need with some effort http://google.com/analytics

MixPanel http://mixpanel.com

KissMetrics http://kissmetrics.com

 

Email marketing

DirectIQ http://directiq.com

MailChimp http://mailchimp.com

 

Improve your social media presence

Hootsuite http://hootsuite.com

Manage Flitter http://manageflitter.com/

Agolo: http://agolo.com

 

Online marketing

Google AdWords http://www.google.com/ads/adwords2/

Google AdWords Keyword Planner https://adwords.google.com/ko/KeywordPlanner/Home

Facebook advertising https://www.facebook.com/advertising

Twitter advertising https://ads.twitter.com/‎

LinkedIn ads https://www.linkedin.com/ads/start

Bing/Yahoo ads https://secure.bingads.microsoft.com/

Pricing Engine – manage all from one place: http://pricingengine.com

Rockerbox – better targeting http://getrockerbox.com/

 

SEO

Beginners guide to SEO http://moz.com/beginners-guide-to-seo

Analyze and fix your website http://www.woorank.com/

See who is linking to your website http://www.opensiteexplorer.org/

SEO for Chrome plugin https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/seo-for-chrome/oangcciaeihlfmhppegpdceadpfaoclj?hl=en-US

 

Email tools

Rapportive – 411 in your gmail http://rapportive.com

MxHero – take charge of your emails http://mxhero.com

Gmail Canned Responses (in settings -> labs) http://gmail.com

Project Management

Asana – shared task lists https://asana.com/

Pivotal Tracker – agile project management http://www.pivotaltracker.com/

 

Forms/Surveys

Google Forms https://drive.google.com

Wufoo http://www.wufoo.com/

 

Other

Dropbox http://dropbox.com

JoinMe – conference calls/screensharing http://join.me

SeamlessDocs – sign docs online and on mobile http://SeamlessDocs.com

SlideShare – share presentations online http://www.slideshare.net/

Optimizely – easy A/B Testing http://www.optimizely.com/

Microsoft BizSpark – get free software and services http://www.microsoft.com/bizspark/

AngelList – fundraising http://angel.co

Create a free privacy policy online http://www.generateprivacypolicy.com/

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