70 Awesome Tools for Growth Hacking and Bootstrapping your Startup

70 Awesome Tools for Growth Hacking and Bootstrapping your Startup

This post compiles an overview of some of the favourite tools and resources for bootstrapping a startup and employing growth hacking tactics. So, these tools will help you work faster and smarter to get your Startup off the ground. They can also help your team to boost the process during and after a Startup Weekend. So, have a look at these tools first to know best which tool to use when.

 

70 Awesome Tools for Growth Hacking and Bootstrapping your Startup

Most of the tools mentioned are free or at least have free trials, allowing you to familiarize yourself with the product in advance and add significant value to your startup projects.

Keep on track

So, you want to build your own startup? First of all keep yourself accountable for making progress on your startup:

Generate and organize your ideas

If you have no idea yet, get inspired by watching these 50 Groundbreaking Startup Ideas from Twitter, Airbnb to Evernote and many more.

  • Elevatr A fast, beautiful, and fun way to capture, organize, and share business ideas.
  • germ.io  lets you capture every eureka moment and very idea and take it through to execution
  • MindNode Pro or MindMeister helps you mindmapping your ideas

Get a name

Is your choosen name available on all services and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Reddit..)?

  • Namecheckr Check domain & social username availability across multiple networks

Design your Business Model – Lean Methodology Sources

  • Business Model Canvas a strategic management and entrepreneurial tool to describe, design, challenge, invent, and pivot your business idea
  • Ash Maurya’s Lean Canvas is similar to Business Model Canvas but outlines a more problem focused approach targeting entrepreneurs and startup businesses
  • Experiment Board Use the lean validation/experiment board to describe, validate and refine your business idea.

 

Find a co-founder or outsource specific tasks

If you haven’t found a co-founder at Startup Weekend you can use these sites to find a buddy. Or if your team does not have all the skills needed you can outsource specific tasks:

  • CoFoundersLab Find a co-founder for your startup in any city, any industry
  • Founder2be Another online platform that helps to find a co-founder
  • Assembly Find an idea/product you’d like to work on, or start your own that others can work on with you
  • oDesk Find freelancers on oDesk
  • Fiverr  is the marketplace for creative & professional services
  • Elance Find rated web developers, mobile programmers, designers, writers, translators, marketing pros, virtual assistants and more
  • 99designs is the world’s largest online marketplace for design
  • legal Connects startups with qualified specialists to help solve their legal issue

Do Market Research and Customer Validation

  • Statista is a leading international statistics portal on the internet
  • SimilarWeb Analyze your competitors’ traffic and identify growth opportunities
  • Use Moat for real-time, multi-platform marketing & ad analysis of your competitors
  • Google Trends Check the currently trending topic or find the search trend for any keyword of your choice
  • SEMRush Find the Most Shared Content and Key Influencers
  • SurveyMonkey and Google Forms is the simple way to create surveys for customer validation
  • KeywordTool.io is the best free alternative to Google Keyword Planner

Pitch your Startup Idea

Build your MVP – Prototyping, Mockups & Wireframing

Tools that help you build your Minimum Viable Product (MVP):

  • QuickMVP help you to test your ideas, without wasting time or money
  • Optimizely One optimization platform for websites and mobile apps (A/B testing etc.)
  • Marvel a free prototyping and collaboration tool that lets designers transform their files into interactive, sharable prototypes viewable on any device
  • POP transforms your paper sketches into click-through prototypes in minutes
  • Instapage Build fully-functional landing pages on the fly
  • Proto.io is enabling users to create fully interactive mobile app prototypes
  • UI Faces Find and generate sample avatars for user interfaces
  • Balsamiq Mockups is a wireframing tool
  • Moqups is a HTML5 app for creating resolution-independent SVG mockups & wireframes
  • Pixate allows you to create sophisticated animations and interactions for mobile

 

Get your Design ready

Do Marketing, Social Media & Blogging

  • Buffer is a easy way to publish on social media
  • Hootsuite Best Social media dashboard tool which let you manage all social media channels from single dashboard
  • Mailchimp An email marketing solution to manage contacts, send emails and track results
  • Aweber email marketing software for bloggers which offers email automation, personalisation and offers pre-built template to send beautiful Email newsletter
  • Buzzsumo Analyze what content performs best for any topic or competitor.
  • Portent Content idea generator

Do Cost Calculation and Finance

 

Startup Stock Photos

Organize yourself and your team, collaborate digital

  • Slack will bring all your communication together in one place through real-time messaging
  • Trello Keeps track of everything and manage your To-Dos
  • Evernote collect and organize your ideas, notes and inspiration
  • Yanado Tasks management inside Gmail
  • IFTTT  helps you to automate business processes and gives control over apps you love
  • Wetransfer Free transfer up to 2GB
  • Dropbox Free space up to 2GB
  • Drp.io Free, fast, private and easy image and file hosting.
  • Asana is a handy project management tool that helps you keep your team and your projects organized in one place
  • Basecamp project management tool that allows different teams to seamlessly collaborate.

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August 8, 2016 / by / in , , ,

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