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Between commuting to office, catching up with your inbox, to rushing for review meetings, its a hard life, as any
entrepreneur will know. They are always on the lookout for ways to get the most out of their day.Running a
startup is a daily challenge, but there exist tools out there to simplify almost all aspects of a business, enabling
entrepreneurs to minimize distractions and focus on their core.
Right from naming and registering a business, to managing teams, to handling marketing and customer relations,
these tools can help you ease up the process of running your business.

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Asana: Asana is a Project Management and Collaboration Tool which helps keep teams organised, connected and
focused. It is one of the most popular project management tools and offers convenient integrations.
99designs: 99Designs is the worlds most popular marketplace for graphic design. It is a great platform to find able
freelancer designers, especially for logo and web designing.
AngelList: AngelList is a website for startups, angel investors, and job-seekers. Its goal is to introduce
entrepreneurs to sophisticated investors, and simplify the process of early stage business. An AngelList profile is
also an important visibility platform, practically synonymous with a birth certificate in the startup world!

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Animoto: Animoto makes it easy to create professional-quality videos. Animoto automatically produces beautifully
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BetaList: BetaList provides pre-launch startups with their first hundred users. It lets them understand the market
and enable them to reach the product-market fit.
Brand24: Brand24 is a tool which allows one to monitor ones brand, product and services online. It is also a great
method of measuring the buzz around a brand, product or keyword.
Bunchball: Bunchball is the market leader and visionary in gamification. Bunchball provides cloud-based software
as a service gamification product intended to help companies improve customer loyalty and online engagement
using game mechanics.
Codecademy: Codecademy is an online interactive platform that offers free coding classes in eight different
programming languages. Codecademy also provides a forum where enthusiasts, beginners, and advanced coders
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CoFoundersLab: CoFoundersLab offers an online matchmaking service that connects entrepreneurs with
compatible co-founders looking to join a startup. It helps aspiring entrepreneurs connect through their online
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Doorbell: Customer Feedback is probably the most crucial aspect of an early-stage business. Doorbell helps gather
in-app user feedback for free. It is available for websites, iOS and Android.

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Dropbox: Dropbox is the premier file backup, sync and sharing solution beloved by more than 4 million businesses.
It lets you store and share huge chunks of data through the cloud.
Evernote: Evernote is a closed based freemium suite of software and services, designed for note taking and
archiving. It is a modern workspace that syncs between all of your devices.
Expensify: Expensify provides an online expense management service for customers worldwide. It eases the
process of tracking expenses and is one of the most popular expense reporting apps for phone & web.
Fontello: Fontello is a tool to build custom fonts with icons and helps you easily create a unique text branding for
your business. It packs vector images into webfonts.
Free Invoice Generator: Free Invoice Generator provides for an easy to use free invoice template to create
invoices in PDF. It ensures a standard and convenient form for invoicing every order.

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Germ.io: Germ.io is a project management tool centred around ideas. It lets you get from ideas to execution by
helping you capture every eureka moment.

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Get Satisfaction: Get Satisfaction is an online customer engagement community platform connecting businesses
with their customers to foster better relationships. Companies of all sizes use Get Satisfactions platform to
modernize customer support, accelerate sales and differentiate their brand.

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GitHub: GitHub is a web-based Git repository hosting service offering distributed revision control and source code
management functionality of Git as well as adding its own features. Over 4 million people use it to share code.

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Google AdWords: Google AdWords is Googles advertising system in which advertisers bid on certain keywords in
order for their clickable ads to appear in Googles search results. It is definitely one of the most important tools to
advertise online.
Google Analytics: Google Analytics is a freemium web analytics service offered by Google that tracks and reports
website traffic. It shows you the full customer picture across ads, videos, websites, social tools, tablets and
smartphones.
Google Trends: Google Trends is a public web facility of Google 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. It can be
quite useful for targeting the right customers online.
Google Web StarterKit: Web Starter Kit is boilerplate and tooling for multi-device development. It is a front-end
template that helps one build fast, modern mobile web apps.
FullContact for Gmail: FullContact for Gmail supercharges your Google Contacts and lets you know everything
about your Gmail contacts, right from your inbox. You can see the name, photos, social profiles, company info just
by hovering over an email address.

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Homerun: Homerun is a lightweight tool that makes recruitment personal and effective. Homerun enables
businesses to create authentic job openings, receive richer applications and review applicants faster and more
effectively.
HootSuite: Hootsuite is the worlds most widely used social relationship platform. It is a social relationship
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platform that empowers users to execute social media strategies across their organizations.
How Much To Make An App: How Much to Make an App lets one calculate the cost of a building a mobile
application. You just need to choose the desired features, and it estimates the cost of those features within
seconds.
HubSpot: HubSpot is an inbound marketing and sales platform that helps businesses attract visitors, convert leads,
and close customers. It includes tools for social media marketing, email marketing, content management, analytics,
landing pages and search engine optimization, among others.
intercom.io: Intercom shows you who is using your product and makes it easy to personally communicate with
them . It provides for live conversations and allows sending targeted email and in-app messages, triggered by time
or behavior.
Kickstarter: Kickstarter is the worlds largest funding platform for creative projects. It is especially useful for film,
music, art, theatre, games, comics, design, photography, and more.
LaunchRock: LaunchRock is a platform that enables its users to create viral Launching Soon pages with built in
sharing tools and analytics. It help its clients incentivize and reward users for telling others about their projects
through email and social networks.
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emails. It helps you design email newsletters, share them on social networks, integrate with services you already
use, and track your results.

Meetup: Meetup is an online social networking portal that facilitates offline group meetings in various localities
around the world. It can help you meet your fellow entrepreneurs in your region/industry and get a better
understanding of the market.
Meldium: Meldium is the simplest way for teams to access the cloud tools they need. By aggregating and
monitoring accounts across any web service, it frees one from tedious account management.
MobileDevHQ: MobileDevHQ is an enterprise organic app marketing platform that offers mobile marketers with
app store optimization (ASO) solutions. The platform enables app marketers to analyze and optimize the app store
presence of an app, track an apps relevant search ranking queries in an app store, discover top chart rankings,
analyze keywords etc.
Moqups: Moqups is a stunning HTML5 App for creating high fidelity SVG mockups, wireframes and clickable
prototypes. It lets you create website and app prototypes without any technical knowledge.
Moz: Moz is an industry leader in building tools to facilitate inbound marketing easy. It provides automated
research and analytics tools which lets you focus on strategy and insights and allows you to gain a quick
understanding of the competitive landscape in any given search result.
Go Daddy: GoDaddy is the worlds largest web host and domain name registrar. It offers dependable and stable
services to ensure smooth online presence.
Naminum: Naminum is the leading free startup name, company name, business name and website name generator
on the web. It helps you find a suitable name for your business.
NearMe: Near Me is a peer-to-peer commerce solution enabling anyone to setup their own branded marketplace.
Users can create peer-to-peer marketplaces to share, trade, swap or rent anything all over the world.
Upwork: Previosuly called Elance-oDesk, Upwork is the worlds largest online workplace where savvy businesses
and professional freelancers meet. It is an effective platform to get quality output at affordable costs.
Pixlr: Pixlr is a cloud-based set of image tools and utilities, including a number of photo editors, a screen grabber
browser extension, and a photo sharing service. The apps range from simple to advanced photo editing and can be
used on PCs, and smartphones or tablets.
PostMark: PostMark is a web app which removes the headaches of delivering and parsing transactional email for
web apps, all with minimal setup time and zero maintenance. It lets you see who opened your emails, where they
opened it, what clients and platforms they used, and even how long they read the email.
Prezi: Prezi is a popular cloud-based presentation software and storytelling tool for presenting ideas on a virtual
canvas. The product employs a zooming user interface (ZUI) and lets you create striking presentations.
QuickMVP: QuickMVP is a tool that helps entrepreneurs test a new business with a Landing Page Builder and
Google Ad Creator. It is one of the easiest ways to test your ideas, without wasting time or money.
Recruiterbox: Recruiterbox is the easiest way to receive and manage job applications to ones business. It is more
efficient than email and simpler than any other recruitment software.
Rewardstream: Rewardstream lets one create engagement and lead generation through well-designed, bestpractice-driven, and highly tailored referral marketing plans tuned to meet ones business changing needs. It
makes it quick and easy for marketers to incorporate digital, mobile, and word-of-mouth referrals into their
customer acquisition and brand awareness mix.
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Scoop.it: With a focus on content marketing, Scoop.it helps professionals and businesses publish content online in a
meaningful, easy and rewarding way. It is a convenient form of finding and creating content for social media
marketing.
Shopify: Shopify is a powerful ecommerce website solution that allows one to sell online by providing everything
needed to create an online store. Shopify offers a professional online storefront, a payment solution to accept
credit cards, and the Shopify POS application to power retail sales.
Sidekick: Sidekick lets you see Who Opens and Clicks Your Email. With Sidekick email tracking, one can get live
notifications when someone opens or clicks on ones emails.
Slack: Slack is a team communication tool that allows for real-time messaging, archiving and search for modern
teams. It is an advanced messenger and can help ensure smooth team co-ordination.
SurveyMonkey: SurveyMonkey is the worlds most popular online survey software. It lets you create and publish
online surveys in minutes, and view results graphically in real time.
Termsfeed: Termsfeed lets one create elaborate legal documents in minutes. It lets one create custom agreements
that can be legally binding for users: Privacy Policies, Terms and Conditions, Terms of Use, Terms of Service or
Return and Refund Policies.
TinyJPG: TinyJPG helps make websites faster by compressing JPEG images by 40-60%. It analyses images and
chooses an optimal strategy to apply the best possible JPEG encoding, keeping the quality impact but reducing the
size at the same time.
UICloud: UI plays an important part in defining customer experience for any app. UICloud collects the best user
interface designs and provides a search engine to find the best UI elements for ones need.
WordPress: WordPress is the most popular web platform to create beautiful websites and blogs. It provides for
hundreds of free, customizable, mobile-ready designs and themes.

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voucher worth INR 500/- each.

Shivam Singla
Shivam is a startup enthusiast from National Law School, Bangalore. He currently works with
Bhukkad, a natural fast food startup. He can be reached at shivam@thebhukkad.com.
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Top Commenter CEO & Founder at Brand24 9,244 followers

Thanks for mentioning http://brand24.net/ ! I am super glad you like our tool!
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Useful!
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Tammie Childs Managing Partner and CoFounder at Ubiquitous Innovation


Great article, I learned about a few new ones. Intercom.io is awesome. With this tool, we were able to consolidate and
get rid of 4 other tools (Woopra, Zendesk, Zopim, and Gauges). We also like the power of Slack for remote team
communication. The integrations are powerful. They are currently overwhelmed with with the number of integration
requests which may say something about the popularity of this tool. The other critical tool not mentioned here that we
pair with Slack for remote team communication is an audio conferencing product. We use Branded Bridge Line because
they have mentioned a Slack integration coming soon. Thanks for the tips!
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http://visitorengage.com/ Collect feedback & run push notifications on your website


http://yotwit.com/ Free tweet scheduler
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I could not find quick video conferencing solutions for fast going teams. Slacks needs signup and hassles I have came
across http://www.tringgr.com/ a free cloud based video conferenci ng solution with no signup needed.
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Srihari Gangula Works at IBM
Good info! However GoDaddy doesn't deserve to be here...they do unethical business. They steal good domain names
as people search and offer for high price/ auction. Its my personal experience! Never search for domain names in Go
Daddy!
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Bunchball is expensive, opinionated and enterprise centric. Playlyfe is a much better alternative for gamification when it
comes to flexibility and developer friendliness.
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Sivaram Subramaniam Sri Krishna Engineering College, Chennai (Madras)
Here is a product "Cflow" to automate any of your business processes. What are you waiting for? Improve your
productivity with "No Coding" required. Sign up now for a free trial. www.cavintek.com.
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Don't forget http://www.copperproject.com for creative project management!


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