Ram
RamStartups Lover, Business Consultant

What tools do you use (have used) to create your startup (Idea to product launch)?

Producthunt is filled with great startup creators, so i'm excited to see the tools that you've used when creating your startup. i.e. idea generators, mind mapping, idea validation, etc. It will be very helpful for the new startup creators.
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  1. 3
    Value Proposition Design

    Book: Follow up to Business Model Generation

    Nichole Elizabeth DeMeré
    Nichole Elizabeth DeMeré10Early-Stage B2B SaaS Consultant · Written
    Value Proposition Design helps you tackle a core challenge of every business — creating compelling products and services customers want to buy. This practical book, paired with its online companion, will teach you the processes and tools you need to succeed.
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  2. This app help you sketch out business ideas using the Business Model & Value Proposition Canvas. You can work on it together with your team and quickly test if the rough numbers indicate an idea worth pursuing
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    Validation Board

    Test Startup Ideas Without Wasting Time or Money (By Lean)

    Ayush Mittal
    Ayush Mittal27bro @boombro, Founder RefR ✌ · Written
    Another free tool to implement the lean process and test your startup idea
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  4. 2
    Startup Rocket Framework

    Framework to help entrepreneurs w/ the first critical steps

    Jarod Stewart
    Jarod StewartSr. Software Engineer, Yonomi · Written
    I've been using this kinda with a grain of salt but definitely helps frame the right questions. Helps validate your idea, recruit your team, design and build your product, acquire customers, iterate toward Product-Market Fit, and successfully bootstrap or land funding.
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    Startup Stash

    A curated directory of 400 resources & tools for startups

    Adelaida Diaz-Roa
    Adelaida Diaz-RoaCo-founder @ Nomo FOMO · Written
    This has helpful tools for every step of the way!
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  6. Omer Molad
    Omer Molad4Co-founder and CEO @ Vervoe · Written
    Might sound simplistic compared to other tools, but at Vervoe we have probably used Google docs and sheets more than anything else because it's the easiest way to work collaboratively on ideas and develop concepts as a team.
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    Asana

    The task management tool, completely redesigned

    Ana Santos
    Ana SantosStarting from scratch · Written
    Slack - to communicate with team members and send quick notes and screenshots. Works really well, I use it all the time every day.
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    Ana Santos
    Ana SantosStarting from scratch · Written
    To organize ideas and tasks. Couldn't live without it.
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    • Rita Viana
      Rita VianaGraphic Designer

      I recommend Asana to everyone who is trying to get a more organized life.

      It's good to everything, it's free (until 15 members) and you can choose from 2 different styles: list or board. You can create unlimited projects, you can share tasks between projects with a click, there are chat boxes in every task, it's user friendly and their help forum is ultra helpful even if you never payed a penny to them.

      I can't live without Asana. Just the most amazing thing ever.

    • Veronika
      VeronikaInbound Marketing Manager

      I've used a few project management tools in the past and Asana is the only one that makes me genuinely happy and more productive (at work and with my side hustles).

      I can't recommend this tool enough for its ease of use, features and user experience. As a cherry on top, Asana's vision to help teams collaborate and do their best work is one that I can personally identify with!

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    Canvanizer

    Brainstorm better concepts together with your team

    Free tool for fill your Business Model Canvas! You can share a secret canvas url with your team. All changes are synced for all users with the same canvas opened. And you can choose from many pre-structured canvas templates.
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    Atomic.io 2.0

    Ultra fast, scalable and fully collaborative prototyping

    Kunal Bhatia
    Kunal Bhatia50Co-founder & Design Lead @SlidesUp · Written
    I love prototyping as a way to validate my product ideas. That's why I'd recommend Atomic very highly. As Daniel Burka said on a recent Higher Resolution Podcast (Ep. 7), prototype your way to massive influence!
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    • Kunal Bhatia
      Kunal BhatiaCo-founder & Design Lead @SlidesUp

      Atomic is my go-to solution for ideating, creating something to test with customers, and communicating with developers. You can get an idea of how I use prototyping tools in general here. It includes an overview of many tools in this space.

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    Recruitee

    A fast, easy, collaborative hiring tool

    Beth Hudson
    Beth Hudson4Social Media Marketer, Recruitee · Written
    A team is the foundation of a startup. How many successful businesses have you seen that have a disjointed team that isn't on the same page? Recruitee is an ATS (Applicant Tracking System) that allows collaboration during the hiring process. I work with them, so I can vouch for their expertise if you have any question to ask them. Plus, the careers site editor helps attract the right talent!
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  11. RozBahrami
    RozBahramiDigital Media Manager, Skyprep · Written
    My team used BoostHQ! We created different channels relating to different aspects of our startup i.e. marketing, development, iOS, expenses etc and shared content with team members that were in each individual channel. It allowed us to collaborate effectively with each other but with content being the main focus not messaging like Slack. We noticed while using Slack that a lot of our content would get lost in an endless stream of chat threads, BoostHQ was the perfect solution :)
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