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    Carrrot

    Turn visitors into customers with data driven conversation

    Roman Eaton
    Roman EatonCarrrot.io πŸ₯•- HERE October 8th πŸš€ Β· Written
    Roman Eaton made this product
    As a startup you need to have a tight interaction between your team and the customers. Carrrot helped us to keep an eye on our customers, support them in time and automate some messages to push forward visitors to sign up form.
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    • The problem in many companies is information overloa, even by leadership team. Every team has newsletter, weekly update, etc. Unclear if carrot alone can solve this problem.

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    • When you identify your goals right inside the carrotquest you will get well-built instrument to make marketing based on your users' behavior. We used it more then a month and now reorganized the structure of goals inside.

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    Nuclino

    Part knowledge base, part collaboration space 🧠

    Nuclino is a team collaboration and knowledge sharing tool. It's like a network of interconnected Google Docs that can be edited in real time and organized in a kanban board, mind map, etc. We have recently upgraded to a premium plan, but the free plan is pretty generous too.
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    • Philipp Seybold
      Philipp SeyboldCo-Founder & CEO @ combyne

      Excellent product which is on the right track. In my view the pricing is too high for this stage with 5 Euro/user/ month. G Suite costs 4 euro for it's vast service portfolio. For us a price point at 1 or 2 Euro would feel comfortable.

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    • Nuclino definitely deserves to be as popular as Slack and Trello. Like Slack and Trello, Nuclino focuses on one task and does a brilliant job at it. I really hope this stays actively maintained!

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  3. 17
    Stripo.email

    Free email template builder for designers and developers

    Yuriy
    Yuriy31Marketing Manager @ Ardas Β· Written
    Great email building tool with FREE subscription and great set of pre-designed email templates.
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    • Anna
      AnnaEmail marketer, copywriter

      In fact, I like it that my colleagues have a shared Stripo account. Convenient when a large number of people need to have access to work on and edit same projects. Would love to embed in my SaaS

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    • Nastasiya Burban
      Nastasiya BurbanBusiness Analyst at Sprinkle Group S.A.

      We had a separate person, who has created adaptive emails for our company. Now we don't need it anymore. As a Business Analyst I spent a few hours for creating more than 25 emails. Stripo really decreases expenses.

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  4. Scott Spencer
    Scott SpencerDirector of Engineering, SoapBox Β· Written
    Must-have for any startup that does meetings (so, all of them?). This app makes it super easy to keep one-on-ones and team meetings organized and on track from start to finish.
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  5. 8
    Hygger

    The All-in-one Product Management Platform

    Tatiana Sinitsyna
    Tatiana Sinitsynacontent manager Β· Written
    If it refers to the necessity to find a really suitable tool for task management and project development, it is definitely worth to pay attention to Hygger. It is a true helper for your work and for the improvement of your startup project: there you can find many useful functions: dashboard, checklists, tasks prioritization system, integration with Scrum and Kanban methodologies and others. Try it yourself!
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    • Yarik
      Yarikloliful.io | yaraslav.com

      Nice tool. Was amazed how easy it is to migrate from existing Trello/Jira board.

      Imported everything correctly, so the transition can be really smooth and painful.

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    • Beth Fiedler
      Beth FiedlerHappy Entrepreneur w a PH product πŸ™Œ

      This tool will definitely work well for PM and non-PM team members. Easy to follow and very cool!

      Would be great if I could still sign up for a free plan up to 10 members .. please πŸ™πŸ™

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    RealtimeBoard 3.0

    Enhanced whiteboard. Your guide to the future of teamwork

    With Realtime Sharing, it has lots of templates including Business Model Canvas, Project planning etc
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    • Melissa Ng
      Melissa NgFounder of Product Design Studio, Melewi

      Such a huuuuuuuge fan! I use RealtimeBoard for so many things - both in and out of work. From client projects to internal business planning to operation processes to personal planning, I can't stop raving about how much I love RTB to everyone I know. I'm also super impressed by the constant product iterations and feature updates that are constantly being released. Bravo, awesome work guys, I'm absolutely gushing but it's well deserved.

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    • Rico Trevisan
      Rico TrevisanApostle of Broadband Jesus

      For me, Realtime Board has beautifully united:

      + loose sticky notes

      + 3M's sticky notes scanning app

      + project management tools (Asana, Trello)

      + diagram tools (draw.io, Visio)

      + clipboard tools (Evernote, Google Keep)

      Works wonderfully on a touch-screen Chromebook.

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  7. 4
    Slack

    Be less busy. Real-time messaging, archiving & search.

    The free version is the bare necessity for a startup. Even their free version is better than most communication tools.
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    • JoΓ£o Oliveira SimΓ΅es
      JoΓ£o Oliveira SimΓ΅esDesign Lead, 44 Studio

      As a remote designer, this is a must have. I'm always contactable and available. Super easy way to also have quick calls and communicate with other team members on different teams.

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    • Amrith Shanbhag
      Amrith ShanbhagCommunity at Product Hunt & Feathrd

      I'm a part of a ton of Slack communities but I'm active in only a handful.

      Slack works to its fullest only when it is implemented in a team and everyone's supposed to use it for communication. Slack could/should improve on making the communities on it better by adding relevant features.

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    Brewtime

    Coffee timer w/ step by step guide for all brewing methods

    Marek Kriz
    Marek KrizFounder at Point FM Β· Written
    Marek Kriz made this product
    In every startup, you find a few coffee geeks. So this is for them but also for their colleagues to prepare a top-notch coffee for their geeky friends.
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    Trello

    Organize anything, together

    He is a project manager, virtual boards as a kind of 'post-its'. It is also oriented to work in groups.
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    • Lindsey Winsemius
      Lindsey WinsemiusMarketing, Author, Supermom

      I just started using this with my marketing team at work, and so far it seems to be an efficient way to coordinate on projects. Now if I can just remember to log in and actually use the boards...

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    • Nick Allen
      Nick AllenHead of Marketing at FileInvite | Kiwi

      Brilliant for managing all your project backlogs in a Kanban fashion. Including a list for the DIY tasks around the house.

      As a Marketer I use this daily to manage workflow, sort ideas around future content and prioritize my activities. My team collaborate and report using handy integrations with Google and we use it as a Customer service and Sales script repository to store links to docs and how-to videos.

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    Wave

    Free financial software for your small business

    Easy Accounting tasks - Invoice Generation, Pre-built Reporting, Banks Integration
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  11. sofia kazmi
    sofia kazmiSecret Life of Ninja Β· Written
    It's the best project profitability & cash flow management software that every startup must have. Visit: https://www.slickaccount.com/pro...
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  12. Saketh Rasakatla
    Saketh Rasakatla18Sr. Digital Marketer Β· Written
    Hi Ben, Agile CRM (https://www.agilecrm.com/free-crm) is the only free, comprehensive, end-to-end CRM that delivers sales, marketing and support automation to help small and medium businesses manage all parts of the customer journey, from a single platform, in order to drive sustainable, scalable growth. Here is why - * It offers a free plan for life. Also, it is the most inexpensive CRM. Its pricing plan (https://www.agilecrm.com/pricing) has been designed for SMBs. As many startups have budget constraints, these plans would be a perfect fit. * Being the best at something is subjective. But some great indicators would be online reviews from authentic and most popular business-review sites like G2Crowd, Capterra, Trustradius. They have rated Agile CRM as the best CRM for SMBs. * This tool provides sales, marketing and service automation features on a single platform. Hence, is known as an all-in-one CRM. This is quite advantageous for startups as buying individual (sales/marketing/service automation tool) or domain-specific tools would be tough on their pocket as well as to manage multiple teams and hire specific teams/employees to handle these tools specifically. So, if you have this all-in-one CRM, all your teams can collaborate seamlessly and there won’t be any data leaks as everything is available on a single platform. Hope I helped! :)
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  13. Great alternative to Trello. Easy to Use Easy to Customize using Custom Templates Calendar Board FREE
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  14. Has everything you need for collaborating with your team.
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    Steve Corya
    Steve CoryaWriter and Software Developer Β· Written
    I love Notion. It allows me and my team to create, organize and visualize all of our content, internal notes, and basically everything we ever need to view all in one place.
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  15. Isaac Ralph Gabriel
    Isaac Ralph GabrielBlogger and Social Media Manager Β· Written
    Isaac Ralph Gabriel made this product
    The communication market is clouded with various applications and it is very difficult to choose the right one. However, you can try https://clariti.app/ it is free and easy to use. You can even start with a single account and you can easily scale up to multiple accounts. It is a robust application and you will be able to manage all communications through a single platform.
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  16. You can use this website to ask the above question or you could use it with your new startup for suggestions or discussions with partners/employees etc.
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    Flowdock

    Chat & inbox for teams

    Arsalan Sajid
    Arsalan SajidA startup enthusiast at Cloudways Β· Written
    Flowdock is a chat and inbox platform that lets teams collaborate and keep communications easily accessible in one place. It offers one-on-one private chat with individual team members, group chat and threaded discussions. Other features include @ mentions to get a specific user's attention as well as hashtags and chat histories with searchable transcripts.
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    Press Kite

    Create A Free Press Kit For Your Startup πŸ’Œ

    Chris Frantz
    Chris Frantzpresskite.com πŸ‘€ Β· Written
    Chris Frantz made this product
    Every startup needs to get press coverage, so we created a product to help make that happen. We are the only company offering a quick and easy press kit builder. It’s also free. πŸ™‚
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    • Drew Chambers
      Drew ChambersMarketing Exec who loves to bike and ski

      Really enjoy working with Chris and the product. Super easy to create a profile and everything that you need for a PR kit.

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    Domainglo

    Domain name generator

    Irfan
    IrfanCEO, Boskier.com Β· Written
    As a startup you need a domain name. Rather than spending thousands of dollars on a domain name in a domain marketplace, you can brainstorm domain name for free with this tool.
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  20. Christopher Skelly
    Christopher SkellyCEO @ChatLogix: ready for Qonvo launch! Β· Written
    We built Qonvo so that you can have ongoing conversations with your website and app visitors without all the crazy subscription fees that you see with webchat tools. Disclaimer here: Qonvo is a product that my team developed but we think it's great for startups so I hope everyone likes it.
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