Hiten Shah
Hiten ShahCrazy Egg, Product Habits & FYI

What are the best free resources for startups?

Products, tools, guides, etc... I'd love to hear what people consider the best free resources that they are using at their company!
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130 recommended
  1. 165

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

    Hiten Shah
    Hiten Shah3Crazy Egg, Product Habits & FYI · Written
    It helps me communicate with team members more efficiently.
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    Tom Kinniburgh
    Tom KinniburghMobile Guru, Founder, Gamer · Written
    de-clutter your email and streamline your productivity.
    Great tool for internal teams AND I have been using it to create private channels for client teams and it helps get our team closer to the customer.
    • Amrith Shanbhag
      Amrith ShanbhagCommunity + Social at Product Hunt

      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.

    • João Oliveira Simões
      João Oliveira SimõesDesign 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.

  2. 131

    A minimal and sharable task list.

    Extremely simple to start a list and collaborate with your team on tasks. Very pretty too.
    • Just started using, really like the simplicity and the look

      Hope it won't be overloaded with features (except for critical ones, like moving tasks between lists)

    • Ethan
      Ethan👨‍💻👨‍🎤 Making KanbanMail & Code The Web

      The best todo list app out there, really nice UI! It is very flexible - it can be used as a vertical Kanban, weekly planner, simple todo list, bullet journal or even for note taking! It can even be used for collaboration with a built in chat. TRY IT 😻

  3. 115

    Organize anything, together

    Vikash Rungta
    Vikash Rungta#Product #Marketing #Tech #AI · Written
    Great for managing any project or tasks
    Hands down, one of the best project management, collaboration tools. They have a great free tier which should be good for startups.
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    George Hilton
    George HiltonI do something somewhere · Written
    The free tier is *very* feature rich, and I use it as a private version control of sorts for data science projects with stakeholders who use Jupyter Notebooks, but aren't familiar with Git commands.
    • 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.

    • Johnathan Holland
      Johnathan HollandI truly obsess over helping others..

      If you aren't an organized person Trello allows for easy to see visuals that help keep projects on track. The team at Curexe has specifically used it to organize our bugs, new features, staging and production stages of our development.

  4. 91
    Good Email Copy

    Email copy from great companies.

    Nick Abouzeid
    Nick Abouzeid37Content @ Emergence Capital · Written
    Some great email copy from companies like Slack, Trello, and Zendesk 🙌
  5. 132

    The project management tool that grows with you

    Patrick Schüller
    Patrick Schüller7Marketing/SEO @Zenkit · Written
    Great solution for teamwork in all phases of the project management journey. Whether you are conceptualizing (Mind-Map), actively working with a team (Kanban Board) or working with Deadlines (Calendar View), Zenkit is the go-to solution. Say goodbye to switching costs and training your new team members for many different tools. Start-ups tend to grow at a quick pace, especially in the beginning. Zenkit grows with you and your responsibilities and lets you scale your business efficiently.
    Siobhan O'Rorke
    Siobhan O'Rorke8Marketing @ Zenkit · Written
    Siobhan O'Rorke made this product
    It's kind of like if Trello, Wunderlist, and a super powerful relational database had a baby. Great for project management and team collaboration. And it's free for individuals and small teams up to 5.
    Peter Oehler made this product
    Thanks for getting listed here! Yes, no matter which stage your startup is at, Zenkit offers the most important tools you need to run your business smoothly.
    • Using Zenkit for a few months now and can't see myself going back to my old tool. The team has done a phenominal job of building an application that addresses the need of power users, light users, and everything in between.

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    • Edited my review to reflect the awesome response time to problem I encountered. Incredible, hard working team and their app reflects the care and dedication they have put into Zenkit. Keep up the great work, Zenkit!

  6. Hiten Shah
    Hiten Shah3Crazy Egg, Product Habits & FYI · Written
    It helps me easily schedule posts for social media to engage my audience.
    Oomo 3D 5.1 Surround Sound Earphones
    Oomo 3D 5.1 Surround Sound EarphonesLoved By Audio Team At Universal Studios · Written
    I use it. :)
    Troy Christmas
    Troy ChristmasFounder @ TaskClone & RepeatPost · Written
    This is my go-to tool for outbound social media because it is hands-down the easiest to use and offers great value. Doesn't yet do automated recycling of posts, but had the flexibility to build an add-on for it - http://repeatpost.com
  7. Loïc Souetre
    Loïc SouetreVC Partner@FRV - Founder@Younity · Written
    Google Sheets is pretty convenient to build a concierge MVP when you integrate it with Squarespace forms! (that's how we did our first version)
    Omer Molad
    Omer Molad4Co-founder and CEO @ Vervoe · Written
    Hard to go past one of the most frequently used free resources
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    Miranda  Wang
    Miranda Wangkissprom.co.uk for prom dresses online · Written
    There are lots of google products for free, and it is really useful to us.
  8. Zack Miller
    Zack MillerHost of fintech podcast, Tearsheet.co · Written
    Great way to get started with outbound messaging to customers, influencers. Mailchimp offers a free account for up to 2k subs.
    Rafaella Theocharous
    Rafaella TheocharousGreat products sell themselves · Written
    Email marketing tool that you can connect your store, you can create targeted and ad campaigns. Also has easy drag and drop design and many email templates! Thumbs up!
  9. Andreas Klinger
    Andreas Klinger3Tech at Product Hunt 💃 · Written
    It's an awesome list. I had to add it here :)
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    Hiten Shah
    Hiten Shah3Crazy Egg, Product Habits & FYI · Written
    I keep this list updated regularly! Answers to this question will help me add to it =)
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  10. 37

    See every click, swipe and scroll on your site.

    Marc Howard
    Marc HowardChief Strategy Officer (CSO) @bizpayo · Written
    Records everything, you can create easy user flow funnels and integrates and has awesome integrations like Slack and Intercom.
    So easy to use and understand what website visitors are doing and how they engage with your content
    Brandon Lipman
    Brandon LipmanFounder & Growth Marketer Redwhale · Written
    Every startup I talk to goes crazy when I show them this. It's incredibly addicting.
    • Ryan Hoover
      Ryan HooverFounder, Product Hunt

      When you're building a new products, user feedback is critical. You can gather feedback in a variety of ways, through in-person customer development interviews, surveys, and by simply looking at the data. I'm particularly fond of doing user testing (UserTesting is an awesome tool for this) although its only a "simulation" of what your users are actually doing.

      FullStory captures a screen recording of your site visitor's actions and behavior within (cue Steve Irwin impression) their natural environment. We've used it many times at Product Hunt to better understand how people are using new or beta features we're building. It's 👍🏼.

    • George Nurijanian
      George NurijanianPM, Online Republic

      They do one thing instead of many, and they do it well, but the pricing model didn't work all that well for us. Besides, it's still one step behind Amplitude and the likes in terms of seeing the customer journey. I would still recommend them for the search function.

  11. 34
    HotJar Insights

    See how visitors are really using your website.

    Great insights and doesn't cost a penny with low vols.
    +1 for Hotjar. Great insights, and for low volume sites, it's completely free.
    Cory Brown
    Cory BrownProduct Manager @austinmonitor · Written
    Been a great help for our non-profit startup.
  12. 32

    Realtime spreadsheet-database hybrid

    A lot of times, you're looking for tools to manage small parts of your startup. Airtable is perfect for such use cases! You can create your own "micro-application" to manage your project, sales, blog schedule or whatever else you want. No need for full-fledged software to manage each task. It's basically a supercharged Excel with a great UI.
    Anthony Da Mota
    Anthony Da MotaI upvote things that matter. · Written
    I can't recommend Airtable enough!
    Chris Bailey
    Chris BaileyLeft/Right Brain, more powerful together · Written
    My favorite tool on my belt. I owe so much to this service.
    • Matt Bettiol
      Matt BettiolDo what you love!

      This app is simply amazing! I have been using this as my replacement to Google Spreadsheets. The features inside of this amazing service are endless. If you have lots of data and want to organize it efficiently, this is the app for you :)

    • Danielle A. Vincent
      Danielle A. VincentGeneral Enthusiast, Rouser of Rabble

      We started using Airtable to manage our content projects at work. After using it for a month, I decided I liked it so much that I signed up for Zapier and Airtable to manage my personal projects as well. It has completely changed everything.

  13. 31

    Amazingly simple graphic design

    Ola King
    Ola KingFounder, Sweeft · Written
    This is probably the only tool you will need to make beautiful graphics on social media without needing to use photoshop or even have any design skills. It's stupid simple to use, and it also has an iOS app that is just as powerful. The free version is powerful enough for most use cases.
    Matthew Rosendin
    Matthew RosendinCo-Founder at Polyledger · Written
    The best graphic design solution for startups without a graphic designer.
    Rafaella Theocharous
    Rafaella TheocharousGreat products sell themselves · Written
    My best friend! fast and easy for using! You don't need to have any specific knowledge! Many free options with templates, icons etc. Thumbs up
    • Kristina Zagorulko
      Kristina ZagorulkoPR at StopAd, app explorer

      I am totally in love with Canva! For me it's the best graphic app I ever work with!

      Simple enough to quickly create pics for Facebook, twitter posts, featured images for my blog and emails. The powerful and full of tools enough to create even an infographic! Guys, you're so awesome, you help me to level up my skills as a content, SMM and PR manager. I don't need to wait for designer. I can create an illustration in 5 min! I work with Canva like 1 year or even more. With free version, but I want to try paid too. Thank you, guys!

    • Overall this tool is amazing for people who want to make quick nice content.

      Their templates are cool for inspiration and makes the whole progress easier.

      I cannot do everything but that's the beauty of it.

  14. Justin Mitchell
    Justin Mitchell9I help startups at SoFriendly.com · Written
    Justin Mitchell made this product
    Exclusive discounts and deals on top tools for startups, also it's free, so that's cool. Free site for free stuff.
  15. 25
    Startup Stash

    A curated directory of 400 resources & tools for startups

    Helen Larsen
    Helen LarsenStart up geek, investor, money addicted. · Written
    Their app will help you to cover many pertinent areas that every startupper have to grapple with. It has some categories and it has 10 recommended resources that can help with the startup’s growing pains.
    Liza Dixon
    Liza DixonUsability Engineer❤️Autonomous Mobility · Written
    Meta, but it's the first thing that came to my mind. 🙇🏻‍♀️💯
  16. 23

    Contracts, invoices, and expenses for digital freelancers

    Nick Abouzeid
    Nick Abouzeid37Content @ Emergence Capital · Written
    Free contracts for designers & developers. A must!
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    Michael Davidson
    Michael DavidsonHandsome Hebrew, Software Dev · Written
    Get money. Get paid.
  17. 25
    Atlas Recall

    A searchable photographic memory for your digital life

    Brody Clemmer
    Brody ClemmerProduct Management Executive · Written
    Atlas has improved my productivity day to day by a multiple of 6. The ability to search through docs, wikis, knowledge and asset managers, when and where I need them is incredible. It has increased efficiency meetings for our entire team. Highly recommended.
    George Hilton
    George HiltonI do something somewhere · Written
    Why bookmark when you can search your web personal web traffic? Using Atlas Recall is like searching your inbox instead of putting emails in folders - it just makes more sense, and saves oodles of time!
    Jay Nichols
    Jay NicholsSr. Technical Account Manager, Zendrive · Written
    Atlas has dramatically helped me locate ANYTHING whenever I need it! I use it both on my Mac as well as my iPhone and have to say it is by far the most productive app I have on my device. I literally interact with it 20-25 times daily! Get Atlas NOW!
    • Wang Lee
      Wang LeeProduct Management Intern

      I'd like to use some feature similar to this but only to find specific word(s) for an app I am currently working on!

  18. Mohammed Rafy
    Mohammed Rafy5All things Community · Written
    This is the best thing if you want to collaborate with someone else to do your work.
    Ender Bonnet
    Ender BonnetDeveloper, TiD · Written
    Todas las utilidades de la herramienta de escritorio pero en la web y con un sistema de colaboración en tiempo real muy pulido.
  19. 22
    CloudApp Annotate

    Annotate screenshots right from your Mac's menu bar!

    Emilie Couturier
    Emilie CouturierMarketing Manager @ CloudApp · Written
    Makes team collaboration way easier
    Matthew Rosendin
    Matthew RosendinCo-Founder at Polyledger · Written
    CloudApp is awesome. I use it to grab screens about every day.
    Ben Adamski
    Ben AdamskiDeveloper. Storyteller. Collaborator. · Edited
    Showing someone on my team something specific, or how to execute a task by annotating a screenshot with CloudApp is actually faster and easier than explaining it to them.
  20. Jaakko Timonen
    Jaakko TimonenFounder, CEO of Nonono.io · Written
    Best lessions learned collection there is.
    Graham Campbell
    Graham Campbell4🚀 new ventures, faster · Written
    Super free resource on various tech startup lessons & best practices