Nayan Kumar
Nayan KumarEntrepreneur

As a start-up, what was the first SaaS product you paid for?

Trying to nail down the most valuable SaaS tools used among early-stage start-ups.
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  1. 100

    Payment integration and management.

    To receive payments!
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  2. 80

    Communicate personally with every single customer.

    🇺🇸 James Brown
    🇺🇸 James BrownGrowth Hacker at Several Startups <3 · Written
    best all in one for sales and customer support app.
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    Prasad Lingawar
    Prasad LingawarGrowth @ Plivo · Written
    My first SaaS subscription, I was using it for user onboarding.
    • Kyle Benoit
      Kyle BenoitI generate free traffic on the internet.

      Intercom is amazing our website started generating 20% more leads through their webchat, and support features, and even our local company was able to generate real sales consultant appointments from Intercom. If you are a service based business you cannot go without Intercom!

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    • Matt Pliszka
      Matt PliszkaCEO & co-founder @

      A great application to automate engagement with your visitors, focusing on personal approach towards your customers

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  3. Jerry Moyer
    Jerry MoyerCOO, Warble Inc · Written
    Easiest way to get all of the basics in one shot.
    Paul Skah
    Paul SkahBranding, strategy, marketing. · Written
    Email with the most intuitive interface, the entire office suite, teleconferencing system and Slack replacement.
    LeandroCo-founder, Unubo · Written
    Pure collaboration for teams. Gmail, editing docs and spreadsheets together, cloud storage with Drive and more.
  4. 32
    CanvasFlip 2.0

    Record conversion funnel, heatmap & user video on prototype

    Amal Albasheeri
    Amal AlbasheeriUX Analyst, Design thinker .. · Written
    It was great for user testing during the early prototyping phase.
    YanceProduct manager from China · Written
  5. 5
    Notion 2.0

    The all-in-one workspace - notes, tasks, wikis, & databases

    Combines many tools in one - keeps things simple and a lot of things in one place
    • Rees Vinsen
      Rees VinsenCEO of Adduco


      We're huge advocates of Trello, power-users of Slack, data-hungry Google Sheet/Doc fanatics and unloyal downloaders of many productivity, Wiki, task management and organisation apps. With my CTO I often mused the idea of building an all-in-one workspace for internal use that sat as our Pandora's box of goodies ranging from development wiki's, onboarding information and branding resources all the way to task management, meeting notes and even time tracking - lo and behold I stumbled across this gem of an app.

      We decided to run Notion for a week in tandem with Trello (for our highly-granular level project management) starting by spending an hour in the evening porting over info to populate a few spreadsheets, wikis etc. I also went ahead and threw personal pages up to trial it on an individual level. 📝Note: if you have a super high turnover of to-do's and an active team you won't find switching over from another app to be a lengthy process. After 6 years of managing a creative agency I reckon I have seen enough task management and organisation apps to last a lifetime, so take my thoughts here with that consideration.


      After a week we drew the following conclusions:

      ⏱ We worked faster with Notion than we did with Trello, Evernote or even a physical whiteboard.

      📦 Today I solely used Notion for the entire workday. This time last week I would have used Trello, Slack (sending meeting notes and memos), Google Sheets, Google Docs, the native OSX notes app and GithubWiki just to get my day ORGANISED!

      📚 Managing client editorials, project budgets, to-do lists and even basic memos and planning has been a breeze. It's great as a lightweight CRM too.

      🛠 We were more organised than ever before. It's great to have a knowledge base for our products, plans and company sitting right amongst our task management tools.


      We have also been left wanting for nothing (👏🏼 Congrats, Notion team) but dreaming of a few things:

      💵 Beefier finance organisation/support. Integrations with Quickbooks, Xero maybe? Make it easier to build budgets and organise our money plans!

      🗣 Room to annotate and collaborate on images/PDF's etc.

      🔐 Function to lock pages so you can't edit, and the little hover tooltip to edit doesn't show up.

      🎨 Integration with design apps - Sketch, UXPin, etc. Many many many creatives will use this app and be left wanting in this area. Think: a creative agency collabs, annotates, refines, develops and more...keep them in Notion.


      The TLDR: Notion 2.0 kicks a** and we'll be using it for a long long time in place of a myriad of other productivity apps and tools. You should too.

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    • I want to move from Evernote (I am a premium subscriber) to Notion, I really do but I don't think Notion wants me to. Whatever I am about to say, I say it with nothing but respect for Notion and in the hopes that it will continue to improve at the same pace.

      First, the good - Notion has the best note editing interface I've ever used. A close second might be OneNote (it's a high bar, mind you) and Bear. It combines the simplicity of Evernote or Markdown with the power of OneNote although, it is missing the ability to use handwriting and doesn't support iPad with Pencil just yet. When it does, it will be perfect. I also like that I can save code snippets. Why is this so hard for Evernote?

      Notion 2's tables, boards and other updates are huge. While I'm sure the in-built kanban board is not as feature complete as Trello, it should be more than enough for most projects. Same for tables. Airtable has a bunch of really cool advanced features but for most use cases, tables within Notion are just fine. Notion is on the right path and I am sure these features will only improve.

      Now for what I don't like - The price is definitely my number one complaint. I will happily pay for Notion when it can do everything that other apps can. Until then, why not let me stay connected to the product with a cheaper paid plan or a better free tier? I pay for Evernote but if I were to consider switching, I can't do so purely because Notion doesn't do a bunch of things that Evernote can (even though it does a lot of things that Evernote doesn't) - Chrome extension to clip articles, emails, images etc., powerful mobile app with business card and document scanning, iPad support etc.

      At $8 a month, it is more expensive than G Suite on a per-user basis. Why not give me 100 - 200 free blocks per month? Let me grow to love it. Let me build a workflow around it. Give me some incentive to tell my friends about it. When you have the features I want (I'm sure you're working on it), let me pay for it.

      Price aside, I would also like to see how Notion fairs for quick note-taking, It's designed to be a wiki-style product and I get that but I'm sure a LOT of people are using it for personal notes. I use Evernote to save one-line notes - phone numbers, quotes, URLs etc. Notion's wiki-style UX is too heavy duty for that kind of use. It would be really cool if there was a "scratchpad" or "quick notes" feature that was not as heavy duty. For these simpler notes, I don't want to organize them into pages, I just want to save them and may be tag them. Which brings me to another feature I could really use - tags. Why limit users to only folders? Why not allow users to just tag notes?

      I could go on but ultimately, I won't be switching to Notion right now, even though I really want to. Cost is too prohibitive but I'm sure I'll be on the hunt for future updates.

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  6. Great for tracking progress, motivating teams and setting new goals. Data that we connected first: ChartMogul, ActiveCampaign, Google Adwords, Google Analytics, Competition monitoring feeds (Google News, RSS feeds etc). Used in office TV screens
  7. Olga Milevska
    Olga MilevskaContent+Social media · Written
    For sales campaigns, customer support, and lead generation.
  8. 4

    Keeps people on the same page

    At that time there was no Trello & Asana and we had already tried the trial version of Basecamp and fell in love with its simplicity. We used to call it GroupHub :)
    • Agustin Esperon
      Agustin EsperonCo-Founder & Head of UX/Design at Wideo

      I'm a big fan not only of BaseCamp, but also their founders' books (Rework, Remote, Getting Real) and blog posts. Their work philosophy is amazing and it's reflected on the clean and concrete software.

      I really enjoy managing all aspects of my company with BaseCamp

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    • Great and helpful app! I use Basecamp integration with TMetric in all my projects, for me this is the most convenient way to track my time for any activity in Basecamp

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  9. Nico Bistolfi
    Nico BistolfiFounder at @piiojs · Written
    After Gsuite, which is extremely necessary to receive your emails. I always setup JIRA, Is great to understand what's going on and plan product roadmap.
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  10. 3
    Forest Admin

    Your back office, redefined.

    Thomas DIDIER
    Thomas DIDIER6Product Marketing Manager, Ermeo · Written
    To visualize and manipulate data to manage operations seamlessly.
    • Love how customizable it is, plugged directly into the application and at the same time, how safe it is, never accessing my data, pretty cool tool to get an admin panel up and running in a flash

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  11. 6

    Cloud video conferencing and simple online meetings

    Quite possibly the best video conferencing solution. This was an essential tool for our remote team and for sales calls.
    • Anthony Recenello
      Anthony RecenelloDating Coach and Head of Wolf & Garden

      The audio quality is so bad that it's the same level as a payphone. Really not worth paying money for when there are better solutions.

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  12. Shreyaa Ratra
    Shreyaa RatraMaking B2B sales easy via · Written
    Helped me identify the right companies to target so that I can prioritise and put more efforts on those companies and fill my sales pipeline.
  13. Because on-web customer/visitor engagement
  14. Sujoy Chaudhary
    Sujoy ChaudharyCofounder & CEO, Airim · Written
    If you are serving enterprise customers' customers, you cannot take chances with concurrency.
  15. Iván Enríquez
    Iván EnríquezForms, Data, Workflows · Written
    If your product is for sell at B2B I think it is very useful to automate your prospecting funnel
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  16. Excellent recurring billing solution
  17. Matej Kukucka
    Matej KukuckaGrowth @LiveAgent & @MarketingPlayer · Written
    Customer Support & Website Analytics must be set BEFORE any online project starts.
  18. It was necessary to keep our servers always up to avoid mis calculation of analytics data. Pingmeter provide this for us. Worth all the money and more.
  19. Michel Vermeulen
    Michel VermeulenDigital Creative · Written
    Michel Vermeulen made this product
    It's a quick and easy way to answer customers more efficiently, and it stays with you while the business is growing.
  20. 1
    NinjaOutreach 2.0

    Your single tool for influencer outreach

    I am a part of AeroLeads a bootstrap startup and the first best tools that we have used is NinjaOutreach to connect with blogger and podcaster to drive more traffic in the website. It worked exceptionally for us!
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    • anuj
      anujCo-founder, Shuffle. Product Person.

      They make you trial into the highest paid version, with zero notifications thereafter if your trial is over or when they charge for the next month. On reporting this to them, their response was cold and a variation of 'your problem'. Felt scammed, but maybe this is their understanding of subscription models - optimize for people forgetting about the tool.

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    • I wanted to jump on trial and trey tried to charge me 621 USD without any notification, after I tried to cancel the trial, but my card was charged, I can't get refund and their support is a full silence, horrible!

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