Software Alternatives & Reviews

The Startup Tools I Can't Live Without

Recommended and mentioned products

  1. Connect the apps you use everyday to automate your work and be more productive. 1,500+ apps and easy integrations - get started in minutes.

    Zapier - I automate everything I can with Zapier. I’ve also tried and liked n8n, but until they’ve built all the connectors that Zapier has, I’m still more heavily locked into Zapier.
  2. Build dynamic, responsive websites in your browser. Launch with a click. Or export your squeaky-clean code to host wherever you'd like. Discover the professional website builder made for designers.

    Webflow - Once you need more than a single page, Webflow is pretty solid. It’s significantly more complicated than Carrd, but more powerful as well.
  3. Make computers as easy and accessible as "mobile" computing.

    Vercel - On the other end of the spectrum, I often use Vercel to host small, frontend-heavy projects. Very quick to get started with if you’re working in Node/JavaScript.
  4. Write & publish great tweets, without distractions

    Typefully - Twitter really loves threads, so I’ve been doing more of them lately. Typefully is the best tool I’ve found for writing them.
  5. Infinitely flexible. Incredibly easy to use. Great mobile apps. It's free. Trello keeps track of everything, from the big picture to the minute details.

    freemium $12.5 / Monthly (Per user - Business Class)

    Trello - Trello is my go-to project management and life organization tool. I use it for my daily and weekly to-do lists and managing team projects.
  6. Toggl is an online time tracking tool. It features 1-click time tracking and helps you see where your time goes. Free and paid versions are available.

    Toggl - I’ve tried several tools for time tracking, but Toggl is my favorite. The weekly reports help me see which areas of my business I’m spending time on and help me direct my priorities for the week ahead.
  7. Online payment processing for internet businesses. Stripe is a suite of payment APIs that powers commerce for online businesses of all sizes. Use Stripe’s payment platform to accept and process payments online for easy-to-use commerce solutions.

    Stripe - Stripe has revolutionized the world of online payments. While it can still be messy and confusing at times, it’s an order of magnitude better than the old solutions I remember early in my career.
  8. Jekyll is a simple, blog aware, static site generator.

    Jekyll - While not the most modern static site generator available, Jekyll works well. Most of the blogs I operate run on Jekyll at this point.
  9. Originally founded as a project to simplify sharing code, GitHub has grown into an application used by over a million people to store over two million code repositories, making GitHub the largest code host in the world.

    Github - Not only a code-sharing platform, Github is my go-to static site host and CI/CD platform as well.
  10. Simple, responsive one-page site creator.

    freemium $9.0 / Annually (Pro Lite)

    Carrd - Carrd is the best one-page landing page builder I’ve found. For testing a new project idea or email newsletter, Carrd is the best.
  11. Say goodbye to phone and email tag for finding the perfect meeting time with Calendly. It's 100% free, super easy to use and you'll love our customer service.

    Calendly - I never knew I needed Calendly until I started a business. It cuts down on so many back-and-forths around scheduling.
  12. Ahrefs is a toolset for SEO and marketing. We have tools for backlink research, organic traffic research, keyword research, content marketing & more. Give Ahrefs a try!

    Ahrefs - My go-to SEO tool, ahrefs also provides some really solid educational material on their blog and YouTube channel.