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Uber for X: 10 of Our Favorite Startups for On-Demand Services

As we prepare for our event Experience as Product: Startups in the Service Space, we're increasingly impressed with how entrepreneurs are leveraging technology in new ways to drastically increase the availability of services. These service companies tend to operate at the confluence of marketplace models, location technology, peer-to-peer technology and gig economy popularity. Nearly all identify as technology companies that scale. Perhaps what is most impressive is that these start...

Tapping Into the Wisdom of Teams

This article is written by Adam Siegel. Adam is the Founder of Cultivate Labs, a Chicago-based startup focusing on innovative ways to use crowdsourcing inside companies to improve how decisions are made.All of us are biased in some way, inevitably leading to very bad decisions at one point or another. We also have weaknesses, whether it’s a lack of expertise in a certain area or an inability to handle certain situations better than others. It’s partially why we hire people: t...

New Tools Roundup #13

Every day we heard about new tools from founders sharing their stacklists. We like to roundup and highlight our favorites for other entrepreneurs and founders to check out. This week some of our favorites include tools for all parts of marketing! For social media, email, content, and communicating, here's this week's roundup.Meet EdgarThe social media queue that fills itself“Meet Edgar is a really cool tool to post social media content... With Buffer, you have to create a queu...

Beta Test the New Stacklist Recommendation Engine

We have a good problem on our hands. 450 awesome founders have shared more than 1400 tools that have helped their startups grow. And they've submitted more than 7,000 reviews of these tools in the process. The data is abundant and rich, but it’s a lot. And the mission of Stacklist is to make tool decisions easier and smarter so that entrepreneurs can stay focused on growing their business. With founders taking the time to share their business stacks, the onus is on us to make ...

KPIs: Definition, Dashboards, and Tools

How do you know when your business is doing well?Maybe you’re profitable. Your business is operating soundly. Income exceeds expenses. On the other hand, maybe you were hoping to be growing much more quickly. Maybe you’re operating too conservatively and you’re just one competitor away from being outpaced. Maybe your sales are doubling month to month. You’re clearly growing. But are those new customers or are people buying more per month? Either could be great. Bu...

Hidden Gems: February Edition

We have over 1500 hundred tools on Stacklist - all submitted by founders who find them essential to their business. You know the big ones. They have substantial market share. Think: Slack, Gusto, Trello ...Those tools are awesome, as are a handful of hidden gems that aren't quite as famous. They're powerful tools, some new, some rapidly growing. And we think you should know about them!Base CRMWhen a CRM claims to offer "everything you need" in one tool, we think "...

A Global Toolshed: 10 Tools from India

In over 400 interviews, founders have mentioned 1500 tools that are critical to growing their business. Most of these tools, like most of the founders we’ve interviewed, are based in the US. However, more tools from India, Israel, Canada, Brazil and European countries are becoming essential to how US-based startups run their business.In a recent interview with Jugal Anchalia, the founder of JustDoc, we were introduced to several tools from Indian companies that we thought all startups c...

5 Apps That Will Keep Your Business Safe from Hacks & Attacks

Small businesses are especially prone to cyber attack. Nobody can really afford the press from even a minor data leak. Security is a top concern for anyone hoping for long- term success, but the usual antivirus and firewall tactics are less and less effective. Hiring security experts internally is a luxury that may not be the smartest solution, so outsourcing to reputable vendors makes a lot of sense. Either way, experts agree that encryption is key. Whatever you do, you’re going to wan...

Founders' Favorite Tools for Startup Fundraising

Raising a round of venture funding is one of the highest stakes business processes we run at a startup. For most founders, it feels like a necessary evil. They need the money, but it takes them away from growing the business. Other founders felt their pain (or experienced it themselves) and built these awesome products to help founders maintain their sanity in pursuit of seed funding, their series A, relationships with venture capital firms, good investor relations and ongoing intuition about...