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KPIs: Defining and Visualizing Success

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...

INFOGRAPHIC: Trello vs. Asana vs. Basecamp

Project management tools keep teams and individuals on track. They help us organize chaos and minutiae. And they free our brains to focus on quality, creativity and comprehensiveness in our execution of projects. Three project management tools dominate the startup market. Choosing the right project management tool, whether for its framework, feature set or pricing, is critical. Perhaps even more critical is the discipline of adoption.“We’ve changed project management tools a ...

Basecamp Review: High Function + Low Frills

In my experience, a lot of project management systems don’t get wide company adoption. But Basecamp is super simple and super easy to start using. The learning curve and onboarding curve is really quick. We don’t want to spend a lot of time training employees and Basecamp is the best way to onboard. I’ve used 10 different project management tools over the past 5 years, and Basecamp is the most simple tool for project management. It gets the job done without any extra frills....

Asana Review: Checklist on Steroids

With 1 out of 5 startups using Asana, it's one of the most popular project management and productivity tools among startups. The driving force behind its inception in 2008 was actually the productivity needs on teams at Facebook. Ipso facto, use Asana and achieve wild success.Asana: move work forward“Asana is amazing! I can’t live without Asana ... It’s a really good to-do list. It allows you to collaborate really easily for attachments and notifications. I love their U...

Trello Review: Easy Breezy Beautiful

Trello: organize anything, anywhere with anyone“We use Trello for product management and design. I’ve played with most product management applications out there, like Asana and Basecamp, and Trello works best for us. We use the Kanban technique for visualization, and Trello fits in well with that. I like the open-ended framework and flexible nature of Trello."- Jiyan Wei, Co-founder of BuildZoom38% of startups use Trello and most love it. (You know who also loves Trello? Atla...