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Do Email Differently: Startups' Favorite Inbox Productivity Tools

There are a variety of email productivity tools on the market, so consider your needs before layering on too many at once. The three most valued services among our community are email scheduling apps, smart filtering tools that automatically organize your inbox according to your preferences, and lightweight CRMs that work within your email.Email Scheduling AppsAt the most basic level, anyone who’s anyone should be using an email scheduling tool, which will allow you to schedule emails and rec...

Will the real Amy Ingram please stand up? Smart scheduling for startups

Have you been getting a lot of administrative emails from a certain Amy Ingram? Calendar requests from her brother Andrew? You’re not alone! These two worker bees aren’t flesh and blood, but rather software agents created by [x.ai], who ease the workload on startups the world over. With over 10 billion meetings taking place in the US each year, online scheduling tools are a great way to minimize the time-consuming back and forth of calendar management.16% of Stacklisters who use scheduling to...

Slack Crack: A balanced critique of startups’ favorite drug

Breaking news: Startups love [Slack]! 64% of the Stacklist community uses the Slack and, as we’ve said before, they’re not afraid to sing its praises—integrations, sleek interface, overall simplicity, etc. In addition to using Slack for internal communication, about 10% of startups are also putting it to work for file sharing and project management, and even a few are using it as a customer service tool.But there’s no perfect tool; even with its growing army of diehard...

What Startups Need to Know About Credit Card Processors

If revenues are where the rubber meets the road for startups, then the selection of a credit card processor is one of the most important tool decisions a team will make. That’s one of the reasons we ask about the credit card processor in every stacklist interview. The vast majority of startups report using a credit card processor - about 80%. Who’s not using a credit card processor? For starters, pre-revenue startups, as well as many content-based startups and agencies whose ...

5 tips to control your office space spend, lower your burn and impress investors

All businesses are fighting for the same goal: producing a return (financial or otherwise). That battle, of course, isn’t as simple as keeping costs low because you have to invest in your business in order for it to grow. So, what you end up focusing on — and what your investors (current and prospective) look for above all else — is a strong ratio between spend and return.At a very high level, your spend breaks out into two categories:$ spent to grow your business$ spent to ...

Social Media Strategies for Seed-stage Startups

“It’s only 140 characters—how hard could it be?”“Bwahahaha,” says the experienced social media manager.Building a strong social media presence and an effective social media strategy takes patience, trial and error, and—most notably—time. When you’re just starting out, time is your most precious commodity; after all, you need to be focused on building your product, finding users, establishing yourself in the market.But fundamental to this e...

Guillaume Cabane, Mention

About Guillaume CabaneGuillaume is a web marketing specialist with a strong focus on ROI. For the past 10 years, he has focused on web marketing and product development in both the B2B and B2C spaces. Guillaume has held leadership roles in business development and marketing departments for Apple, Lexsi and Codiki, and now serves as head of growth marketing at Mention, one of France’s fastest-growing startups.What is the most valuable tool in your stacklist? Hands down, [Segment] is our favori...

Zenefits and ZenPayroll: A recipe for success

Any startup that’s explored the HR administration and payroll landscape will vouch for the daunting array of choices and the complexity that comes with getting to know the competitive benefits space, and the nuances involved in regulatory compliance. Choosing a PEO is one way to offload all of those tasks, but it’s not for everyone. For those who’ve opted to forge their own path, Stacklist users have spoken: Using [Zenefits] and [ZenPayroll] together gives you an easy way of...

When Should Startups Hire a Full-time Recruiter?

Along with an accounting team, startups are often advised to forego hiring HR staff in the early days. Instead, they’re told to outsource HR tasks, including recruiting, benefits, payroll and more, so that they can instead focus their time and money on building their business. But when it comes to recruiting, founders typically take on the brunt of the work in the very early stages, spending 30-40% of their time reaching out to their personal networks for prime candidates and investing ...