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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

Trello vs. Asana vs. BasecampProject 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 change...

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...

New Tools Roundup #12

Every week we get new tools recommended to us by founders of startups. We handpick the best ones for our weekly roundups so you can try them out! pCloudSecure cloud storage for your files“I cannot recommend it enough--it has a very user-friendly mobile app. You can invite specific people, collaborate and it is much easier to manage and more user-friendly than Google Drive or Dropbox.”- Rotem Peled, Founder & CEO of TopisharepCloud is cloud service tool that securely store...

Advice for the Early Stage Startup: Just. Medium.

Last week, I was asked 5 times what CMS or blogging platform a new startup should use. I recommended Medium each time.Everyone knows that Medium is an awesome place to discover content. And startup adoption of Medium for both content management and distribution is growing quickly; according to our own research, nearly 10x as many startups and founders were using Medium as a blogging platform at the end of 2016 vs. the end of 2015.However, the majority of startups are still leaning on legacy p...

New Tools Roundup #11

Founders of startups have been happy to share the tools they use at their businesses. Every week we put together this roundup of our favorite new tools for you to try out! This week's roundup features tools for analytics, fundraising, content marketing, and more! Check them all out below.TiempyReady to save time?“We use Tiempy for automated recurring posts. We use a paid version.”- Dickey Singh, CEO & Co-founder of PyzeTiempy allows users to schedule recurring social medi...

Where to Make Those Custom Hoodies, Custom Stickers, T-Shirts & Other Glorious Swag

You’ve secured your investors, you’ve figured out your business model and created a logo.Obviously the next pressing issue is getting some swag.Swag has become a staple for venture-backed companies, and it can be helpful for getting attention. Swag makes for great promotional pieces for your company whether it’s at a recruiting event or walking around SF. It’s a sweet perk for employees. And swag can make great gifts for your customers and your leads.Want a free swag t...