As the nontechnical co-founder, it’s nice to watch, and helpful to see, everything in Slack. It was especially helpful before we got our own office. Slack is good because you can integrate it with a ton of programs. For example, my calendar appointments pop up in Slack, so everyone knows what I’m doing during the day. They’re really trying to make it a very powerful tool.
We’re really under the radar, so we’re not actively using MailChimp much. But when we start marketing, I expect we will use MailChimp. We’re using it mainly to coordinate alpha testing at this point.
Using QuickBooks Online is really painful. It’s not ideal, but we’re sticking with it for now. We’ve heard of an accounting as a service company, inDinero, that we’re considering switching to at some point. But at this point, because we’re on the cusp of large sales, there’s not a lot of value there. When we get to about 10 people, with tons of transactions and revenue coming in, we’ll probably go with inDinero. We’re expecting to switch over to them in the middle of next year.
Justworks is the startup version of TriNet. They handle all of our benefits, payroll and disability. I’m a huge fan of theirs. They’re very friendly and, much like a startup, very approachable. Their dashboard is insanely easy to use, which I love, because I don’t have time for that stuff. From an employee standpoint, Justworks is great because it’s very easy to sign up. They demystify the system, and give employers and employees a great user experience. TriNet wanted me to sign a million things and they have lots of fees; I didn’t want to deal with that. On a per-employee basis, we’re spending about $85/month/person but we will save more than that on health insurance premiums. Justworks is also open to providing discounts to folks, so we really appreciate that. As far as possible cons, I’ve heard that Justworks’ insurance premiums might be slightly higher than TriNet’s, but I’ve also heard that TriNet is jacking up their premiums, so I’m sticking with Justworks. They’re changing our plan from Blue Cross/Blue Shield to Aetna too, but I don’t know if that will change anything
We’ve used Liquid Talent for posting in our state for developers and designers. We haven’t found too many interesting candidates on there, but it’s worth keeping in mind.
Networking is basically my job at this point, and we do our recruiting mostly via our engineering team’s relationships, word-of-mouth, networking and at hackathons. We used LinkedIn Premium very heavily when we were raising money, to see who was looking at us. But after raising money, that feature has been much less useful, so we’ve stopped using any paid versions of LinkedIn.
We just signed up to use Devpost to find developers, and I heard about them from Founders Roundtable.
For continuous integration, we use Snap, but most folks would use CodeShip, CircleCI or Jenkins. Test service and issue tracking are also important. My team believes this is an area where devs need to try out different things until they figure out what is right for them, the project and the languages they are using.
This is an interesting category for us. We’re basically a bunch of hackers, so we all manage ourselves. We use GitHub, Trello and Slack all together. We use GitHub for version control, and we have GitHub integrated with Slack, so we can all see who is working on what, and all commits to the code base show up in Slack.
This is an interesting category for us. We’re basically a bunch of hackers, so we all manage ourselves. We use GitHub, Trello and Slack all together. Trello is used for engineer to-dos.
This is an interesting category for us. We’re basically a bunch of hackers, so we all manage ourselves. We use GitHub, Trello and Slack all together. We use Slack for communicating with each other, and we have GitHub integrated with Slack, so we can all see who is working on what, and all commits to the code base show up in Slack.