What are some great online tools for startups?

Answer by Michael Sinanian:

My list is not exhaustive but it should capture a good chunk of the tools needed to build your own (software or web) startup. It's really remarkable how much of the process is modularized and commoditized these days. The old programmer's adage "don't reinvent the wheel" has been applied on a mass-scale to the entire startup ecosystem and this list is a testament to that.

Before you continue, check out Leanstack, a service that helps developers find and stay up to date with new developer services. It lets you view services by what other startups use ("cloudstacks") or through categories ("clusters").


balsamiq (wireframing mockups): http://www.balsamiq.com/

MockFlow (design UI workflows): http://mockflow.com/

Software/Web Development

Meteor (web dev tool): http://meteor.com/

Action.io (cloud development platform): https://www.action.io/

Foundation (frontend frameworks): http://foundation.zurb.com/

Coderbuddy (Google App Engine dev made easy): https://www.coderbuddy.com/

DivShot (web app interface builder): http://divshot.com/

Rescue.js (web app bug-finder): http://rescuejs.com/

Easel.io (in-browser web dev tool): https://www.easel.io/

Yottaa (web performance as a service): http://www.yottaa.com/

Mobile Development

Clutch.io (A/B testing for mobile apps made easy): https://clutch.io/

Urban Airship (push notifications): http://urbanairship.com/

Parse (mobile dev made easy): https://www.parse.com/

Back-end / Cloud Infrastructure

Backlift (back-ends made easy): https://www.backlift.com/index.html

Fastly (CDN's made easy): http://www.fastly.com/

RightScale (cloud management): http://www.rightscale.com

Scalr (cloud management): http://www.scalr.net/

Eucalyptus (cloud inf.): http://www.eucalyptus.com/

Firebase (scalable back-end for web apps): https://www.firebase.com/

TightDB (databases made easy): http://www.tightdb.com/

MemSQL (performance databases made easy): MemSQL

MongoHQ (database hosting made easy): Run your Hosted Database with Us

Filepicker.io (file system as a service): FilePicker.io – Dead Simple Uploads for Web and Mobile

Non-Startup Cloud Platforms (The Big Boys):

Amazon Web Services: http://aws.amazon.com

Google App Engine: https://developers.google.com/ap…

Google Compute Engine: https://cloud.google.com/product…

Salesforce: http://www.salesforce.com/

Microsoft Windows Azure: http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/

Rackspace (cloud everything): http://www.rackspace.com/

Heroku (cloud everything): http://www.heroku.com

Web App Modules

Unbounce (landing page management): http://unbounce.com/

LaunchRock (landing pages made easy): http://launchrock.com/

GoInstant (co-browsing module): http://www.goinstant.com/

Kera (in-app tutorials made easy): https://www.kera.io/

Avatars.io (avatars made easy): http://avatars.io/

DailyCred (social authentication module made easy): https://www.dailycred.com/

Janrain (social authentication, user management): http://janrain.com/

Stormpath (user management): http://www.stormpath.com/

Searchify (search-as-a-service): http://www.searchify.com

Swiftype (search-as-a-service): https://swiftype.com/

Elasticsearch (search-as-a-service): http://www.elasticsearch.com/

Mashape (Cloud API marketplace): https://www.mashape.com/

Authy (two-factor authentication module): https://www.authy.com/

DuoSecuity (two-factor competitor): https://www.duosecurity.com/


Stripe (payments for devs): https://stripe.com/

Dwolla (transactions made easy): https://developers.dwolla.com/

Braintree (payments for debs made easy, another Stripe): https://www.braintreepayments.com/

Analytics / DataViz

Chartbeat (analytics/data made easy): http://chartbeat.com/

KISSmetrics (analytics made easy): http://www.kissmetrics.com/

Leftronic (analytics dashboard): https://www.leftronic.com/

Reportgrid (dataviz made easy): http://www.precog.com/products/r…

HeatData (website heat maps): http://www.heatdata.com/

GoSquared (analytics): https://www.gosquared.com/

Customer Communication (Email, support, etc)

SendGrid (mass-email in the cloud): http://sendgrid.com/

MailChimp (email marketing made easy): http://mailchimp.com/

CampaignMonitor (email newsletters made easy): http://www.campaignmonitor.com/

Get Satisfaction (customer support made easy): https://getsatisfaction.com/

ZenDesk (customer support made easy): http://www.zendesk.com/

Big Data

Factual (data-as-a-service): http://www.factual.com/

Platfora (Hadoop-as-a-service): http://www.platfora.com/

Datameer (data-as-a-service): http://www.datameer.com/

Infochimps (Big Data analytics for enterprise): http://www.infochimps.com/

BrightContext (data as a service): http://www.brightcontext.com/

Running the Office

Resumator (make hiring easy): http://www.theresumator.com/

Expensify (expense reports made easy): https://www.expensify.com/

PagerDuty (IT management made easy): http://www.pagerduty.com/

Twilio (telephone in the cloud): http://www.twilio.com/

42Floors (office space made easy): http://42floors.com/

Competitive Intelligence

AngelList: https://angel.co/

TechCrunch CrunchBase: http://www.crunchbase.com/

VentureBeat Profiles: http://venturebeatprofiles.com/


EasyPost (postage for developers): http://www.geteasypost.com/

Keynotopia (presentations and pitches made easy): http://keynotopia.com/

Lastly, for more business-to-developer solutions, see this Quora board: Startups for Startups – Services to Use. Also, Ashley's suggested list is really comprehensive–though you won't find some of these links on there: startuptools

UPDATE: This Hacker News page features some great lists: Ask HN: Tools of the trade, 2013 edition

UPDATE 2: Credit to Nathan Ketsdever for his suggestions:

What are some great online tools for startups?


About Aditya Gupta

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