Getting Started

How to start a startup – course provided by Stanford University & Y Combinator.

Virgin’s Digital Skills Hub – video course on the basics of a digital business.

Digital Business Academy – Tech City and UCL’s comprehensive guide to building a digital business.

Maqtoob – a list of handpicked tools for startups.

Accounting & HR

Activity Book

activity-book.co.uk – HR management (built in Cardiff).

FreeAgent

FreeAgent

Accounting Software with plenty of integrations.

Business Planning

Strategyzer

strategyzer.com

Toolbox to build better business models.

The Lean Canvas

leanstack.com

A tool for planning a start-up business on one sheet of paper (a variation of the Business Model Canvas). Fast and easy to use.

Business Model Canvas

Business Model Canvas

A tool for planning a business model on one sheet of paper. Fast and easy one you’re locked into a monetisation strategy.

Collaborative Documents

DraftIn.com

draftin.com

Collaborative writing tool. Free lightweight, markdown based with great version control. Perfect for blogging.

GoogleDocs

Google Docs

Collaborative documents, from Google. Spreadsheets, Docs, Forms, Presentations. A good place to start.

Iceber.gs

icebergs.com

A visual organisation tool for collecting inspiration. Think Pinterest but more professional. Great for brainstorming marketing/branding/UI.

Product Management

Trello

Trello.com

Organise tasks, lists and information into sets of Trello Cards. Free and a great way to start organising teams.

Cloud Storage

Dropbox

Dropbox.com

Online collaborative folders. Share docs, folders and auto sync.

Box

Box.com

Secure sharing from everywhere. Share docs, folders and auto sync.

Amazon Web Services

aws.amazon.com

A range of online storage, computing and processing cloud platforms. Maintained by Amazon, plenty of big services use it.

Prototype Development

divshot

divshot.com

Fast, visual front-end development. Based on Bootstrap/Foundation, works for the non-techy.

Brace

brace.io

IFTTT

ifttt.com

Hack together API’s from a range of services with If this, then that.

Product Testing

Testflight

Testflightapp.com

Beta testing for Apps. Lets you build and push apps to a single device.

Silverback

silverbackapp.com

Video users as they play with your website. Great for UX testing and not nearly as creepy as it sounds.

Webforms

Typeform

typeform.com

Responsive Webforms. Slick and simple.

Wufoo

wufoo.com

Webform builder. Drag and drop. Perfect for non-developers, lots of integrations, but hard to style.

SurveyMonkey

surveymonkey.com

Conduct surveys online. Simple interface, question suggestions.

Email Services

Campaign Monitor

campaignmonitor.com

Email newsletter service. Useful for gathering contacts.

MailChimp

mailchimp.com

Email newsletter service. Useful for gathering contacts.

Payment Gateways

Stripe

stripe.com/gb

Payment API. Good for simple integrations but not the cheapest.

Authorize.net

authorize.net

Payment gateway. Pretty standard in the market.

Paypal

paypal.com

Payment gateway. Probably the fastest to set up as you can skip a merchant account.

Chargify

chargify.com

Good for recurring payments. Not the cheapest, but simple if you don’t want to code monthly transactions.

Braintree

braintreepayments.com

Payment gateway. Pushes its simplicity.