We've curated a collection of resources to help you get started.


First time in the valley

Resources on Navigating silicon valley


Moving to the valley

Programs, offices, courses and long term reasons to get you in the valley


 

resources in Canada

A ton of great resources from home


 

tools

Everything from funding to Productivity

 

Talking to Customers

  • Intercom--tasteful chat and help widgets for your site, plus good automated email triggers
  • Drip--email courses and signup widgets for your site
  • Mailchimp--newsletters and decent signup widgets
  • Buffer--easier way to run your twitter and facebook accounts

Crowdfunding

  • Kickstarter--crowd-fund via pre-selling your products
  • Indiegogo--crowd-fund via donations with a focus on arts and creative projects, including some which aren't allowed on KickStarter

Investors

  • f6s--listing of all accelerator programs (and lots of other info) and a social network for startups and angels
  • AngelList--social network and funding platform for startups and angels
  • Capitallist--like Angellist, but focused on London and the UK
  • The Funded--reviews and testimonials of investors from the founders' perspective; do your investor due diligence here

News

Learning

Legals

  • Docracy--open source legal documents

  • Cooley LLP - Reputable firm where "innovation meets law"

Phones

  • TextIt--create SMS applications without programming (e.g. for the developing world)
  • Twilio--makes phone calls and SMS as easy to program as websites

People

  • Fiverr--pay $5 (or a bit more) for tasks ranging from logo design to copywriting
  • 99designs--crowdsource design tasks (especially logos) for a few hundred dollars
  • elance--various freelancers (assume you'll hire several for trial projects before finding good ones)
  • Clarity.fm--pay-by-the-minute advice from various startup specialists
  • Dribbble--browse designer portfolios, many of whom also freelance

Art

Building Websites

  • Squarespace--visual site builder with good themes and integrations with stores, payments, newsletters, etc
  • Strikingly--easy site builder for nice single-page sites like manifestos, personal/company pages, or landing pages
  • Shopify--for ecommerce and online stores
  • Themeforest--if you need something custom, start by buying a $30 theme and editing it

Physical Products and Print-on-Demand

  • Createspace--upload a PDF, sell a printed book via Amazon
  • Newspaper Club--ever wanted your own newspaper?
  • The Game Crafter--prototype and sell your board and card games
  • Shapeways--high quality 3d printing in a wide range of materials including gold and silver (for jewelry) and ceramics (for household goods); great for prototyping and market-testing physical products
  • Alibaba--cut out the middle man and buy anything you want directly from the manufacturer; if you've ever wanted a 40' shipping container full of go karts, this is the place for you

Analytics

  • Google Analytics--free and good enough for all your analytics needs
  • Google Keyword Planner--see how many people are searching relevant terms
  • Facebook Ads--use the targeting options to compare the approximate size and location of various interests and demographics

Payments

  • Square (US) or iZettle (elsewhere)--accept credit card payments with your phone, e.g. for market stalls and contractors
  • Stripe--best payment processing online
  • GoCardless (UK)--accept direct debit payments
  • Gumroad--easily sell digital files like PDFs, videos, and links

Domains

Team collaboration

  • Slack--chat and messaging to reduce internal email load, with one room per major project
  • Github--repository for your source code plus task lists and collaboration with your developers
  • Dropbox--all company files should be here, not on email attachments or personal folders
  • Streak--simple CRM plugin for Gmail to manage and share your sales leads
  • Trello--digital kanban board for project management
  • Basecamp--I use it for project management with external teams who don't know our Trello workflow
  • Stormboard--digital sticky notes for remote brainstorming and workshops
  • Meldium--team password sharing and management


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