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Articles for this week
This is dubbed “The Complete List” and it looks like it’s pretty close. You can filter by the type of tool you need, the type of payment lans they have, and whether they are on the reviewers’ favorites list. 188 tools in total.
This is a thinking piece on productivity, that I really enjoyed. There is some specific advice in it that is good, but the best bits are the ones that make you think a little deeper about how you yourself can be more productive. His number one piece of advice? Make sure you’re working towards the right things.
On the subject of productivity, one of the best ways to advance faster towards your own goals is to say no to more outside demands, and that’s what this article is about. I used to have a great list of 50 ways to say no to things taped to the wall by my desk, and it was actually tremendously helpful. I can’t find that same list right now, but here’s a good alternative: 99 ways to say no.
Here’s a very comprehensive guide to pitching your startup from the folks at Stripe Atlas.
I love being frugal with startup spending. Here’s an article on tons of tools you can use completely for free to build and operate your startup.
Tool of the week
This to me is pretty clearly the most significant new product since the last newsletter. Stripe’s take on recurring business models looks really powerful, they can take care of invoicing in the same type of really smart, customer-friendly way they were already doing online payments, you can do wire payments and ACH and still have Stripe notice the payment (it sets up virtual bank accounts for receiving), you can do all types of billing models, etc. and the pricing is great — free for the first million dollars, then 0.4% on top of their payment processing fee. They still don’t do quite everything that a provider like Chargebee or Chargify does, but they’re getting pretty close.
Tools discovered recently
Helpdesk software, with very nice pricing — free for one agent and mailbox, only $9/month for 5 agents and 2 mailboxes. Free trial of paid versions.
“Slides that design themselves” is their tagline, and it certainly looks like a really interesting tool. Free for now.
Lets you capture a screen shot of how a web page renders in multiple locations worldwide, to test if your geotargeting capabilities are working correctly. 100 captures free.
This is sort of like Twilio but focused around voice and video conferencing. They also provide an alternative per-concurrent-user billing model that can be a lot more suitable for certain apps than the per-minute model that they (and Twilio) also offer.
Lots of really nice high resolution photos, free for personal and commercial use, no attribution needed.
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That’s it for this issue
I’m sure you’ve given lots of people presents. You’ve probably experienced how tempting it can be to give something that you yourself would like (especially as a kid, when you’re giving your younger sibling a toy…) but to give a good gift, you need to figure out what will really thrill the person receiving it.
We need to think about what our users want and need, the same way we figure out what present to give someone. We should build what will thrill our users, rather than build what we’re itching to build — but ideally, they will be the same thing.
Until next week!