StartupResources.io — Issue #129
Hey, is that you again, reading these words? I guess that means it’s Friday again. Wow, that week went by fast!
Let’s dig into this week’s batch of tools and resources.
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Tool of the week
This is pretty neat. Redash can connect to tons of different types of data sources, e.g. MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB and many others. It then lets you query, visualize and share your data dashboards. Looks great for internal product dashboards, usage metrics, etc. Free one-month trial, then starts at $49/month.
Tools discovered recently
This is kind of neat for our day and age. A simple analytics solution that doesn’t track your users and thus doesn’t require any opt-ins or such. $9/month after a 7-day trial.
Lets you find fonts by filling in the blanks: “I want a font more _____ than _____.” Generates some interesting results.
Need to get creative with some fonts? FontForge is completely free and open-source.
Comes up with unique article topics, when you need a bit of help, that are based on keyword and competitor research. $5 per suggestion.
Running a Telegram channel or group? You might want to take a look at this.
Resources discovered recently
This can be useful for lead generation, competitive analysis, recruiting, etc.
Please don’t go spamming, but to find a good community for discussions and feedback, this is great. 2000 communities in the following categories: IT, Product, Marketing, Hardware, Finance, Local, Miscellaneous.
Articles for this week
This is one of my favorite tips that I’ve read recently, and something I started practicing immediately, as I tend to get quite a lot more requests for picking my brain over coffee than I can comfortably handle.
It’s a slide deck, not an article, but interesting nonetheless. Product-led growth is a term that I just heard, that describes how many companies today are thinking about growth (including CrankWheel): Make a useful product, let folks use it for free, and only try to convert them to paying customers once they’re using it quite a lot.
On the personal development front comes an interesting article that lays out the formula for how to teach yourself difficult skills of the type that you can practice deliberately. In the startup space, these skills encompass writing, programming, public speaking, etc.
It’s an in-depth guide starting from the basics on, you guessed it, keyword research.
Most of these are also applicable to other industries than B2B SaaS. If you need some ideas for how to grow your business, run through the list and see if you don’t find at least a couple that could work.
That’s it for this issue
Thought experiment for you: If you had to pick just one task/bit of a project to work on for all of next week, and you could just pause all the other noise while you did it, what would it be?
Second thought experiment for you: What would happen if you just committed to working on that one task for a significant chunk of next week, and mostly paused all the other noise while you did so? Turn off notifications, check email just a couple times a day, etc.? I bet you things wouldn’t fall apart, and you’d make significant progress.
If you try this, let me know how it goes 🤓
P.S. Make sure to check out our wonderful sponsor, CrankWheel. I really had to twist their founder’s arm to get the sponsorship, which was tough because twisting your own arm is harder than it sounds.