StartupResources.io — Issue #131
Oh Friday! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways:
- Writing this newsletter
- Hmm… more pizza?
Tool of the week
Vivaldi 2.0 | The browser for power users — vivaldi.com
I’ve posted Vivaldi before, but they just released a major update, version 2, and it’s more powerful than ever. That, and the recent gaffes around Google Chrome may make you want to consider an alternative. It’s built on the same rendering engine as Chrome, so it’s just as compatible and performant, but with tons of power user features and tweaks. Plus, I know a bunch of the folks building it, and it’s a great team.
Tools discovered recently
Screaming Frog | SEO spider tool and crawler — www.screamingfrog.co.uk
This is a downloadable tool you run from your computer, that allows you to crawl websites’ URLs like a search engine, identify common errors and issues, and perform a website SEO audit. Free version for up to 500 page sites.
Reactivepad | A new take on documents
It’s like cloud-based Excel within a word processor. Pretty neat, and free for now at least.
Screely | Generate beautiful mockups — www.screely.com
Instantly turn your screenshot into a beautiful design mockup. Free for now (while in beta).
Tettra | Knowledge base system — tettra.co
Tettra is a simple, integrated company wiki that also allows public-facing knowledge bases. Free for any number of public pages, and up to 20 internal ones.
Portent Content Idea Generator — www.portent.com
Another slightly silly content idea generator, this one comes up with some creative and interesting titles for your content.
Calconic | Calculator widgets for your website
Want to add an ROI calculator to your site? That kind of thing is what this tool is for. Free version for up to 5 active calculators.
Podcast of the week
a16z Podcast: When Organic Growth Goes Enterprise — andrewchen.co
Companies are adopting software in a completely different way in recent years, sometimes called “land and expand”. Dropbox was one of the first examples of this, and Slack is another. I’m particularly interested in this myself, as it’s the model we follow for CrankWheel, and this podcast was really insightful.
Articles for this week
The Definitive Guide To Paid Promoted Content: Facebook Edition — www.ampmycontent.com
An interesting and extensive guide to promoting your content using ads on Facebook. Not a strategy I would put a ton of money behind until you’ve proven it for your own business, but can be worth testing if you have some good content and decent conversions into your funnel from that content.
209 Actionable Growth Strategies for Your Business (…and Counting!) — blog.ladder.io
If you’re in a rut or evaluating the next phases of your growth plans, this huge guide with 209 different strategies for traffic, conversion and retention might help.
Why S-Curves Are Probably the Most Important Concept in Entrepreneurship — medium.com
Some thoughts on how nothing seems to be going right, until suddenly things start moving fast, until suddenly they almost grind to a halt again. S-curves are something to both be encouraged by and to be aware of, depending on which stage you’re at.
How Triplebyte solved its office Wi-Fi problems — triplebyte.com
I’ll admit, not a typical piece of content for this newsletter, but since I had to set up Wi-Fi for a decent-sized office about a year ago, and this guide would have been incredibly useful at the time, I figured I’d share it in case it’s useful for you.
Too Many Startups Like Playing Startup — www.groovehq.com
7 signs that you’re focused on stuff that doesn’t matter, and how to snap out of it.
That’s it for this issue
It’s October already, only a bit over two months until the holiday rush starts for many of us. What are you planning until then? Hopefully some of the resources above can help with those plans.
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