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⚙️ Tool of the week
This looks fantastic for remote teams to collaborate, do free-form organizational things like “stickies on the wall”, and just in general become more effective working together. Free for up to 3 team members.
🛠 Tools discovered recently
This looks neat, it lets you upload data and visualize in a ton of ways, and can be fully customized using the R programming language. Free for public use, paid for team collaboration and private dashboards.
Kisi is an easy to use cloud based software to manage access to your doors. For physical access use your smartphone’s mobile app or secure badges to unlock and open doors. This looks super cool if you’re running a physical office and are fed up with managing a ton of NFC cards or relying on legacy access technology that needs expensive security companies to maintain and configure.
Sitebot learns how your website works by analyzing users’ clicks and then automatically tests that your site keeps working. Free trial, then starts at $15/month.
Kind of like your own instance of Quora to use instead of customer forums, knowledge base, etc. Plugs into your marketing platforms and looks a lot cooler than your typical knowledge base. Free trial, then $99/month.
If you’re doing any live streaming on Facebook, YouTube or Periscope Live, this app looks so much easier and more powerful than OBB. Free trial, then a one-time $79 purchase.
Creates beautiful-looking images of your source code, e.g. for embedding in blog posts. Free.
🤓 Articles of the week
This huge guide teaches you how to build your email list through non-sleazy means, with a focus on building a list that’s loyal and well-defined rather than just a bunch of random folks you managed to get onboard but never open your emails. Highly recommended.
I found this to be a very good read. Not all startups will fit this mold, of course, but it’ll still be a good exercise to think about which phase you’re in (if any) and whether it’s time to move to the next phase.
Good advice for your onboarding sequence, your transactional emails, marketing-event-driven emails, and more.
Everything is always important and most things are urgent, right? Wrong! This collection of best practices for actually prioritizing is a good read.
Need more to read? Check this list. Almost anything in the top 20 is bound to be worth reading, and I see a few there that I might need to load up on my Kindle 🤓
😢 That’s it for this issue
My team and I are building a new feature in CrankWheel that we’ll announce in the next couple of months. It’s a pretty valuable feature (I hope) that we could only build because we have expertise in two very separate areas, each of which is fairly common but the combination of which in one team is uncommon. This is probably a good recipe in general for building valuable stuff — use an uncommon combination of common expertise. What’s your combo?