⚙️ Tool of the week
I’ve been using Superhuman for a couple of months now and can honestly say I love it.
I’ve been a Gmail power-user since just a few weeks after it was launched in 2004, and as much as I love Gmail, Superhuman is a better front-end for the Gmail back-end service.
Superhuman is a lot faster than Gmail. It has well thought-out defaults that make you more likely to get to inbox zero, and it has built in templates, send later, reminders, read reports and more. The mobile app works very well, and has a great feature to let you reach inbox zero from your mobile: Remind me when I’m back at my desktop (which is the only aceptable action, I find, for a bunch of emails).
They have a waiting list of something like 70K folks, but I can refer some number of you, probably at least 10–15, and get you near the front of the waiting list. Email me back if you are a power-user of Gmail and want something better, and are willing to pay $30/month for it. I’ll try to refer anyone who asks, but if I get so many requests that I’m not sure they’ll take all the referrals, then I’ll go by order of how long you’ve been a subscriber.
🛠 Tools discovered recently
This free image resizer from Promo resizes your photos and images for every single social media format I can think of, plus a bunch of ad formats.
Lyra Analytics is a web analytics solution with AI-powered recommendations. If you want an alternative to Google Analytics, this might be it. Free for up to 10,000 page views.
This solution lets you add a social media “wall” of user-generated content to your site. Starts at $50/month after a 60-day trial.
Interesting idea for teams. This Chrome extension lets you share company announcements, set local team timezones, quick links to resources and weekly check-ins right in everybody’s new tab page in Chrome.
These folks say they track every topic across the internet to identify growing trends. Free for curiosity use (they’ll send you some predictions regularly), starts at $29/month after that.
All in one site: web analytics, blog content, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, publication planner, real-time and more. Free for a single profile.
🤓 Articles of the week
This is a pretty epic piece on how to bootstrap a startup, by my friend Abdo Riani. If you’re in bootstrapping mode, this has lots of good advice as well as encouragement.
In the spirit of not stressing out too much over the holidays, read this and think about whether you really need to be quite so productive every single minute of the day.
📚 More stuff to read
Need some ideas for how to get growth off the ground in the early days? There is an absolute ton of ideas here.
The most comprehensive public database of Y Combinator companies and everything you need to know about them, for all YC batches from 2005 to 2018. Interesting to see how ideas and industries trend over time, or if you’re trying to get into YC, see what has been “hot” recently.
😢 That’s it for this issue
I’m off to buy some presents! Take care and don’t stress too much 😰🤗