StartupResources.io — Issue #94
Another Friday! Another issue! Same old Jói.
I hope you’ve had a productive week. May your next one be even more productive thanks to Franz and the other tools in this issue!
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Articles for this week
Four interesting findings on bootstrapping from research that you may not know about. I’ve known the author, Abdo Riani, for a while, and as an entrepreneur and research scholar, he has studied and tested many conventional and unconventional bootstrapping strategies. If you’re looking for further resources on bootstrapping, he has put together a bootstrapping package.
This is a very interesting read. The whole thing is hypothetical, but very plausible. TL;DR: To keep your users safe, you may want to think about collecting passwords, credit card numbers and similarly sensitive information using a page without any 3rd party code.
How well do you know your customer? This was a popular piece on the CrankWheel blog last week, it covers how to better understand your customers using buyer personas.
This looks like an eBook that requires registration, but all the content is actually available in 5 articles linked from this post. Pretty good resource if you’re starting out marketing a new product.
Tool of the week
Franz was mentioned a long time ago in this newsletter, but now that I’ve been using it for the last few weeks I just have to feature it again. I used to run 2–3 different messaging apps most of the time on my Mac, as well as keeping various browser tabs open for messaging, and now I just run Franz. It works very well and has a free version.
Tools I actually used recently
This is a standby website for me, easier than using my Mac’s built-in symbols thing. Just type copychar.cc into your browser and get a nice big grid of special characters to copy.
Tools discovered recently
This seems like it might be useful for folks in the US or needing to send hardcopy documents to the US: You can send PDFs of contracts, applications, bills, invoices, or anything anywhere in the United States, using USPS Priority Mail. The service prints and mails your documents for you.
This is like a simpler-to-use (but somewhat less powerful) version of Web Scraper, which I use regularly. It’s a Chrome extension that lets you scrape data off websites, either while logged into the website or on a regular basis.
Turbo is another no-code web app development platform, that also incorporates various pluggable components and a developer community for when you need a bit of custom stuff. Free for one production site.
Here’s a specialized website builder for photographers, artists, designers etc. Starts at $60/year or $6/month, free trial.
That’s it for this issue
I hope you found something in this issue that brings value to you. Can you think of any favorite tools or resources you first discovered here?
If you discover new tools that you’re finding useful, please email them to me (just hit reply) or join our Slack community and share them on the #resources channel there.
Have a great weekend!