The Best Lean Startup Tools (List)

The Best Lean Startup ToolsThere are so many tools available today for the lean startup, solopreneur or small business. That’s part of the problem. Too many tools! In order to surface the best tools, we need to use the wisdom of the crowd.

This is the best overall list of tools that I’ve found with 199 items (as of this posting) and with 746 people contributing tool ideas or adding votes. It was started by Shyan Subramanyan using another great tool (Listly).

You’re welcome to add to the list or to up or down-vote any items that you’re familiar with. Let me know in the comments what you think of it and which tool you’ll be trying (I’m personally giving Trello a try)!

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Tools and services for a lean startup

Tools and services for a lean startup

What's your favorite Lean Startup vendor, tool, or service? What makes it possible for you to accelerate every day?

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    171 Voting...
    Dropbox | @Dropbox

    Dropbox | @Dropbox

    Dropbox is the easiest way to store, sync, and, share files online.

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    134 Voting...
    Google Apps

    Google Apps

    Email, Chat, Docs for the startup

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    94 Voting...
    GitHub

    GitHub

    Git is an extremely fast, efficient, distributed version control system ideal for the collaborative development of software.

    GitHub is the best way to collaborate with others. Fork, send pull requests and manage all your public and private git repositories.

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    149 Voting...
    Skype

    Skype

    Global, Multiplatform, and free voice and video communication tool.

  5. 5
    65 Voting...
    Evernote | @Evernote

    Evernote | @Evernote

    Great tool for capturing and sharing thoughts.

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    65 Voting...
    Kanbanery

    Kanbanery

    Simple to use, powerful online team or personal kanban board with real-time updates.

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    44 Voting...
    web2py

    web2py

    web framework developed with Python language
    Easy learning, fast prototyping, safe development!
    Get things Done!

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    57 Voting...
    AgileZen

    AgileZen

    AgileZen is a simple and flexible application that draws on ideas from lean manufacturing to provide a new way of thinking about project management. Rather than organizing tasks into a bunch of lists and trying to slice and dice your way through it, AgileZen lets you see and interact with your work visually.

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    55 Voting...
    MailChimp

    MailChimp

    Easy integration built in, intuitive Email Service Provider, initially free.

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    38 Voting...
    LucidChart

    LucidChart

    Free Cloud-based drawing tool that replaces Visio and much easier to use!

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    37 Voting...
    Heroku

    Heroku

    Rails deployment made easy.

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    90 Voting...
    Wordpress

    Wordpress

    The king of all blogging platforms...it doubles up as startup website.

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    29 Voting...
    Doodle

    Doodle

    Doodle helps scheduling meetings and other appointments.

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    29 Voting...
    Invoicera

    Invoicera

    Invoicera is an online invoicing and time tracking software designed specifically to make invoicing a straightforward and uncomplicated process.

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    33 Voting...
    JSFiddle

    JSFiddle

    jsFiddle provides an online environment where you can preselect/add popular JavaScript frameworks and test your code.

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    55 Voting...
    Balsamiq Mockups

    Balsamiq Mockups

    Create software mockups in minutes

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    41 Voting...
    Amazon Web Services

    Amazon Web Services

    Amazon's cloud solution

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    34 Voting...
    Pivotal Tracker

    Pivotal Tracker

    Agile project management tool that enables real time collaboration.

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    26 Voting...
    Wufoo

    Wufoo

    Wufoo's HTML form builder helps you create contact forms, online surveys, and event registrations.

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    19 Voting...
    VirtualBox

    VirtualBox

    VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use.

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    19 Voting...
    WalkMe | Walk The Web Step By Step

    WalkMe | Walk The Web Step By Step

    WalkMe is an advanced platform designed to take your users by the hand and walk them through, step-by step, a series of balloon hints attached to different elements on the web page. This guidance tool does not require any technical skills or modifications to the underlying software.

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    27 Voting...
    Hootsuite

    Hootsuite

    Twitter Management.

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    24 Voting...
    Trello

    Trello

    Trello is probably the simplest thing in the world: it’s a web page where you make a bunch of lists. Each list contains cards. Each card is a thing that someone might want to work on.
    It’s just a list of lists, really. But the simplicity is deceptive: it turns out to be a super-powerful way to organize teams, projects, and, in fact, anything that needs a little organization.

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    22 Voting...
    Scalr

    Scalr

    Tool to manage scaling servers in Amazon's cloud.

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    19 Voting...
    BitBucket

    BitBucket

    Code hosting for Mercurial

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  1. Thats pretty good list – I would vote for WordPress! :D
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  2. I didn’t see SurveyMonkey on this list. Great tool for market research and business analysis.