There 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
What's your favorite Lean Startup vendor, tool, or service? What makes it possible for you to accelerate every day?
Dropbox is the easiest way to store, sync, and, share files online.
Email, Chat, Docs for the startup
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.
Global, Multiplatform, and free voice and video communication tool.
Great tool for capturing and sharing thoughts.
Simple to use, powerful online team or personal kanban board with real-time updates.
web framework developed with Python language
Easy learning, fast prototyping, safe development!
Get things Done!
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.
Easy integration built in, intuitive Email Service Provider, initially free.
Free Cloud-based drawing tool that replaces Visio and much easier to use!
Rails deployment made easy.
The king of all blogging platforms...it doubles up as startup website.
Doodle helps scheduling meetings and other appointments.
Invoicera is an online invoicing and time tracking software designed specifically to make invoicing a straightforward and uncomplicated process.
Create software mockups in minutes
Amazon's cloud solution
Agile project management tool that enables real time collaboration.
Wufoo's HTML form builder helps you create contact forms, online surveys, and event registrations.
VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use.
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.
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.
Tool to manage scaling servers in Amazon's cloud.
Code hosting for Mercurial
Which tool will you be trying?