Nick Holzherr

Business founder, product manager & technology expert

Tools for your startups

Finding the right tools to run your company can be time consuming. I’ve experimented with hundreds. The below list is the selection I use daily. They are all tried and tested. They work for me – I can’t guarantee they fit everyone’s way of working.

Podio

  • Podio is a task management software which can be adapted to fit almost any workflow. Although it’s simple, it so flexible, we use it for almost every single workflow in the company. I’ve tried loads of software and this is the best I’ve found so far
  • Podio Project Management

DropBox

Gmail for Business 

  • I’ve always used Gmail for Business to run all email services. Always works and all team members already know the interface (most of the time). Google Docs and Google Calendar that comes with it are also very useful and used hourly within my company
  • Sign-up to Google here

Join.me

  • Join.me is a great free screen-sharing tool. It’s great for explaining things remotely – whether internally to your team or whether to a client. It saves us hours of time travelling to each client / business partner.
  • Join.me

Recommended Reading

I often get asked what my most recommended books are. If you already run a startup or are thinking of doing so, here is my list of recommended books. If you know of an excellent one that I missed, please do let me know on the contact page – or via Twitter!

The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses

  • Great book covering the basics of “lean” – implemented by most successful technology entrepreneurs.
  • Amazon link

The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development: A cheat sheet to The Four Steps to the Epiphany

  • A modern take on Steve Blank’s original – easier to read and comes on Kindle. Definitely required reading for any entrepreneur.
  • Amazon Link

Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality [Paperback]

  • A great book on how to stop procrastinating and start doing. Scott Belsky includes loads of research and presents some excellent concepts – like his “idea curve”. Relevant for anyone who has ideas but hasnt started doing yet – or has but want’s to “do” better.
  • Amazon Link

Currently reading: Web Analytics 2.0: The Art of Online Accountability and Science of Customer Centricity [Paperback]

  • Running a business by metrics is vital in my opinion. This is a book I’ve been recommended – I’m currently reading this
  • Amazon Link

Here is a list of resources I’m collecting, mostly for myself, as I research different parts of how to make my business more effective:

Business Culture

NetFlix Corporate Culture
http://www.slideshare.net/reed2001/culture-1798664

20 Ways Zappos Reinforces Its Company Culture
http://humanresources.about.com/od/organizationalculture/a/how-zappos-reinforces-its-company-culture.htm

 

VC Cafe list of useful tools / resources for startups
http://www.vccafe.com/startup-resources/