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Useful services for founders

A short list of helpful services and tools for founders. Please respond in comments if I am missing something that should be added to this list. Feel free to share if this is helpful.

Name and general setup

Instant Domain Search and Panabee are both great tools to help you as you decide on a domain name personal tip: avoid hyphens, words that are difficult to spell or pronounce. Ideally you want a name that is easy for transmission via word-of-mouth, easy to type in on a mobile phone, and easy to remember.

Use Namecheap to purchase your domain. For hosted mail, you can easily sign up for Google Apps for $5/user/mo, which gives you shared storage space via Google Drive, Gmail accounts, and shared calendars.

Use Google Voice (free) to set up a business phone number—you can set the number to forward to all of your phones and send voicemail transcripts to email. For a more full featured service, use Grasshopper (25-50/mo), which has advanced call routing, extensions, and more.

Hellofax for a fax number and faxing through the web.

Web host

Amazon AWS
Rackspace
Linode
Use Bitnami to easily deploy open source software onto your AWS instance.

Payments

Stripe
Balanced Payments
Braintree

Ecommerce

Shopify (hosted e-commerce)
Woo Commerce (wordpress e-commerce plugin)
Magento
Cratejoy (subscription e-commerce)

Design

Dribbble
Behance
99Designs
ThemeForest

Mockups

Pop
FluidUI
InvisionApp
Paper

Testing and analytics

Mixpanel (retention)
Crazyegg (heat maps)
Optimizely (A/B testing)
Google Analytics (ad ROI, campaign tracking)
Heap Analytics (mobile)

Customer support

Olark (live chat)
Uservoice

Email newsletters

Mailchimp
Constant Contact

Shipping

EasyPost

Conference calling

Uber Conference

Accounting

Xero
Indinero

Payroll and benefits

Zenefits

Productivity/Team

Meldium - share logins across your team
Hipchat
Slack

Employee happiness

Anyperk

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