A list of awesome free startup tools

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Startup Tools Awesome

A list of free startup deals, trials and tools


  1. Design
  2. Hosting
  3. Themes
  4. Podcasts
  5. Learning
  6. Business
  7. Marketing
  8. Development
  9. Speaking Events
  10. Co-Working Spaces


🖲️ Design:

Tiff: Visual typeface comparing two fonts
DBF: Freebies from Dribbble and Behance
Pixlr: Online photo editor that also has PSD capability
Prezi: A simple virtual presentation tool
GIMP: Open source and free graphics editor
Pablo: Design engaging social media graphics
Mixkit: Free stock video assets and templates
Skitch: Digital annotation and diagram app for the Mac
Visme: Cloud based tool for engaging infographic design
Canva: Simple, drag and drop online graphics design tool
Pexels: Creator-powered stock image and video library
Adobe: Free trials of premium Adobe products
DaFont: Download and install different submitted fonts
Screely: Browser mockup generator for screenshots
Freepik: Free graphics including vectors and PSDs
Blender: A free open-source 3D graphic design engine
Zenpen: A free web-based minimalist writing notepad
Pixeden: Collection of some free design resources
Pixabay: Another collection of submitted stock images
LunaPic: A simple and free online photo editor
Dribbble: Directory for artists to showcase their work
KeyShot: 3D rendering and visualization software (trial)
Logaster: Simplistic brand kit maker and generator
Pencil2D: Tool for making 2D “hand-drawn” animations
Behance: Showcase your project portfolios and designs
BeFunky: Easy and simplistic social media photo editor
Infogram: Premium infographic and chart maker
LogoHub: Simple font-based Logo generation tool
PowToon: Visual cloud-based animation tool and generator
Animaker: Simple drag/drop animation and video tool
UnSplash: A large directory for freely reusable images
Iconscout: A directory for premium icons to download
Tinkercad: Drag/drop 3D modeling software for beginners
Sketchfab: Upload/Embed your 3D models and create a portfolio
Freebbble: Directory of free design resources from Dribbble
Press Kite: Create a press kit for your startup in minutes
Lightworks: Professional video editing and creation tool
StockSnap: Copyright-restriction-free stock photo directory
Removebg: Background removal generator (drag/drop)
ThemeGrill: List of 60+ premium looking WordPress Themes
Power-user: Powerpoint, Word & Excel analytic productivity tool
Magdeleine: High quality stock photography directory
OBS Studio: Free and open source recording/streaming software
MindMeister: Online and premium mind map design tool
Google Docs: Document editor/word processor by Google
Font Squirrel: Directory of fonts and quality font identifier
Google Sites: Simple drag/drop website creator by Google
Noun Project: A free icon and stock photos directory
Edward Tufte: Visual display and innovative design forum
WordCounter: Simple online word, lines and paragraph counter
Google Fonts: An OFL font browser and searcher by Google
Jekyll Themes: Themes w/ jeykll that you can host on GitHub pages
Logo Generator: Simple and easy logo generator by Squarespace
Signature Maker: “Hand-drawn” digital signature maker/generator
1001 Free Fonts: A simple, categorized digital fonts directory
Onlineconvertfree: A simple and easy to use file converter
DaVinci Resolve 16: Professional video effects editor w/ audio post
Awesome Screenshot: Screensharing extension w/ video + screenshot
Spin3D Mesh Converter: File converter for different formats of 3D files

🗔 Hosting:

Heroku: An app hosting and deployment platform
Listmonk: A self-hosted newsletter application
DNSimple: Deal to get a free year of hosted DNS
StackPath: StackPath’s edge delivery startup program
Rackspace: Rackspace’s cloud hosting startup program
Oracle for Startups: Oracle’s program for startups including discounts
OVH Digital LaunchPad: The OVH startup program for cloud hosting servers
Cloudways Startup Program: Cloudways startup program for Cloudways services

🔗 Themes:

Charity: A free charity template for Blogger
Identity: A free SEO agency Blogger template
nicepage: Over 6500+ free Wordpress themes
aThemes: 45+ free WP themes - 2021 Edition
Spearhead: A minimalist podcasts theme for Wordpress

🎧 Podcasts:

SaaStr: A series of business and startup podcasts on SaaStr
Akimbo: Akimbo is a captivating podcast by Seth Godin
StartUP: A talk show that is about starting a business
The Pitch: Listen to entrepreneurs actually pitch to investors
Joma Tech: Joma’s interview series w/ devs or tech entrepreneurs
Indie Hackers: Podcasts network by the Indie Hackers website Product management and growth related podcast
Product People: A podcast on the people behind great products
Humbled Trader: A series centered around somebody’s daytrading journey
Masters of Scale: Some entrepreneurs and successful founders discuss scale
Mentor Webinars: Electric embedding, design and manufacturing webinars
Ask Mr.Wonderful: Kevin O’Leary dropping what he considers hard truths
Tradingview Shows: Different shows related to finance, investing and trading
Dorm Room Tycoon: Interviews with a series of different startup founders
The Hacker Noon Podcast: Curated tech podcast by Hackernoon’s editorial team
The Graham Stephan Show: Reacting to people’s spending and financial literacy
How I Built This with Guy Raz: Stories about/behind some well known companies
The GaryVee Audio Experience: A marketing & business podcast w/ Gary Vaynerchuck

📖 Learning:

Tuts+: Free online courses available on Envato
Code: Gamified and free easy coding activities
Packt: Premium books and videos for developers
Lynda: Educational courses taught by Linkedin users
Alison: Free e-learning w/ paid option of certification
Udemy: Online courses that are taught by individuals
Guru99: Categorized library of free software tutorials
Udacity: A Udacity free course on building a startup
Scrimba: Basic web development and CSS tutorials
Duolingo: Learn a language for free w/ gamified lessons
Leanpub: Simple self publishing and fundraising platform
Pathmind: A wiki on artificial intelligence concepts
OneHack: Forums guided on a variety of topics
Big Think: Curated videos and talks on big topics
Slidenerd: Coding tutorials and lessons on YouTube
HarvardX: Free MOOC courses from Harvard via EDx
EdPresso: Concise and short dev articles or tutorials
Skillshare: Find tutorials that are taught by real people
Academia: Share your research papers and preprints online
Ajay Tech: Machine learning and development courses series
DataCamp: Learn to grow your data skills online
Trevor Fox: Blog based off of data and analytics tools By EdX, regarding massive open online courses
W3Schools: Basic programming exercises including HTML
OpenLearn: Free online courses by the Open University
GCFGlobal: Learn different soft skills online for free
FutureLearn: Curated collection of free online courses
CreativeLive: Free live and on-air tutorial events
Instructables: Free DIY and tutorial classes via Instructables
Codecademy: Gamified learn to code courses and tutorials
TeacherTube: Educational videos and content directory
Learn Python: Interactive Python development tutorials series
Tutorialspoint: Technical courses and development tutorials
ResearchGate: Open research repository for your papers
AsapSCIENCE: Quick entertaining science videos
Edge Academy: Different edge computing tutorials
Khan Academy: Learn programming via Khan Academy
TheNewBoston: Simple programming tutorials on YouTube
Hillsdale Online: Free online “courses” or MOOCs by Hillsdale
FreeCodeCamp: Free coding courses w/ certification option
Project Gutenberg: Cataloged library of free eBooks
Facebook Blueprint: Online training for FB ads and marketing
GitHub Learning Lab: Different mini learning labs on GitHub
Scientific Animations: Animations for different scientific concepts
Google Digital Garage: Digital marketing courses from Google
Peter Thiel Class Notes: Startup notes/essay for Peter Thiel
Open Source University: Open source paths to self education
Programming with Mosh: Quick beginner dev tutorials on YouTube
GrandCircus Intro Workshops: Intro coding classes and workshops

💼 Business:

a5: Productive notes tool on your browser
Due: Payments processing and invoicing application
Join: Online meetings and conferencing tool
Kiss: Simple equity financing legal documents
Miro: Canvas template for the Lean Startup Method
Gust: Simple startup networking directory
Wave: Financial software for small businesses
nTask: Task management for teams and individuals
Skype: Chat and video communications tool
Pidgin: Chat through multiple accounts ad-free
Shake: Create, sign, and send legal documents
Parolu: Access to a premium project management software
Hunter: Premium mail address indexing tool
Javelin: Lean startup development and management software
Doodle: Online meeting tool for scheduling
Webex: Video conferencing tool (Previously Cisco Spark?)
ClickUp: Color-coded todo board and management software
Lifesize: Meeting room video conferencing system Brainstorming and planning project boards
Docracy: Open legal documents repository/directory
Dropbox: Online digital storage for documents
Invoicely: Online invoicing system for small businesses
Evernote: Well designed and simple note taking tool
HubSpot: Startup-friendly growth platform for marketing
Slimvoice: Lightweight and simple invoicing app Send company and freelance invoices
Wunderlist: Task management application on the cloud
Canvanizer: Lean startup business model canvas
Foundersuite: Fundraising and venture capital CRM/Database
Lean Canvas: 1 Page business models, lean startup canvas
Neos Chronos: Lean startup canvas template in Word
StartupResources: Weekly curated email and list of startup tools
F6S Pipeline CRM: Dealflow CRM for startups and VC firms

📢 Marketing:

Kit: Create a kit “Share products” for creators
Bitly: Simplistic URL shortener w/ analytics
Moz: Different SEO tools and link explorers Content monetization system for digital content
Zest: Keyboard shortcut for cloudbased applications
VWO: Experiment w/ conversions and A/B testing
E-goi: 1 Year of free email marketing automation
Slack: Messaging app for project teams and boards
Trello: Organized project and tasks boards
Sumo: A free email capturing tool for marketers
Buffer:Social media management and engagement tool
Sniply: A simple call to action URL shortener
Vimeo: Premium video management tools for HQ videos
AYTM: Make online market research surveys
Signal: Private and secure messaging application
Asana: Manage teamwork, projects, and tasks online
Locals: Create “local” communities for yourself/projects
HeroX: Create a crowdsourced challenge for your business
Feedly: Create a custom information feed and share insights
Callrail: Keep track of different call lead analytics
Ranker: Top lists, rankings, and entertainment data
Chartio: An analytical tool on the cloud for exploring data
Portent: Content idea generator for SEO titles
BL.INK: A URL shortener for enterprises, smart shortener
GoViral: A tool that lets you build referral campaigns
Statista: A portal of infographics for various stats
Shopify: Build a premium e-commerce store w/ this CMS
Aweber: Simple email marketing and automation software
Matomo: Privacy preserving Google Analytics alternative Simple and easy content analytics for your brand
BetaList: Get beta subscribers for your early brand
Wordoid: Catchy word and unique name generator
BitChute: A popular free speech YouTube alternative
Embedly: Embedded generator for your shareable links
LiveChat: Live chat plugin for talking to customers
SellHack: Get 100 free potential leads for your business
Glasshat: Simple SEO and marketing tools for your business
Optimize: A/B testing and web optimization tool by Google
Strikingly: Easy, drag and drop website generator tool
Postsked: Easy to use social media scheduling tool
Hootsuite: Social media marketing and management tool
Moosend: List of 10 free email marketing services
Typeform: Easy form/survey generator and results tracker
Gumroad: Boost sells w/ an economy for creators
Catappult: Alternative app distribution for Android apps
PickSaaS: Get software support for your projects
PeerTube: Free and open source video broadcasting List of places to get coverage for your startup
Rebrandly: Custom branded URL shortener for your links
Unbounce: Premium drag and drop web page builder
MailChimp: Create email subscriptions and newsletters
Re:Amaze: All in one platform for engaging with customers
ChatCamp: Chat SDK and APIs for your business/webapps
Zoho CRM: CRM centered around sales relationships
Help Scout: Premium help desk software for businesses
Good Copy: Get inspired by different email copies by brands
Seth’s Blog: Marketing blog by internet entrepreneur Seth Godin
Kissmetrics: Automation for customer engagement for brands
Geckoboard: Build custom dashboards from data sources
Groove Blog: Increase analytical performance w/ Groove
Startup Bros: Free tutorials and different startup freebies
QuickSprout: Marketing, apps, and sales blog by Quick Sprout
ProductHunt: Garnish early users for your product launch
Boomberang: Scheduled sending and reminders for Gmail
Hacker News: Submit your startup to garnish attention early
Followerwonk: Technically like a CRM for your Twitter followers
Lucky Orange: Test heatmapping and conversions w/ Lucky Orange
The Name App: Find domain and social media names all at once
Carousel Hero: Carousel generator for social media
ActiveCampaign: Email marketing and customer automation tool
Right Relevance: Find influencers on any topic that is on Twitter
Microsoft Teams: Company group chat software from Microsoft

💻 Development:

Bit: A cloud directory for shared web components
Git: A distributed version control system for code
D3: A JavaScript library for data-driven documents
H20: Machine learning data visualization dashboards
DEV: A blogging platform exclusively for developers
PM2: Process manager and monitoring dashboard on NPM
Twpy: Interact with Twitter’s API/Twitter scraper
Foldit: Folding puzzles template contents directory
Jekyll: Host w/ GitHub pages and turn text into sites
Glitch: Easily share, remix, and build code w/ users
PyGui: A cross platform GUI API built untop of Python 3 A shareable, and collaborative in-browser IDE Open source repositories from the platform
OAuth: Open protocol related to web app authentication
Github: Host and share your repositories online w/ git
GitLab: Premium place to share your git repos w/ pipelines
Alpaca: A stock brokerage powered by a commission-free API
UiPath: The ultimate software for macro and process automation
Known: Open source framework and collaborative publishing engine
Bubble: Easily build simple apps without any code
Kaggle: Dataset and public notebooks repository directory
GitPod: A third party online IDE for interacting with git pipelines
Racket: Racket is a language-oriented programming language
Meteor: Build, host and deploy fullstack JavaScript applications
Jupyter: Standard notebook interfaces for data science workflows
Ansible: Open source Unix-like automation and workflow platform
Joomla: An overly simple open source CMS used by many
Jenkins: An open source automation server for deployments
Codacy: Check code quality and automate code review
FBStart: Marketing and growth support for startups on Facebook
wwPDB: The worldwide protein databank repo directory
RegEXr: Test different RegEx expressions and patterns
Pandoc: Online markup file converter w/ various formats
Internal: Easily integrate microservices for your dataflows
RegEgg: Basic RegEx cheat sheet and tutorial or reference guide
Dillinger: Online markdown editor and IDE for markdown
GitBook: Create impressive documentation manuals and books w/ git
Candela: Data and web component visualization toolkit
Figshare: Share or discover supplementary data for your research
Swagger: OpenAPI specification, design wrapper and delivery kit
GoChain: Web3 blockchain that is lightweight and speed oriented
Postman: A platform for API development w/ backtesting capability
Dev/Port: Easily create portfolios for developers w/ importing
Hackster: A community site for open hardware and makers
YOURLS: Open source URL shortener w/ stats and JSONP support
AppVisor: A portable application description standard for app stores
Atlassian: Service and repo management plus team collaboration
OpenHub: A network to track and compare open source software
LingoHub: Manage/automate software localization and translations
Flowdock: Prioritize tasks and conversations for developers
BitBucket: A professional team-oriented version control git solution
Datasette: An easy to use tool for sharing and managing datasets
JSONLint: A simple, online JSON validator for debugging
Resonant: An open-source data visualization and validation platform Create custom buttons and counters in markdown
Sourcerer: Create visual profiles for lots of your code activity
Regex101: Generate tests and explanations for your RegEx expressions
Exceldraw: Create amazing “hand-drawn style” UML diagrams
Templated: Large collection of different free CSS and HTML templates
Layers WP: Easy to use layers extension for WP Elementor
GlowScript: Create and publish 3D animations w/ GlowScript
Notepad++: Open source notepad replacement w/ languages support
FakeJSON: Create mock HTTP servers w/ mock data to showcase APIs
Wix Corvid: A full stack web development platform for Wix
WordPress: The most popular PHP-powered simple CMS system
Sourcetree: Easy to use and beautiful GUI for git source control Timer: A simple, full screen countdown timer website for presenters
FluentSync: A .Net library for the fluent interface and interaction
RapidMiner: A world leading data mining and visualization program
Bootswatch: A curated directory of free bootstrap css themes
StackShare: Share your dev stacks, compare and find new tools
Dependabot: Security app/extension for Github repo’s dependencies
Codementor: Offer or apply to code mentorships or freelance dev sessions
HackerRank: Remote hiring, skills training and hackathons for developers
JBoss Forge: Addons to the JForge development platform and toolbox
Debian Docs: Documentation and guide for the Debian Operating System
SourceForge: Repositories and project pages w/ source control + reviews
Sublime Text: Text editor and IDE w/ markup support and a clean UI
PortableApps: Portable apps and portable drive software platform
Quiver Quant: A cutting edge alternative data platform for trading
ReadtheDocs: Create technical docs sites for free w/ rst compatibility
Puppet Forge: Develop automated modules or plugins for your infrastructure
Bootstrap Zero: Collection of hundreds of free and premium Bootstrap themes
Stack Overflow: Ask for dev help through questions, get answers, help others
Open Collective: A collective/community for garnishing project sponsors
Google for Startups: Get startup support and mentorship from Google
Tableau Developers: The developer program for Tableau, a data visualization tool
Bemobi Publisher Portal: Publish your mobile apps on Bemobi/Opera Mobile
Markdown Quick Reference: A quick reference guide on Markdown from WordPress

🎤 Speaking Events:

GDC: Speak at one of the largest game dev conferences
TEDx: TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design
TiEcon: One of the world’s biggest technology conferences
Ideacity: Engaging high quality educational talks and content
MakerFaire: The event for Makers and different DIY enthusiasts
Startup Week: A week-long series of events for local startups
OpenJSWorld: Call for clouad-computing and JS-related proposals
DeveloperWeek: A conference and expo for developers and dev communities
Techcrunch Disrupt: One of the most global popular startup events/pitch series
LA Blockchain Summit: A blockchain summit/conference hosted yearly in LA

🏢 Co-Working Spaces:

Awfis: A two day free pass to an Awfis Location (India)
AWSLoft: Series of complementary startup co-working spaces by Amazon
Freehold: Hospitable places in Brooklyn for startup founders to meet
Ace Hotel NY: The popular ACE hotel meetup space at New York
Wix Playground: Series of complementary startup co-working spaces by Wix
Literally Libraries: Libraries make a quick place to meetup if needed
Capital One Cafe: A cafe with free WiFi in downtown Washington, D.C.