THE BEST FREE OR VERY CHEAP TECH AND NON-TECH TOOLS FOR GETTING A STARTUP OFF THE GROUND

* means I'm an investor in the company but I still standby those recommendations
  1. Gusto*
    You should definitely use this for your payroll. They do a fantastic job. Amazing service.
  2. Slack
    Just use the free plan. The paid one is insanely expensive.
  3. Expensify
    Confusing and kinda janky but much better than doing expense reports any other way
  4. GitHub
    Where else would you put your code.
  5. Zenefits*
    Easy and painless as long as your situation isn't too complicated. Much easier for employees too.
  6. eShares
    Extremely well done. Saves tons of paperwork and makes it less likely you make a mistake in your cap table.
  7. Amplitude*
    They've done a beautiful job with their analytics product. It's really intuitive and easy. Mixpanel is also good but I prefer Amplitude.
  8. CircleCI
    For continuous integration as a service. Better than most alternatives. Though for Android stuff it's quite slow so we setup Jenkins on a Mac mini for that.
  9. Sentry
    For recording JavaScript errors and stack traces and aggregating them. Well built tool.
  10. Buddybuild
    Really slick tool for managing beta builds etc. for iOS apps.
  11. Quip
    Basically Google Docs but more like markdown than MSWord (in a good way). But stick to Google Sheets kr Excel for spreadsheets (for now).