Bootstrapping Best Practices from The Pie Guys www.workforpie.com
Basic TenetsSpend the money you have on the things that matter most (for us, this was design) Dont compromise vision/culture for speed or savings(really think about what using crowdsourcing sites or outsourcing design/development means for your company) Communicate in a format that remembers for you Try everything at first; quickly figure out what works
Four Categories, Links, Demos Tools for GSD (getting stuff done) Tools for Communicating Tools for Learning Extras
Tools for GSD DevelopmentDesign/User Experience Business Marketing and PR
Design/User Experience WorkCategory Tool Description LinkDrawing/Design Gimp Like photoshop, but free! http://www.gimp.org/ Aviary Web-based photo/vector/design http://www.aviary.com/ thingyMockups Balsamiq Mockups that should look like http://www.balsamiq.com/ mockups Whiteboard Oldie but goodie (snap a photo!) http://www.ideapaint.com/Outsourcing 99 Designs Crowdsourcing logo/illustration http://99designs.com/ designColor Color Scheme Create and share color schemes. http://colorschemedesigner.com/ Designer Kuler Create and share color schemes. http://kuler.adobe.com/Typography TypeKit Huge selection of fonts, https://typekit.com/ affordable, easy to use. Google Web Free. Easy to use. Smaller http://www.google.com/webfonts Fonts selection.
Business Type WorkCategory Tool Description LinkMoney Mgmt. Excel/Google All youll need unless youre https://docs.google.com/ Spreadsheet making serious bills Mint Works well enough, and its free https://www.mint.com/Keeping Track of Dropbox Awesome across most https://www.dropbox.com/Things platforms. Sharing also! Google Docs Sharing makes docs great https://docs.google.com/Project Mgmt Github Issues Issues tracker with a sweet https://github.com/ mobile app Basecamp Costs money, but pretty good http://37signals.com/ Asana and Newcomers, but interesting https://trello.com/ Trello http://asana.com/
Social Media/PR WorkCategory Type CommunitiesSocial Media Social Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Angel List, LinkedIn Q&A Quora, Convore, Stack Exchange Location Foursquare, Gowalla, Yelp Newcomers chime.in, pinterest, turntable.fm, IRCEmail Personal Gmail/google apps, tout, wisestamp, rainmaker Newsletters, etc. MailchimpSocial Social Media Tweetdeck, ifttt Management
Tools for Communicating Google Chat (and the phone, occasionally)Whats great about google chat is that it remembers what youve talked about. Its searchable!We use google chat, skitch, youtube, image search, etc.
Tools for Learning Development Design/User Experience Business Marketing and PR
Learning about Design/UserExperienceTreehouse - http://teamtreehouse.com/Smashing Magazine - http://www.smashingmagazine.com/CSS Tricks - http://css-tricks.com/Books - The Art of Innovation (about Ideo) Dont Make me ThinkMovie - Objectified (on netflix streaming)
Learning about BusinessBlogs - http://www.avc.com/,http://www.feld.com/wp/,http://venturehacks.com/,http://news.ycombinator.com/,http://steveblank.com/,http://techcrunch.com/,http://thenextweb.com/,http://thisweekinstartups.com/Books - Do More Faster, Four Steps to the Epiphany, Business ModelGeneration, The Lean Startup, Startups Open Sourced (interviewswith founders), Crossing the Chasm, Steve Jobs, iWoz, The FacebookEffect, In the Plex, Founders at Work, Atlas ShruggedFounders Dinner Meetup!
ExtrasTwitters -@ericries - Eric Ries of Lean Startup fame@fredwilson - avc.com@bfeld - Brad Feld@parislemon - MG Siegler@swombat - Daniel Tenner (A Smart Bear)@Scobleizer - Robert Scoble (he tweets a lot though)@FAKEGRIMLOCK - Giant Robot Dinosaur@cliffmckinney@bkmontgomery@workforpieStartup.com for a nice dose of "how not to do it"Pirates of Silicon Valley for fun