The Social Dilemma by Netflix

We tweet, we like, and we share— but what are the consequences of our growing dependence on social media? As digital platforms increasingly become a lifeline to stay connected, Silicon Valley insiders reveal how social media is reprogramming civilization by exposing what’s hiding on the other side of your screen.

ABOUT THE SOCIAL DILEMMA The world has long recognized the positive applications of social media, from its role in empowering protesters to speak out against oppression during the Arab Spring uprisings almost a decade ago, to serving an instrumental role in fighting for equity and justice today. And in 2020, during an astonishing global pandemic, social media has become our lifeline to stay in touch with loved ones, as well as proving to be an asset for mobilizing civil rights protests. However, the system that connects us also invisibly controls us. The collective lack of understanding about how these platforms actually operate has led to hidden and often harmful consequences to society—consequences that are becoming more and more evident over time, and consequences that, the subjects in The Social Dilemma suggest, are an existential threat to humanity. The Social Dilemma is a powerful exploration of the disproportionate impact that a relatively small number of engineers in Silicon Valley have over the way we think, act, and live our lives. The film deftly tackles an underlying cause of our viral conspiracy theories, teenage mental health issues, rampant misinformation and political polarization, and makes these issues visceral, understandable, and urgent. Through a unique combination of documentary investigation and entertaining narrative drama, award-winning filmmakers Jeff Orlowski (Chasing Ice, Chasing Coral) and Larissa Rhodes (Chasing Coral) have once again exposed the invisible in a manner that is both enlightening and harrowing as they disrupt the disrupters by unveiling the hidden machinations behind everyone’s favorite social media and search platforms. The film features compelling interviews with high-profile tech whistleblowers and innovation leaders including Tristan Harris of the Center for Humane Technology; the co-inventor of the Facebook “Like” button, Justin Rosenstein; Tim Kendall, former President of Pinterest and former Director of Monetization at Facebook; Cathy O’Neil, author of Weapons of Math Destruction; Rashida Richardson, Director of Policy at the AI Now Institute, and many others. Demonstrating how social media affects consumers on a personal level, these fascinating insider insights are seamlessly woven into a captivating narrative, including Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men), that illuminates the very real consequences these seemingly innocent technologies can have on our everyday lives.

The Social Dilemma | Official Trailer | Netflix

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Customer Discovery In the Time Of the Covid-19 Virus — Steve Blank

With in-person classes canceled, we’re about to start our online versions of Hacking for Defense and Hacking for Oceans (and here). The classes are built on the Lean Startup methodology: Customer Discovery, Agile Engineering and the Business/Mission Model Canvas. So how do our students get out of the building to talk to customers to do Customer Discovery when they can’t get out of the building? How do should startups do it?

A version of this article appeared in TechCrunch. With in-person classes canceled, we’re about to start our online versions of Hacking for Defense and Hacking for Oceans (and here). The classes are built on the Lean Startup methodology: Customer Discovery, Agile Engineering and the Business/Mission Model Canvas. So how do our students get out of […]

Customer Discovery In the Time Of the Covid-19 Virus — Steve Blank

Small Business Webinar: How to Optimize Your Site Happiness Engineers Kathryn Presner and Steve Dixon lead a workshop about designing your business website using WordPress themes, layouts and blocks; attracting customers; SEO and optimizing your website from audiences; mobile readiness; accepting payments and much more.

Try out Visit Support:

In this workshop you can learn about:

04:56 Essential Pages for Business Websites

07:44 Webpage Layouts

09:55 Blocks for Business

13:33 Website Accessibility

16:16 Search Engine Optimization for Your Website

23:05 Keyword Placement and SEO Tools on

25:05 Google Verification

26:37 Site Statistics

28:01 Mobile Friendly Website Design

31:20 Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)

32:15 Accept Payments and Books Online

35:19 WooCommerce and ecommerce

36:56 References and Resources

37:35 Q&A Covering Blocks, Templates, Layouts, Mobile Readiness, Audience Objectives, Classic Editor vs. Block Editor, Choosing a Plan, and Much More

Whether you’re a new small business owner or freelancer with no website, or you already have a business and are looking for tips on how to optimize your existing site, you’ll be sure to walk away from the webinar with actionable tips you can implement to get the most out of your online presence. We covered best practices and guiding principles for creating an amazing website to help you build your brand and business.

Full Q&A and Presentation:

Startup Tools by Steve Blank

See more how to Startup videos

Startup Tools

Getting Started

Lists of Tools from Others


Find a Co-Founder

Developer Bootcamps

Job Interviewing Tools

Tools from Steve: Lean Startup/Business Model Canvas/Customer Development Tools

  • Founders Workbook – A Checklist for the Startup Owners Manual
  • Over 500 presentations and videos (mine and my students class finals) on Slideshare
  • Harvard Business Review article on Lean here
  • My free online Lean LaunchPad class on Udacity is here.
    • All the Lectures and their subtitles can be download for free here. Creative Commons license applies.
  • I also share all my syllabi, student presentations and my class lectures slides as well.
  • Educators Training Guide is here
  • Course for Educators is here
  • Teachable moments videos for the Lean Launchpad class here
  • How do Customer Discovery videos here
  • How to do Customer Discovery workbook here
  • Sample Lean LaunchPad Lecture slides and suggested syllabus here
  • Latest presentations posted click here
  • Latest student videos posted here
  • National Science Foundation presentations here
  • Stanford presentations, lectures and syllabus here
  • Berkeley presentations, lectures and syllabus here
  • Columbia 5-day presentations, lectures and syllabus here
  • Caltech 5-day presentations, lectures and syllabus here
  • Business Model Competition slides here
  • Some general customer development slides click here
  • National Science Foundation I-Corps presentations, lectures and syllabus click here
  • National Science Foundation/NCIIA I-Corps Faculty toolkit is here
  • LaunchPad Central– the standard for Bus Model Canvas/Customer Development progress for companies/incubators/accelerators

Business Model Canvas

Customer Development

Social Entrepreneurship / Non-Profits

Customer Discovery Checklist


Before Leaving the Building

Outside the Building

Returning to the Building

How to Do Customer Discovery Interviews

Founder Stories

Website Domain Names

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Create Websites Automagically

Build Static-site blogs

  • StaticGen – list of static-site generators
  • Hugo – framework for building static-sites
  • Forestry – static-site content management system integrates into Cloudinary
  • Jekyll – build static sites
  • VuePres – static-site generator
  • HeXo – static-site generator
  • GitBook – static-site generator for documentation
  • MiddleMan  – static-site generator for documentation
  • Pelican – static-site generator

Blogging Platforms

  • WordPress– king of blogging platforms…doubles as startup website
  • Tumblr – another blogging platform
  • Disqus – Comments Platform
  • Livefrye – alternate to Disqus

Website Bounce Reduction

  • BounceExchange – drive conversions and leads on a website
  • Optimonk – monetize abandoning website traffic
  • EarnCoupon – give customers discounts for liking your site

“How Big is the Market?” Tools

“How Do I Contact Customers?” Tools

Surveys/Forms/Focus Groups

Product Launch Tools/Landing Pages

  • Great Landing Page Tutorial – ConversionXL
  • LaunchRock – Create a viral “coming soon” landing page
  • Prefinery– Beta and Launch Mgmt software
  • LaunchEffect – WordPress Landing pages for viral launches
  • Ooomf – iPhone app store build/push/launch
  • Unbounce – create, publish & test promotion specific landing pages
  • Instapage – create a free landing page
  • KickoffLabs -product landing pages
  • LaunchGator – create a viral landing page
  • Lander – create a landing page in minutes
  • Ion – create landing pages that convert
  • Clickthroo – landing pages with split-test, segment, personalization
  • WordSafety – Check a name for unwanted meanings in foreign languages

Product Demo Videos

Screencasting Software

  • Screenflow– screen recording and editing
  • Snagit – screen capture
  • Camtasia – screen recording and video editing
  • Jing – screenshots and screencasts
  • Screen-o-Matic – cloud recording
  • SnapzProX – mac screen capture software
  • ScreenFlow – mac screen capture and effects
  • Screencastify – screen video recording for Chrome
  • Snagit– Chrome plugin/downloadable, they also build a ton of other software (500 person company in Michigan)
  • ClipChamp – online video editor

Streaming Video Marketplace

  • Periscope – live streaming video
  • Meerkat –  live stream video
  • Streamium – Stream live video directly to your viewers and get paid in bitcoin
  • Findstringers – global freelance marketplace
  • Twitch –

Traditional Media


On-Line Advertising Platforms (SEO)

Competitive Online Adword/PPC Analysis

  • SEMRush – SEO and campaign management tool
  • SimilarWeb – discover traffic for any web site or mobile app
  • Thalamus -comprehensive research database of advertising vendors
  • Alexa – competitive website info
  • KeywordEye – generate keywords
  • Spyfu – download competitors keywords and ads
  • BuzzStream – link building and digital PR
  • Market Samurai – SEO Keyword Analysis Tool
  • WordStream – competitive adword analysis
  • K-Meta – find competitive adwords keywords
  • Moz  – keywords, links and on-page metrics

Social Media Advertising

  • Captiv8 – social media mgmt platform – connect brands to advertisers
  • Atlas – Facebook’s cross platform solution
  • Adaptly – twitter and facebook advertising platform
  • MarinSoftware – online advertising platform
  • Adroll – retargeting and display advertising
  • Kenshoo – predictive marketing
  • Adstage – manage google, bing, facebook, twitter & linked in Ads
  • Followerwonk – Twitter analytics, online segmentation

Search Engine Optimization and Tools

marketing technology landscape

SEO and Analytics Tutorials

Online Ad Fraud Tools

  • Forensiq – fight online ad fraud
  • SimilarWeb – website traffic and mobile app analytics
  • WhiteOps – Digital ad fraud detection

Web/Social Customer Analytics Tools

  • Google Analytics – web analytics and optimizer from the borg
  • Kissmetrics– actionable analytics
  • MetricStory – Google analytics automatically delivered
  • QuantcastMeasure – measure reach, traffic, frequency, demographics, interests/lifestyle, etc
  • Comscore – ad agency/enterprise analytics
  • AdobeAnalytics – ex Omniture
  • Amazon Analytics – cross–platform mobile analytics reporting service for your app or game
  • FacebookDomainInsights – provides developers and Page owners with metrics about their content
  • HeapAnalytics – captures user action Clicks, taps, swipes, form submissions, page views and lets you measure it
  • GetClicky – real-time web analytics
  • Grafana – Beautiful metric & analytic dashboards for time series and metrics
  • InfluxDB – the platform for time series data
  • Leadlander – marketing automation analytics
  • – analytics API
  • Wordtracker – find the best keywords and links
  • Serpico – monitor your competition, backlinks & rankings
  • WhatRunsWhere – locate and assess competitors ads and copy
  • – easy analytics for business data
  • Mixpanel– real-time event tracking
  • DigMyData – analytics dashboard for sales, email, social and ad marketing
  • Crazyegg– visualize analytics
  • Mint – site analytics
  • Piwik – open source web analytics
  • Visistat – web analytics measure marketing campaigns
  • DbFace – SQL database application builder build no coding PHP or any frontend html, css
  • Webtrends – analytics and segments
  • Chartbeat – website analytics for doers
  • Kontagent – user analytics for the social and mobile web
  • Forsee – web, mobile, social, contact center analytics
  • Woopra – real time customer and visitor analytics
  • StatsMix – track and display internal & web metrics
  • Keylines – amazing email visualization tool (Palantir for the rest of us)
  • Ducksboard – very cool way to measure any online metrics
  • Dasheroo – Business dashboards done right
  • Cyfe – monitor social media, analytics, marketing, sales, support
  • Mention – media and social monitoring
  • Geckoboard – widget-driven business dashboard
  • Grappster – dashboard for your cloud apps
  • Leftronic – dashboard for real-time analytics
  • Ubiq –data into dashboards
  • PirateMetrics – track acquisition, activation, retention, referral, and revenue
  • – Twitter brand monitoring
  • WhosTalkin – Social Media Search tool
  • Diffbot – identify and extract from any web page (stealth search engine!)
  • Kumu – track, visualize and leverage relationships

IoT (Internet of Things) Analytics

  • Tellient – the only analytics platform built specifically for the IoT
  • First Analytics – predict time-to-failure for industrial equipment or solve complex optimization problems involving industrial IoT
  • Uptake – IoT and data analytics company

SEO for Mobile Apps

Mobile App Store Customer Analytics / Ad Platform

Social Listening

  • Datarank – social listening and analytics tools
  • Bottlenose – social listening for stream data
  • Dataminr – transforms Twitter stream and other public datasets into actionable signals
  • Trendspotrr – transforms social media into action
  • DataSift – human data intelligence
  • Salesforce Radian6 – social media monitoring platform for marketers
  • Brand24 – social media monitoring and analytics

Mobile App Location / Ad Platform / Misc

  • Placed – location based analytics for mobile apps & websites
  • Burstly – mobile app monetization tools
  • Yozio – campaign tracking & viral optimization for mobile apps
  • Tapjoy – mobile app turnkey ad platform
  • Appbackr – market, sell and distribute your apps
  • Chartboost – make money with mobile games
  • Google AdMob – monitize and promote your mobile games
  • Vungle – integrate video ads into your apps

Online Marketing Suites

  • HubSpot – online marketing and web analytics system
  • Eloqua – marketing automation
  • Pardot – marketing automation for multi-touch sales
  • Silverpop – end to end marketing automation
  • AgileCRM – CRM, Sales & marketing automation
  • HipCricket – mobile marketing platform
  • Infusionsoft – small business CRM and marketing automation software
  • Performable – personable web analytics/lifecycle marketing
  • Custora – customer retention, churn reduction, lifetime value
  • Zoho – free/cheap web customer relationship mgmt software
  • Sharebird – Sales enablement software
  • Highrise – small business CRM
  • Pipedrive – sales pipeline management
  • Zferral – affiliate and referral marketing on the web
  • Genoo – marketing automation software
  • Act-on – marketing automation suite
  • Wishpond – social media marketing
  • Intercom – CRM and web messaging tool for web apps
  • Salestrakr – low cost CRM
  • OntraPort – small business CRM, email management, list segmentation, marketing automation, billing, easy website building
  • InviteBox – referral program platform
  • Crowdtap – Influencer Marketing platform
  • Helloworld – promotions, loyalty, mobile, live events, analytics
  • Scaledrone – service for pushing messages to browsers
  • – retargeting and marketing automation for commerce

Content Marketing Tools



Social Monitoring

Social Media Marketing

  • Sprinklr – social media marketing and mgmt software
  • Socialbakers – social media marketing and mgmt software
  • ZohoSocial – social media marketing and mgmt software
  • HootSuite – social media dashboard
  • Buffer – schedule and manage social media posts and analyze performance
  • Postcron – schedule posts on Twitter or Facebook
  • Later – plan and schedule Instagram posts
  • Tweetdeck – twitter real-time tracking, organizing, and engagement
  • Socialoomph – schedule and monitor social media activity
  • Friends+Me – schedule social media posts
  • Crowdfire – publish and curate content

Email Marketing/Blasting

Transactional Email

Email Sender Reputation

Sender Score – reputation mgmt for email senders

Email Testing

  • Litmus – email previews and email analytics
  • Glockapps – spam testing tools for email
  • MailTester – test the spamyneess of your email

Social Acquisition

  • Woobox – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social sweepstakes and coupons


  • Bunchball – gamification for user engagement and loyalty
  • Hoopla – motivate employees, increase sales productivity
  • Badgeville – gamification platform
  • Gigya – social plugins, gamification
  • Spinify  -leaderboards using your own data to motivate teams

Loyalty Programs

  • RewardStream – loyalty, customer referral
  • 500Friends – customer loyalty program for ecommerce
  • NextBee – customer referral and loyalty programs
  • BigDoor – gamified loyalty and reward programs
  • UrbanAirship – push marketing for mobile


  • TeamViewer – remote support, remote access, online collaboration
  • Pastebin – store and share text snippets online
  • Hipchat – private group chat & IM for business and teams
  • Yammer – private social network for companies
  • Google Apps – Email, Chat, Docs
  • LibreOffice – free wordprocessor, spreadsheet, drawing, presentation, pdf maker and database office suite
  • Skype– free voice and video communication tool
  • Fuzebox – web/mobile online conferencing
  • UberConference – online conference with visual icons
  • ProfiConf – HD video conference in a browser
  • Typewithme – document collaboration tool
  • Unison – group communication to send group emails as well as SMS messages
  • Google Hangouts – Googles uber Skype
  • Evernote – remember everything
  • Campfire – team collaboration
  • RealTimeBoard – online whiteboard & collaboration tool
  • Wikispaces – wikis for everyone
  • Slideshare – share Powerpoints and docs with customers
  • – free screen sharing
  • Ning – Create your own social network
  • Doodle – online group scheduling
  • – Free conference calls – awesome!
  • Speek – easy to setup conference calls, file sharing
  • Syncpad – real time mobile collaborative whiteboard
  • Piktochart – make infographics
  • Stormboard– online brainstorming and collaboration
  • Meldium– access all your apps with one click

Personal Cloud Storage

  • Dropbox – free store, sync, and, share files online.
  • Tresorit – secure dropbox alternative
  • Google Drive – cloud storage and file backup
  • iCloud – Apple store everything in the cloud
  • OneDrive – Microsoft store everything in the cloud
  • Box – online file sharing

On-line Q&A / Development Communities

User On-boarding

  • UserOnboard – how web apps handle their signup experiences
  • AppCues – on boarding academy

Wireframing Tools

  • Read this UX tutorial first – Alan Wells
  • Great list of rapid prototyping tools here – dan harrelson
  • Web Starter Kit – Google
  • Web Fundamentals – Google
  • POP – Prototyping on paper for mobile phones – awesome
  • Keynotopia – use PowerPoint/Keynote to create web/mobile apps – Cool!
  • Lean Design – design using HTML5-editor and automatically convert it to XHTML/CSS
  • Saas – CSS Extension Language
  • Balsamiq– rapid wireframing tool. software mockups in minutes
    • Napkee – export Balsamiq Mockups to HTML/CSS/JS and Adobe Flex 3 at a click of a button
  • Justinmind – mac/pc mobile and web highly interactive prototypes
  • Figma – collaborative interface design tool
  • Heflo – business process modeling
  • FluidU/I – mobile prototypes for IOS
  • Briefs – mac prototyping tool for iOS
  • Flinto–  web prototyping tool for iOS and Android from your screen designs
  • Invision – web and mobile iOS and android prototyping & collaboration tools for design
  • – web prototyping tool for iOS and Android
  • Solidify – web prototyping clickable mobile prototypes
  • Axure – mac/pc wireframe software & mockup tool
  • Irise – wireframes and prototypes. Inline requirements management. Real-time collaboration
  • Protoshare – web prototyping tools for web & mobile wireframing
  • Pidoco – online wire framing
  • AppCooker – iOS mockup, wireframe or prototype
  • – draw diagrams online
  • Moqups – HTML5 App used to create wireframes, mockups or UI concepts
  • MxGraph – client side JavaScript diagramming library
  • Sketch – professional digital design for the mac
  • Pencil– Firefox add-on to do GUI prototyping and simple sketching
  • Lumzy – quick mockup creation and prototyping
  • CSS Hat – Turn Photoshop layers into CSS3
  • Mockflow – online/offline, extensible wireframing tool w/design library
  • OmniGraffle – it’s been around before the web even existed
  • Wirify – turn any webpage into a wireframe
  • LucidChart – Cloud-based drawing tool
  • LucidPress – Cloud-based create and print digital documents
  • Cacoo – free online drawing tool
  • HotGloo – Online Wireframing Tool
  • Mocksup – Share your web site mockups
  • Mockingbird – Mock it up and share web site wireframes
  • Creately – online diagraming and collaboration
  • Gliffy – Online Diagraming
  • Keynotopia – wireframing + high fidelity (pixel perfect) prototyping tool
  • Free Wireframe templates for iPhone, iPad and Web
  • Wireframing Tutorial

Markdown – text to HTML Text Style editor

  • Markdown – John Gruber’s original markdown syntax
  • Mastering Markdown –  github
  • CommonMark – strongly specified, highly compatible implementation of Markdown
  • BabelMark2 – tool for comparing the output of various implementations of John Gruber’s markdown syntax
  • MDtest – Michael Fortin’s test suite for Markdown implementations
  • Mou – markdown editor for Mac
  • Markdown editors for Windows
  • Marked – provides a preview of your Markdown as you work in a text editor
  • Dillinger – free online markdown editor that syncs with Dropbox, Google Drive and Github.

Web Drawing Libraries

  • Paperjs – vector graphics scripting framework runs on HTML5 Canvas
  • Processingjs – vector graphics scripting framework runs on HTML5 Canvas
  • Verb -Javascript CAD Library for manipulating NURB surfaces on the web
  • CGAL – Computational Geometry Algorithms Library – gold standard for geometric libraries

Web Screen Scraping Tools

  • – screen scraper and crawler – free

Word Cloud Generators

  • Taxedo – word cloud with styles
  • WordMosaic – create word cloud inside your own symbol/picture
  • Yippy – create world cloud for your blog-generates html and matches blog style
  • Worldle – word cloud generator
  • Worditout – word cloud generator
  • VocabGrabber – word cloud plus visual thesaurus – really useful

Website Usability Testing/Heatmaps/Mouse Tracking

  • Usertesting – $39 live users testing your site – cheap
  • ProdThink – test a feature before you code it
  • YouEye – usability testing with webcam eye tracking
  • Validately – Test a feature before you write code
  • LuckyOrange – affordable usability testing, heat maps, polls, visitor map
  • Experimently – heat maps, A/B testing experiments
  • Nelio A/B Testing – WordPress conversion optimization. Test headlines, posts, pages, widgets, themes, heatmaps
  • Crowdsourced Testing – just like it sounds
  • SessionCam – session replay, heat maps, conversion funnels
  • FiveSecondTest – fine-tune landing pages
  • TryMyUI– watch videos of users using your site
  • FeedbackArmy – $20 website usability testing
  • WhatUsersDo – UK live usability testing
  • Clicktale – watch live clicks and browsing, optimize usability
  • Usabilla – Micro usability tests
  • OptimalWorkshop – tool suite for remote user research
  • Clickheat – heat map of a website (where do users click)
  • Mouseflow – attention heatmaps, mouse tracking and video playback
  • Clixpy – tracks users clicks and browsing
  • Openhallway – lets you remotely record user test scenarios
  • InspectLet – Usability testing/Heat Maps and screen capture
  • UsabilityTools – discover user needs, increase conversion rates
  • – web designers get free feedback about their designs
  • LookTracker – eye tracking maps
  • Omniconvert – A/B tests, personalizations and advanced segmentation

Emotion Analytics

  • Affectiva – Test content for emotional engagement by facial analysis
  • Emotient – facial expression recognition software
  • Realeyes – measure peoples emotions via a webcam
  • Sension – use webcams as a visual interface for interacting with content

Mobile Usability Testing/Heatmaps/Build Tools

  • Amazon Mobile SDK– build mobile apps, mobile-optimized connectors to AWS data streaming, storage and database services
  • HeatData – heatmaps for Mobile website
  • – Heatmaps for IOS apps
  • – A/B testing for Mobile Apps
  • Taplytics – A/B testing on IOS without app store updates
  • Apptimize – mobile A/B testing for iOS and Android
  • TestFlight – IOS beta testing on the fly
  • Elusivestars – mobile app testing for developers
  • Testin – cross platform automated app testing solutions
  • Pusher – hosted API for realtime mobile/web apps
  • PerfectoMobile – mobile app testing
  • MobiReady – testing tool evaluates website mobile-readiness
  • Compuware – test your website for “mobile ready”
  • Rigor – test/monitor performance of mobile apps/websites
  • W3C Mobile OK – test your website for mobile
  • Google Page Speed – test your mobile speed
  • AppMockUpTools – iPhone App Mockups
  • Bugclipper – plug n play bug reporting library  capture screen shots, highlight issues & record screen activity
  • Appery – Cloud-based HTML5, jQuery Mobile & Hybrid Mobile App Builder for Android, iOS and Windows Phone

Website A/B and Landing Page Testing

Website/Browser Testing

Website Performance Testing

  • NewRelic – manage and tune website performance for Rails
  • DareBoost – Test, Analyze and Optimize your website
  • WebPageTest – website speed test from multiple locations around the world
  • Google Pagespeed – performance recommendations
  • PingDom – uptime and user monitoring
  • Super Monitoring – uptime and basic website functions monitoring
  • SpeedCurve – front-end performance benchmarking
  • Monitive – site uptime monitoring
  • Monitor – free website monitoring
  • Webmon – website monitoring and escalation

Website Designers

  • 99 Designs– marketplace for crowdsourced graphic design
  • IconFinder – great way to find free graphic icons on the web
  • FindIcons – 400,000+ icons on the web
  • xScope – measure, align and inspect on-screen graphics and layouts
  • Scoutzle – curated community for the best mobile designers

Website Design Tools

Phone/SMS Cloud Apps

  • Twilio – add mobile and sms to your app
  • Tropo – Cloud API for adding voice and sms to your app
  • Callfire – add voice and sms to your app
  • Voxeo – voice recognition and IVR to your app
  • Jajah -telephony api
  • PlumVoice– IVR Systems

Photo/Video Analysis Tools

Voice Analysis Tools

Learning to Code

Reverse-Engineering Tools

  • Ghidra – NSA open-source reverse engineering tool
  • IDA Pro / HexRays– disassembler with debugger and plugin programming environment
  • JEB – disassembly, decompilation, debugging, and analysis of code and document files
  • BinaryNinja – reverse engineering platform
  • Hopper – Disassembler for MacOs and Linux
  • Radare – Disassembler
  • Binja – Binary Ninja plugin to decompile binaries using RetDec API
  • Retdec – retargetable machine-code decompiler based on LLVM

Application Frameworks

Create Mobile Apps Automagically

  • Xamarin – create native iOS, Android, and Windows apps
  • Codenameone – Write code in Java(tm) using Eclipse, NetBeans or IntelliJ/IDEA move to iOS, Android, and Windows
  • Appcelerator – Write in JavaScript, run native everywhere
  • AppPress – make a mobile app without coding
  • Bubble – enables your to program web and mobile apps without code
  • appery – mobile app builder and MBaaS

Apple iOS and MacOs Development

Android Development

Microsoft Development

Machine Learning/Deep Learning/Data Science


Machine Learning Tutorials

Machine Learning Tools

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machine learning skills

Data Science/Big Data Analytics / Log Management

  • Anaconda – enterprise data science platform – 200 data science Python libraries
  • rStudio – professional software for R
  • OpenRefine – data cleaning and exploring for large data sets
  • Apache Airflow – author workflows as directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) of tasks
  • H20 – implementations of the most popular statistical and machine learning algorithms
  • Splunk – log mgmt searching, monitoring, and analyzing machine-generated big data
  • Sumo Logic – log analytics platform
  • Loggly – mine log data in real time
  • ElasticLogstash – open-source log management
  • RapidMiner – analytics platform, data mining, machine learning
  • DataRPM – machine analytics for big data
  • Metamind – deep learning for the enterprise
  • Wandora – knowledge management application

Speech Recognition

Computer Vision/Image Recognition/Facial recognition/biometrics

  • OpenImages – Google 9million image dataset annotated URL’s over 6000 categories
  • Caletch 101 – Pictures of objects belonging to 101 categories. About 40 to 800 images per category
  • Great paper – Fast, Accurate Detection of 100,000 Object Classes on a Single Machine
  • Clarifai -Machine Intelligence API for mobile devices
  • Torch/fbcunn – examples to train classifiers over ImageNet
  • Pixy – Open source vision system, connects to Arduino
  • Camfind – Image Recognition API
  • Sirius – open source Speech and Vision Based Intelligent Personal Assistant
  • – real-time vision servers and clusters
    • VMX – real-time object detection and recognition system
  • Kitware – open source image and video retrieval platforms
    • KWIVER – support for Kitware –
  • MotionDSP – GPU, realtime video enhancement and forensics
  • Blogs
  • Moodstocks – image search against a database of references you supply; mobile app developer platform
  • Blinkfire – uses computer vision to measure media value and impact for sports teams
  • – visual search, image and retail item identification for retailers and brands
  • ImageVision – big data for images and videos
  • ViSenze – visual search technology
  • OpenALPR – open automatic license plate reader software

Facial Recognition / Biometrics

AI market

Text Analysis Tools/Natural Language Platforms

Social Mining

  • Dataminr – focused on Twitter streaming I&W.  limited to 14 day retro.
  • Topsy – Twitter search, monitoring and analytics
  • Social Crawlytics – user influencer and content marketing tool
  • Metamind – deep-learning experts for sentiment


  • ZeroFox – harness social data to improve information security
  • RedOwl – behavioral analytics security software
  • – find and stop attacks on your data
  • Area 1 Security – combat spear-fishing attacks in a clever way
  • Hyperion Gray – mass fuzzing of the internet and darknet profiles
  • Fireeye – Cybersecurity and malware prevention – machine learning for intrusion detection
  • Digital Stakeout – real time threat intelligence platform


  • GeoMesa open-source system that stores, indexes, and queries hundreds of billions of geospatial features in a distributed database (Accumulo)
  • GeoWave leverages the scalability of a distributed key-value store for effective storage, retrieval, and analysis of massive geospatial datasets
  • LocationTech – working group developing advanced location aware technologies

Physics Engines for games/robotics

  • Box2D – 2d physics engine for games
  • Bullet – physics simulation engine
  • ncollide – 2D & 3D collision library for the Rust language
  • Chipmunk– 2D real-time rigid body physics engine
  • Chrono:Engine – C++ simulation library
  • Farseer – based on Box2D w/collision detection
  • Havok – collision detection and physics engine
  • Matter.js – JavaScript 2D rigid body physics engine for the web
  • Metali – 3D physics engine
  • Moby – multi-body dynamics simulation library written in C++
  • Newton – life-like physics simulation library
  • Open Dynamics Engine – library for simulating rigid body dynamics
  • p2.js – JavaScript 2D physics library
  • PhysX – Nvidia open source physics engine
  • Physics Abstraction Layer (PAL) – unified interface to a number of different physics engines
  • PhysicsJS – physics engine for javascript
  • OpenTissue – algorithms and data structures for rapid development of interactive modeling and simulation
  • Tokamak – real time physics engine
  • TrueAxis – real time physics engine
  • Proteus – A Python toolkit for toolkit for computational fluid and solid mechanics simulation

Simulation/Game AI Engines

  • Stage –sophisticated simulation scenarios across massive gaming areas
  • Artificial Contender – AI middleware for behavior-capture
  • Cyntient AI – AI middleware
  • DI-Guy – human simulation software
  • Gameware – AI middleware, NavMesh generation, hierarchical pathfinding, and path following
  • Masa Life – AI middleware, design how characters behave and how they interact with the world
  • Rain – AI character engine – behavior creation, automatic navigation mesh generation, and animation control
  • SimBionic – create intelligent behavior for games and simulations
  • SpirOps – AI middleware for crowd simulations
  • Kerbal – space program simulation

DARPA Open Source

Space/NASA Open Source

  • Open NASA – 42,966 Data Sets – 449Code Repositories, 50APIs
    • Worldview – browse NASA Imagery
    • Darts – dynamics library for the modeling of robotic platforms, space vehicles, molecular dynamics
    • RCATS – Root cause analysis tool
  • Kubos – open source RTOS flight software for nano satellites, pico satellites and cubesats
  • – Astrophysics Source Code Library


Cloud Services and Tools


Artificial Intelligence


AWS AI Services

  • Amazon Polly – service that turns text into lifelike speech
    Amazon Lex – service for building conversational interfaces using voice and text
  • Amazon Rekognition– service that makes it easy to add image analysis to your applications

AWS AI Platforms

  • Amazon Machine Learning – create machine learning models without having to learn complex ML algorithms and technology
  • Amazon EMR – run Hadoop framework across dynamically scalable Amazon EC2 instances
  • Apache Spark on Amazon EMR – in-memory distributed compute engine that speeds analysis on large-scale data up to 100X engine

AWS AI EnginesStorage & Content Delivery



Developer Tools

Management Tools

Security and Identity


Internet of Things

Game Development

Mobile Services

Application Services

Enterprise Applications


  • Windows Azure – Microsoft Cloud Platform
  • Scalr – cloud management tool
  • mcrouter – facebook memcached protocol router for scaling memcached deployments
  • Joyent – high performance cloud – Infrastructure as a Service

Enterprise Data Center Operating Systems

Container Orchestration System

Orchestration Configuration

Data center orchestration and configuration management tools

  • Puppet – configuration management system
  • Chef – configuration management system
  • Saltstack– cloud orchestration, server provisioning, configuration management
  • Ansible – Redhat configuration management, app deployment
  • Spinnaker – Google cloud continuous delivery
  • CFEngine – IT infrastructure automation
  • NixOS – Linux configuration management system
  • Apache Nifi – dataflow system (directed graphs of data routing, transformation, and system mediation logic)
  • Apache Flume – collect, aggregate and move large amounts of streaming event data
  • Apache Camel – define routing and mediation rules
  • Apache Kafka – high-throughput distributed messaging system
  • Apache Taverna – design and execute workflows
  • IBM Streams/DISTILLERY – platform for near-real-time streaming analytics

NoSQL Databases

GPU-optimized relational and column-store databases/Graph Analytics

  • Kinetica – GPU accelerated database
  • GPUdb – GPU accelerated in-memory distributed database
  • MapD – GPU database for interactive SQL querying and visualization of multi-billion record datasets
  • Blazegraph – GPU accelerated graph analytics
  • BlazingDB –  GPU accelerated data warehouse
  • PG-Strom – PostgreSQL extension for GPUs

Development Tools

  • VirtualBox – x86 Virtualization
  • Perl Object Environment – Perl framework for reactive systems, cooperative multitasking, and network applications
  • Codeacademy Labs – program in Ruby, Python, and JavaScript online without downloading a code editor or IDE
  • Koding – cloud development environment, code editor, hosting service, collaboration platform
  • CircleCi – Continuous integration and deployment tool for web apps
  • yUML – sketch uml diagrams.
  • WebSequenceDiagrams –sketch sequence diagrams. automatic links to generated images
  • Rietveld – asynchronous code reviews on changesets
  • Fluid – turn webapps into Mac OS X apps
  • TextMate – code and markup editor
  • Coda – one-window web development app for the Mac
  • Coderunner – Edit/run code in any programming language with a click
  • SourceLair –cloud coding platform C, Python, Ruby and API
  • WebBiscuits – framework for web apps for smartphones and tablets
  • Best free programming books
  • CodeAcademy – learn to code
  • Webkit – build your own browser
  • Appery – Cloud-based HTML5, jQuery Mobile & Hybrid Mobile App Builder for Android, iOS and Windows Phone

Project Management

Open-source software hosting

  • Github – Free public repositories, collaborator management, issue tracking, wikis, downloads, code review, graphs
  • Sourceforge – Free. For open-source projects
  • JavaForge – free open source project hosting site
  • Bitbucket – free cloud hosting for Git or Mecurial projects
  • Sourcetree – free mac client for Git, Mercurial and SVN
  • Mercurial – free, distributed source code control management system
  • Aha! – product roadmap software

Source Version Control Software

Kanban and Scrum Tools

  • Kanban versus Scrum – description
  • Kanban Tools
    • Kanban Tool – online, web-based, Kanban tool
    • KanbanFlow – free Kanban tool
    • Swift-Kanban – enterprise Kanban
    • Kanbanery – Simple online team or personal kanban board
    • LeanKit Kanban – Great for visualizing work of product development
    • Kanban Pad – “Nice and lean” and free online Kanban tool
    • CodeBeamer – Kanban and Scrum tool Application Lifecycle Management
    • Nutcache – all-in-one collaborative project management
    • Kanbanize – free Kanban software
  • Scrum Tools
  • Basecamp– web-based project management and collaboration tool
  • Confluence – Plan roadmaps, define product requirements, and centralize documentation
  • Pivotal Tracker – Agile project management tool real time collaboration
  • Wrike  – combines project management, collaboration, discussion and document sharing
  • Ansible – configuration mgmt, app deployment, continuos delivery
  • Trello – team collaboration around “boards”
  • Taskade – organization and collaboration tool for getting things done
  • Workflowy – hierarchial task manager
  • Asana – shared task list for your team
  • Wunderlist – light accountability and planning
  • Sqwiggle – all-hands meeting and updates
  • Quip – team tasking
  • Sprintly – agile collaborate>prioritize>create git integration
  • Podio – collaborative project management
  • Flow – collaborative task and project management
  • Interstate – open project management
  • Apollo – integrated project and contact management
  • Rally – agile product management
  • Blossom – lean product management
  • BrightPod – product mgmt for marketing teams
  • Trajectory – agile product mgmt, write and discuss user stories, bugs, and to-dos
  • Clarizen – cloud project mgmt tool
  • Webplanner – online collaborative project management application.
  • ChiliProject – web based project management
  • Exepron – cloud based project management
  • ProofHub – web project mgmt & collaboration
  • Kiln – Version control and code review
  • PushPinPlanner – online real-time resource planning for agile teams
  • DaPulse – cross company collaboration
  • ProdPad – proj mgmt w/road mapping
  • Producteev – web/mobile task mgmt
  • ProcedureRock – create, procedures, instructions, guides, online help
  • – Collaborative Task Manager
  • ProcessPlan – task mgmt via email
  • Redbooth -combines social networking and project management
  • ProjectManager – project planner, time/expense tracking
  • TeamCity – continuous integration/unit testing, code quality analysis, pre-tested commits, report on build problems
  • Milestone Planner – planner for deadline/outcome driven environments
  • 5pm – Online project management tool
  • TimeBill – Replicon task management tool
  • AgileZen – project management visually see and interact with your work
  • GoPlan – collaborative project management
  • Unfuddle –hosted project management solution for software teams
  • Taskpoint – online project mgmt and collaboration
  • Centroy – online project mgmt
  • Do[Box] – project mgmt, save, resuse and share project models
  • Projify – simplified project management
  • Mavenlink – manage project communications, documents, schedules, budgets, payments
  • NeuLexa – enterprise project mgmt
  • ProcedureRock – operations and procedures mgmt
  • Userlike – live chat software for websites
  • Industrial Logic – Agile eLearning
  • PMToolkit – project management templates
  • Kanbanchi – dashboard/collaboration tool for Google Apps
  • Sandglaz – online team collaboration

Product Roadmaps for Product Managers

  • Wizeline – create product roadmaps
  • Aha! – roadmapping software for product managers
  • ProdPad – create product roadmaps

Bug/Issue Tracking

  • Bugherd – simple issue tracking for web developers
  • Lighthouse – Issue Tracking Tool
  • Sifter – hosted bug and issue tracking
  • Toggle – time tracking tool
  • Fogbugz -bug tracking, project mgmt, customer support
  • Bontq – hosted bug tracking and project management needs
  • WakaTime – Automatic time tracking for your text editor
  • Intervals – time tracking and task management
  • Preceden – simple way to make timelines for presentations
  • RayGun – error tracking tool for software developers
  • ClickTime – online timesheets

Web Server Stress Testing

  • Google Page Speed – test your web page speed
  • Httperf– HP Web Server Performance tool
  • Siege – http load testing and benchmarking utility
  • Jmeter – java-based server load testing
  • Tourbus – ruby website load testing tool

Digital Asset Management



Self Created Products Selling Sites

  • Gumroad – sell your digital products directly to your audience
  • Etsy – buy and sell all things handmade
  • Amazon 3D printing store
  • Cafepress – buy and sell T-shirts, Personalized Gifts, Unique Mugs, Posters & More
  • Zazzle – buy and sell T-shirts, Personalized Gifts, and more
  • Folksy – buy and sell handmade gifts and crafts
  • RedBubble – art gallery & community
  • Storenvy – buy and sell goods and brands that inspire
  • Blurb – publish books

Credit Cards/Billing/Subscription Management/E-Store

  • Credit Cards/Payments
    • Square – accept credit cards from ipad/iphone/android
    • Stripe – accept credit cards on the web
    • Amazon Payments – login and pay with Amazon
    • CCBill – merchant services & credit card payments
    • GoCardless -accept direct debit payments
    • Balanced – Payments processing, escrow & payouts API
    • BancBox – Payments service platform
    • Paypal – the standard for payment
    • WePay –  payment API for platforms
    • E-Junkie – shopping cart plug-in for downloads and tangible goods
    • SendOwl – add a “Buy” button to your website
    • 2Checkout – accept payments globally; credit cards, paypal, debt cards
    • ShopLocket – ecommerce solution for hardware makers
    • Zombaio – billing for adult entertainment
    • Billpro – “high risk” merchant account & credit card processing
    • Braintree – online credit card merchant processing
    • Paymill – accept online payments on the web
    • FeeFighters – find the cheapest credit card processors
    • Venmo – make and share payments on your phone
Payments startups
periodic table of payments
  • Fraud Detection
  • Subscription Services
    • Memberful – sell memberships to your audience
    • ChartMogul – subscription analytics and revenue reporting
    • Cloudware City – online app store for subscription services
    • argebee – subscription & reoccurring billing
    • Recurly – Subscription billing
    • Spreedly – sell subscriptions on your site. signup, upgrade, trial pricing
    • Zuora – online subscription management
  • Online Store and Marketplace Creation
    • Shopify – create an online store
    • BigCommerce – ecommerce software & shopping cart
    • Yahoo Small Business – hosted ecomerce website
    • Volusion – shopping cart software, ecommerce & hosting
    • Lemonstand – cloud eCommerce platform for stores that do over 6 figures in sales
    • WooCommerce – free commerce toolkit for wordpress
    • Nearme – create your own branded marketplace
    • Bizwebs – create an online store
    • Shoprocket – sell on a website, blog or Facebook Page using a single line of code
    • Estoreify – create your own online store in just 5 minutes
    • Selz – sell on Facebook, WordPress, from any website w/PayPal
    • IndieMade – Create an artist website with a store, blog, galleries
    • BigCartel – shopping cart for artists, designers, bands, record labels, jewelry, crafters
    • SquareSpace – build a website with commerce
    • EStoreApp – a webstore in 5 minutes
    • PinnacleCart – shopping cart software, ecommerce & hosting
    • CoreCommerce – online store & shopping cart software
    • Fortune3 – shopping cart software, ecommerce & hosting
    • EKMPowershop – create an online store using templates
    • Paddle – create an online store for games, apps and content
    • Retargeting – trigger live and email responses based on consumer behavior in online stores
  • Donations
  • Postmaster – Integrate package shipping, tracking  and notification into your app

Customer Support/Feedback/Engagement

  • Nirror – live support/watch playback of customer actions on your site
  • Conversica – AI software for marketing, virtual sales assistant
  • Tender – support, knowledgebase tool for your site
  • GetSatisfaction – conversations between companies / customers
  • Triibe – incentive-based customer service
  • HelpJuice – knowledge base to scale customer support and collaboration between teams
  • Zendesk – web help software
  • Raaft – customer retention feedback
  • – machine learning for customer success
  • Rollio – CRM now listens via Natural Language Processing
  • Clickdesk – Help desk, live chat, social toolbar
  • Zopim – real time customer support/live chat
  • HelpScout – simple setup, easy integration, help desk software
  • Desk – from Salesforce, easy and simple; email/social/chat/phone
  • SnapEngage – live chat integrates with your apps
  • Freshdesk – completely unique never seen before web help software
  • Olark – live customer chat and customer loyalty
  • LiveChat – live customer chat, archives of conversations
  • Groove – simple online Help Desk
  • VisitorEngage – behavioral-based feedback button, surveys & website notifications
  • Assistly – Support customers by Web, email, chat, and social networks
  • Vision Helpdesk – Support for multiple companies from one place
  • OneDesk – ideation to delivery and support issues, tickets, tasks
  • HappyFox – collate, categorize and respond to all requests
  • CustomerSure –  online customer service, feedback into retention
  • HelpSpot – Helpdesk software
  • Webengage – engagement; website survey, feedback and notification tool
  • SupportBee – help customers via email, robust ticketing
  • JitBit – Help desk ticketing system, cloud and on premises versions
  • HelpRace – helpdesk, knowledge base and a feedback community in one platform
  • NetHelpDesk – Exchange sync, Smartphone apps

Testimonials/Social Reviews

  • PostKudos – collect customer testimonials
  • Yotpo – social reviews for eCommerce
  • Kayako – Help desk
  • UserVoice – turn customer feedback into action
  • Kampyle – turn customer feedback into sales and relationships

Recruiting Tools

Password Managers

Password API’s

  • Authy – add two-factor authentication to your sites
  • Userbin – add two-factor authentication to your sites

Misc Office Help

Phone Systems


  • InDinero – easy business finance software
  • ZenPayroll – delightful employee payroll software
  • WagePoint – online payroll for small businesses
  • Freshbooks – cloud accounting and invoicing
  • Gusto – payroll software for accountants
  • Autotax – eFile IRS 1099 forms
  • Expensify – billing, expenses, receipts
  • BambooHR – Employee Records, Benefit Information, Payroll Data, etc.
  • Harvest – online time tracking
  • Xobni – Outlook plugin to search
  • Think-Cell – Powerpoint (windows) plug-in for advanced charting
  • QuoteRoller – create, deliver and negotiate proposals online
  • WordsRU – proofreading and editing service
  • iProsh – manage your office and workspace online
  • RescueTime – time mgmt software, work/life balance
  • Boomerang – scheduled sending and email reminders for gmail
  • Slack – team communication
  • TradeAbility – free tool from UPS – estimate costs and duty fees and international shipping restrictions
  • Freemind – free mind-mapping software
  • FoxOMS – resource mgmt and scheduling for film, TV and creative businesses
  • FindStringers – freelance journalism marketplace

Outsourcing/Freelance Help

  • Amazon Mechanical Turk – set up any task and get answers
  • Owork – find/hire freelancers
  • SkillsHive – become a/hire freelancer online
  • Upwork – hire low-cost international engineering talent
  • Gigster – hire a quality developer
  • Freelancer – outsourcing for small business
  • VWorker – find/hire freelancers
  • GroupTalent – developers and designers on demand
  • BusinessTalentGroup – consultants and executives on demand
  • Tongal – get creative work -TV commercials, social videos, music videos, branded entertainment on demand
  • Handy – outsource home cleaning, Ikea assembly, handyman
  • TaskRabbit – outsource errands and skilled tasks
  • Medicast – house call doctors on demand

Chips/Hardware Resources/Tools


  • ROS – Robot Operating System – open source framework for writing robot software
  • Artoo – Ruby micro-framework for robotics based on sinatra
  • Gazebo – 3d Robot simulation software
  • MRPT – Mobile robotics C++ libraries
  • OpenPilot – Open Source UAV autopilot
  • Paparazzi – open-source hardware and software  autopilot  for fixedwing & multicopters
  • DIYDrones – community for amateur UAV’s
  • QGroundControl – open source UAV ground control operator station
  • DroneDeploy – outsourced drones
  • Navio+ – raspberry pi autopilot
  • Dronebase – Get imagery & video via drone
  • Prandtl – physics-based CAD for drones

Software Defined Radio (SR)

  • HackRF SDR Tutorial – great intro to SDR
  • Software Defined Radio Basic Tutorial – Schuyler St. Leger at Desert Code Camp
  • GNU Radio – open source software defined radio
    • GqrxSDR – open source SDR built on GNU Radio
    • GRSatellites – GNU Satellite telemetry decoders built on GNU Radio
  • NooElec – $20 USB RTL-SDR Receiver R820T2 tuner 25MHz-1750MHz
  • HDSDR –  freeware Software Defined Radio (SDR) for Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10.
  • HDSDR on OSX – freeware Software Defined Radio (SDR) for Mac OS X
  • ETTUS Research – hardware for software defined radio
  • HackRF – software defined radio 10 MHz to 6 GHz
    • HackRF One – software defined radio half-duplex transceiver, 1 MHz – 6 GHz
    • rad10 – SDR half-duplex transceiver, 50 MHz – 4 GHz works with HackRF
  • OsmoSDR – Software based small form-factor inexpensive Software Defined Radio
  • LimeSDR – open source SDR
  • Nuanced – USB 3.0 software defined radio 300MHz – 3.8GHz
  • FUNCube dongle – software defined radio150kHz to 1.9GHz
  • BladeRf x40 – low-cost USB 3.0 Software Defined Radio
  • Ethos Research – software defined radio development platforms
  • SDR Showdown – HackRF vs bladeRF vs USRP tutorial
  • FlexRadio – software defined radio for ham operators
  • LoRa Alliance – low power wide area network
  • Sigfox –  cellular tech for IoT
  • Ingenu – dedicated IoT connection
  • Beep Networks – real world data to the cloud
  • RTL-SDR – news and projects blog
  • GNURadioCompanion – a graphical tool for creating signal flow graphs and generating flow-graph source code


  • AudioKit – audio synthesis, processing and analysis
  • Essentia – open-source C++ library for audio analysis and audio-based music information retrieval
  • Csound – a C-based audio programming language
  • SuperCollider – environment and programming language for real time audio synthesis and algorithmic composition

Contract Manufacturers/Startup Design/Prototype/Manufacturing Consultants/Helpers

  • Macrofab – software platform view into a contract manufacturer
  • Fusion PCB – hardware platform for Makers
  • PCH – product design, engineering/development, manufacturing, packaging,  fulfillment, etc
  • Proto Services – ISO 9001/2000 certified manufacturing in Silicon Valley
  • The Build Shop – 3D printing and Laser cutting shop in LA
  • MakeSimply – sourcing and manufacturing services
  • Jatco – plastic molding and manufacturing in Silicon Valley
  • Studio Fathom – Prototype Fabrication & Bridge-to-Production Services
  • Fictiv  – order 3D parts easily for hardware prototyping
  • Dix Metals – provider of precision-cut, machine-ready blanks
  • Tempo Automation – desktop pick and place robot automates surface mount assembly
  • Dragon Innovation – works with startups to provide a clear from prototype through production with manufacturing expertise and trusted connections
  • MakeSimply – idea to production, simplified – get MVPs, get products into production

Electronic Prototyping

  • Circuit Simulation Tools
    • CircuitLabs – schematic editor and circuit simulator
    • Yosys – open source Verilog synthesis suite
    • arachne – open source Place and route tool for FPGAs
    • PartSim – online SPICE circuit simulator
    • LTSPICE4 – free analog SPICE simulator
    • ADS –  design automation software for RF, microwave, high speed digital, and power electronics
    • EasyEDA – circuit simulation, PCB design, Electronic circuit design online for free
    • DoCircuits – schematic editor and circuit simulator
    • CEDAR – logic simulator
    • Quiet – circuit simulator with GUI
    • CiruitMod – circuit simulator
    • Falstad – In browser circuit simulator
    • ELN – minecraft mod for in-game circuit simulation
    • Ansys HFSS – electromagnetic (EM) simulation software for wireless and RF
    • Ansys SIwave – design platform for power integrity, signal integrity and EMI analysis of IC packages and PCBs
  • Power Supply Design Tools
  • HardwareHacker – DIY Basic projects
  • Hacked Gadgets – DIY Tech
  • HackersCatalog – technical bookstore
  • Hackaday,io – hardware projects
  • – hardware blog
  • Teensy – USB development board
  • Hopper – OSX and Linux disassembler
  • Binwalk – firmware analysis tool
  • Intel Edison – computer board w/atom processor, wifi, open source tools
  • LittleBits – DIY electronics for prototypes and learning
  • CircuitStickers – peel and stick electronics. great for kids 1st projects
  • DangerousPrototype – open source hardware projects
  • Fritzing – opensource hardware community
  • Beagle Board – Open. ARM. Low cost, low power, open hardware expandible computer running latest Ubuntu and Android.
  • Saleae – Low cost logic analyzer
  • Hardware Debugging and monitoring tools
  • Microsemi (Actel) smartfusion: A low power development board full of peripherals and an FPGA chip
  • FPGA Wiki – Hamsterworks
  • FPGA Development Boards Review – Joel Williams

Electronics Component Suppliers

Manufacturing Resources

unbundling Honeywell

3D Printers

Building information modeling

  • Autodesk Revit – BIM solutions
  • FreeCAD – opensource parametric 3d CAD modeler
  • CadQuery  -python library for building parametric 3D CAD models
  • Vectorworks – 2/3D CAD and BIM solution
  • SketchUp – Google 3D modeling
  • BIMx – sharing hypermodels
  • BIMcloud – BIM in the Cloud
  • AllPlan – EU BIM software
  • OpenBIM – home of Open BIM collaboration via the IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) file format

Low cost 3D/CAM Software

auto startups

3D Printing Services

3d printer market

Custom Machine Parts/Industrial Supplies

3D Software

CubeSats /  Nanosatellites

Life Science Resources

Medical Device Resources – Stanford Biodesign 

Medical Device Resources – General


Synthetic Biology

Digital Health

digital health
mobile digital health


Market Research Tools

Private “pay for market research” firms


U.S. State/Canada/Federal Open Data

Solar & Renewables Open Data

Other Governments Open Data

Research Data


Open Company Data/Stats/API

Open Mapping

Genomic/BioMed Data

Public or University library Resources:

Market Research Resources Online


Starting and Running a Startup Advice

Best Startup Advice

Incorporating Your Company

Entrepreneurship Reading List

Entrepreneurship Online

Startups Data

  • Mattermark – quantifying company growth for startup investors
  • Compass – Turn data into actionable insights
  • AngelList – connecting startups and angels

Coworking Spaces

Angel/SuperAngel Investors

Corporate vc’s

VC’s Focused on Commercializing University Technology


Incubator List/ Startup Jobs

Advice on Raising Startup Capital

Cap Tables / Valuation

Venture Capital Financing

Boilerplate Venture Funding Documents

Building/Managing Your Board

Intellectual Property Advice

Founder Equity Issues


Executive / Advisory Board Compensation

Public Relations (PR) For Tech Companies

Finance 101 for Entrepreneurs


Saas vs. Enterprise Churn Rates

Saas vs. Enterprise Churn Rates

Web/Mobile/Marketplace Revenue Models

Commission Fees

Burn Rate/Balance Sheet

Product Pricing 101 for Entrepreneurs

Channel Partners

Getting Acquired


Fighting Patent Trolls

Corporate Innovation Programs

List of Investment Platforms

Education Startups

Edtech investors
eduation software
New Schools EdTech Map
ed tech mkt map
Higher Ed tech landscape

q2 2015 ed tech startups

China – Doing Business

china ecosystem
2015 china top100 brands

China Blogs

China Military Books/Blogs

Japan – Doing Business

Must Read Blogs

venture blogs

More to read

Lean LaunchPad Videos

This is the complete list of Launchpad Video clips created to date and sorted by topic:

TCTeaching Critigues
SLStudent Learning
CDCustomer Discovery series
UCBUC Berkeley LaunchPad Spring ’13 series
UCSFUCSF Life Science & Healthcare Launchpad Fall ‘2013 series

Mentor Training

  1. Lean LaunchPad Mentor Training UCSF

General Discussion

  1. How Large Will You Scale? (03:03) TC UCB
  2. What If You’re a Visionary? – Risks & Rewards (4:53) SL UCSF
  3. Your Startup: Do You Want to Spend 3 to 4 Years Doing This? (5:14) TC UCSF
  4. Don’t Let the MVP Limit Your Vision (03:40) TC UCB

Customer Discovery

  1. “It Saved Us Several Years” (1:45) SL UCSF
  2. Stop Telling Yourself What You Want to Believe (1.39) SL UCSF
  3. Narrowing the Focus (1:21) SL UCSF
  4. Why PI’s and Founders Need to Get Out of the Building (2:15) SL UCSF
  5. “This Was the Best Outcome” (2:50) SL UCSF
  6. Getting to the “Better Idea” Faster (3:59) SL UCSF
  7. Insights on: Does Customer Development Work in Therapeutics? (6:11) UCSF
  8. The Phases of Customer Discovery (0:37) CD

Before Leaving the Building

  1. Pre-Planning Contacts (4:34) CD
  2. Customer Interview Dry Runs (0:49) CD
  3. Discovery is for Founders (1:30) CD
  4. Pass/Fail Experiments (1:32) CD

Outside the Building

  • Rules of Customer Interviews
  1. Being Aggressive (1:29) CD
  2. Conducting a Customer Interview (1:30) CD
  3. Letting the Customer Interview Flow (1:37) CD
  4. Sizing the Opportunity (2:50) CD
  5. Finding Patterns (1:50) CD
  6. Looking for Insights (0:58) CD
  • Early Mistakes to Avoid
  1. Death by PowerPoint (1:42) CD
  2. Death by Demo 1 (2:18) CD
  3. Death by Demo 2 (1:45) CD
  4. Understanding the Problem (3:22) CD
  5. Multi-Person Interview (2:03) CD
  6. Assuming You Know (1:56) CD
  7. B-to-B to C (2:15) CD
  8. Existing vs. New Markets (5:29) CD
  9. Asking the Right Question (2:37) CD
  10. Public Interviews (2:11) CD

Understanding What the Customer Is Telling You

  1. Engaging the Customer (3:37) CD
  2. Customer Empathy (2:25) CD
  3. The Distracted Customer (3:12) CD
  4. Customers Lie (2:37)
  5. The User, the Buyer & the Saboteur (2:24) CD

Back in the Building

  1. Extracting Insight from Data (2:59) CD
  2. Pay Attention to Outliers (2:16) CD
  3. Getting the MVP Right (3:34) CD
  4. The “Other 85%” (2:32) CD
  5. Finding Early Evangelists (1:17) CD
  6. Communicating Your Discoveries (2:26) CD

Value Proposition

  1. Pivoting…or Groping for a Business Model? (02:37) TC UCB
  2. Seduced by Insufficient Data (02:34) TC UCB

Customer Relationships

  1. Insights on: Customer Relationships – Week 4 (12:00) UCSF
  2. Use Customers to Find More Customers (02:22) TC UCB
  3. Customer Conversion (03:22) TC UCB

Customer Segments

  1. Insights on: Customer Segments – Week 2 (12:43) UCSF
  2. Estimating Market Size (01:49) SL UCB
  3. Customer Workflow (02:10) SL UCB
  4. Customer Discovery / Customer Archetype (04:04) SL UCB
  5. Customer Archetypes; Hypotheses & Experiments (03:21) SL UCB
  6. Customer Segments & Customer Archetypes (03:47) SL UCB
  7. The Fog of Entrepreneurship (03:01) TC UCB
  8. At the Start, All Your Stakeholders Are Customers (02:32) TC UCB
  9. Square Pegs & Round Holes – Mira Medicine (4:33) TC UCSF


  1. Insights on: Channels – Week 3 (14:52) UCSF
  2. Framing the Experiment (02:27) TC UCB
  3. Distribution Channels: One Data Point Is Not a Test (02:37) TC UCB

Revenue Streams

  1. Value Based Pricing – “We Were Gobsmacked!” (6:43) SL UCSF
  2. Insights on: Revenue Streams – Week 5 (17:04) UCSF
  3. The Importance of Experiments (03:57) TC UCB
  4. Validating Product Pricing (03:55) TC UCB

Key Partners

  1. Insights on: Key Partners – Week 6 (17:08) UCSF
  2. Listen Carefully for Customer Discovery (03:20) TC UCB
  3. The Timing of Partnerships (03:46) TC UCB

Key Activities & Key Resources

  1. Insights on: Science Advisory Boards (4:53) UCSF
  2. Insights on: Resources, Activities & Costs (12:26) UCSF
  3. No Laundry Lists. Just Facts! (02:43) TC UCB

Final Video

  1. Accelerated Medical Diagnostics: Final Video (2:41) SL UCSF
  2. Knox: Final Video (2:17) SL UCSF
  3. Magnamosis: Final Video (2:51) SL UCSF
  4. Making Friends: Final Video (2:19) SL UCSF
  5. Mira Medicine: Final Video (2:23) SL UCSF
  6. ResultCare: Final Video (3:08) SL UCSF
  7. Final Video (3:48) SL UCSF
  8. Vitruvian Therapeutics: Final Video (8:34) SL UCSF

Final Presentations

  1. Knox: Final Presentation (8:33) SL UCSF
  2. Magnamosis: Final Presentation (10:19) SL UCSF
  3. Making Friends: Final Presentation (8:38) SL UCSF
  4. Mira Medicine: Final Presentation (9:26) SL UCSF
  5. ResultCare: Final Presentation (11:34) SL UCSF
  6. Final Presentation (16:45) SL UCSF
  7. Vitruvian Therapeutics: Final Presentation (8:34) SL UCSF

“Getting Your Story Straight” – David Riemer on Storytelling

  1. Story Narrative and Product Narrative (10:24) UCSF
  2. Story & Storytelling (4:35) UCSF
  3. The Power of Story (10:24) UCSF
  4. Story Structure (10:24) UCSF
  5. The Main Character (9:27) UCSF
  6. The Main Conflict (6:13) UCSF
  7. Story Challenges & Solutions (2:03) UCSF
  8. Telling a Great Story (13:16) UCSF


Some of the material I have created or use in my classes does not lend itself to blogs. It’s more reference material. Thus, these pages.  I’ll add more as time goes on. See my slide/video links

Tenacity If you’ve gotten this far, here is a visual representation of tenacity and persistence.


Internet Trends 2009 by Mary Meeker, Bond

List of Contents

Mary Meeker’s most important trends on the internet

  1. E-commerce is now 15 percent of retail sales. Its growth has slowed — up 12.4 percent in Q1 compared with a year earlier — but still towers over growth in regular retail, which was just 2 percent in Q1.
  2. Internet ad spending accelerated in the US, up 22 percent in 2018. Most of the spending is still on Google and Facebook, but companies like Amazon and Twitter are getting a growing share. Some 62 percent of all digital display ad buying is for programmatic ads, which will continue to grow.
  3. Customer acquisition costs — the marketing spending necessary to attract each new customer — is going up. That’s unsustainable because in some cases it surpasses the long-term revenue those customers will bring. Meeker suggests cheaper ways to acquire customers, like free trials and unpaid tiers.
  4. There are a number of problems ahead for targeted advertising, including GDPR impact and other regulation, as well as pushes for more privacy from hardware and software companies like Apple and Facebook.
  5. Americans are spending more time with digital media than ever: 6.3 hours a day in 2018, up 7 percent from the year before. Most of that growth is coming from mobile and other connected devices, while time spent on computers declines. People are also getting more concerned about time spent online, as more than a quarter of US adults say they’re “almost constantly online.”
  6. Innovation at tech companies outside the US has remained robust. Popular areas include fulfillment, delivery, and payments.
  7. Images are increasingly the means by which people communicate, as technology developments like faster wifi and better phone cameras have encouraged a surge in image taking. More than 50 percent of Twitter impressions now involve posts with images, video or other media; Twitter used to be text-only.
  8. The number of interactive gamers worldwide grew 6 percent to 2.4 billion people last year, as interactive games like Fortnite become the new social media for certain people. The number of people who watch those games — rather than participate — is swelling, too.
  9. As privacy becomes a bigger selling point, expect more options to make your online communications safe. In Q1, 87 percent of global web traffic was encrypted, up from 53 percent three years ago.
  10. The internet will become more of a cesspool: Getting rid of problematic content becomes more difficult on a large scale, and the very nature of internet communication allows that content to be amplified much more than before. Some issues: 42 percent of US teens have experienced offensive name-calling online, terrorists are being radicalized on sites like YouTube, and social media has encouraged increased political polarization.
  11. Of the top 25 most valuable tech companies, 60 percent were founded by first- or second-generation immigrants. They employed 1.9 million people last year. New stricter immigration laws could negatively impact the tech industry and perhaps prevent our next Elon Musk from getting to the US.
  12. Health care is steadily becoming more digitized. Expect more telemedicine and on-demand consultations.