211 Startup Tools, Posts & Resources for B2B Entrepreneurs in 2021


There are thousands of startup tools and resources out there, with more coming online every week. As a B2B founder trying to save startup runway and minimize time to product-market fit, it’s sometimes difficult to differentiate what will help from the things that will distract you from your goals.

To help founders get set up with the best startup tools and resources, I put together a list of tried and tested tools, resources, and key posts, categorized by focus areas. You can refer back to this list as your business challenges change and evolve over time. Here it is:

Startup Tools, Posts & Resources for B2B Entrepreneurs

Essentials

  1. 57 things I’ve learned founding three companies by Jason Goldberg
  2. All the Startup Advice You Read is Wrong by Evan Williams
  3. Camels and Rubber Duckies by Joel Spolsky
  4. Creating Startup Success 101 by Steve Blank
  5. Don’t Build a Sexy Startup by Jordan Skole
  6. First, ten by Seth Godin
  7. How New Ideas Almost Killed Our Startup by Vinicius Vacanti
  8. How to break the rules by Dan North
  9. How to Start a Startup by Sam Altman
  10. Pivot, don’t jump to a new vision by Eric Ries
  11. The 15 Best Entrepreneur Books Founders Should Read in 2021
  12. The Long, Slow SaaS Ramp of Death by Gail Goodman
  13. The unprofitable SaaS business model trap by Jason Cohen
  14. Three SaaS Sales Models by Joel York
  15. Why We’re Only Just at the Beginning of SaaS by Tom Tunguz
  16. Steve Blank’s Startup Tools for more startup tools :-)Resource
  17. B2B / Enterprise

  18. It’s damn hard to build an enterprise company by Ben Sesser
  19. Sean Murphy on the first dozen enterprise customers by Gabriel Weinberg
  20. The Main Differences Between B2C and B2B Startups
  21. The Zero Overhead Principle by DJ Patil
  22. Why David beats Goliath by Scott Barrington
  23. 🔒 B2B Value Proposition Exploration Worksheet to evaluate various value propositions Resource
  24. 🔒 Buying Influencer Map to track an organization’s buying influencesResource
  25. 🔒 Early Adopter Evaluation Grid to assess early adopters and find advocatesResource
  26. 🔒 Hypothesis Test Plan Template to track hypotheses and assumptionsResource
  27. 🔒 Money Map Template to evaluate business spendResource
  28. 🔒 Problem Evaluation Grid to score business problemsResource
  29. B2B Startup Ideas

  30. B2B Hacks – Getting from Consulting to Scalable Products by Alex Cowan
  31. Domain Experience Gives Entrepreneurs an Unfair Advantage by Mark Suster
  32. Don’t Follow Your Passion: A Smarter Way to Find a Product to Sell by Andrew Youderian
  33. How to Find B2B Business Ideas in Your Workplace
  34. How to Find Good Business Ideas in B2B and in the Enterprise
  35. Startup Advice: Build for Your Unfair Advantage by Fast Company
  36. Slack App Ideaboard for Slack app ideasResource
  37. Y Combinator’s Requests for Startups for fundable business ideasResource
  38. Business Partners

  39. 5 tips for choosing a co-founder by Michael McDerment
  40. An alternative to employee options/equity grants by Jason Fried
  41. Beginner’s Guide to Finding the Right Business Partner by Neil Patel
  42. Slicing Pie for equity splits and partnership agreementsTool
  43. Name & Branding

  44. How to Choose a Startup Name that Reduces Marketing Friction by Rand Fishkin
  45. How to Name Your Company by Julien Smith
  46. Coolors to explore color palettesTool
  47. Logojoy to create basic logos for startup toolsTool
  48. Namechk for domain name researchTool
  49. Business Incorporation

  50. Startup Cheat-Sheet: How to Incorporate Your Company by Tyler Tate
  51. CooleyGo’s Incorporation Package for templates from DelawareResource
  52. e-Residency Visas for Estonian/EU incorporationResource
  53. Stripe Atlas for US incorporationResource
  54. US Patent and Trademark Search to validate the availability of a business nameResource
  55. Clerky for legal paperworkTool
  56. Gust Launch for incorporation packagesTool
  57. Recruiting

  58. How to Hire a Product Manager by Ken Norton
  59. The Key to Hiring for Startups is to Build Buzz and Attract Talent To You by Ben Yoskovitz
  60. What to look for in a UI designer by Ryan Singer
  61. People

  62. 10,000 Hours with Reid Hoffman: What I Learned by Ben Casnocha
  63. Indecision Kills Startups by Ben Yoskovitz
  64. Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule by Paul Graham
  65. Why I Run a Flat Company by Jason Fried
  66. Fancy Hands for US-based virtual assistantsResource
  67. Fiverr to hire freelance helpResource
  68. Upwork to hire freelance helpResource
  69. Productivity

  70. 26 Time Management Hacks I Wish I’d Known at 20
  71. Do Things that Don’t Scale by Paul Graham
  72. How to Hire and Why Transparency Matters by Keith Rabois
  73. Sorry. My heart says yes, but my schedule says no by Dharmesh Shah
  74. Sanebox for busy email and inbox managementTool
  75. TextExpander for quick text inputTool
  76. Startup Tools, Posts & Resources for Customer Development

  77. 🔒 B2B Customer Discovery Interview Script for an early customer discovery interview scriptResource
  78. Customer Development Toolkit for Cindy Alvarez’s customer development templatesResource
  79. Go-to-Market / Product-Market-Fit Checklist for quick market sizingResource
  80. The Business Model Canvas for the classic business model canvasResource
  81. The buyer persona canvas for a buyer persona templateResource
  82. The Lean Canvas for the Lean CanvasResource
  83. LeanStack to track business learningTool
  84. Market Research

  85. 4 techniques and 6 tools to find your total addressable market by Elie Casa
  86. Customer Development Hacks for SaaS Startups by Lincoln Murphy
  87. How to Calculate Your B2B Startup’s Total Addressable Market
  88. Sales Safari by Amy Hoy
  89. Three more ways to build a $100 million business by Christoph Janz
  90. Follow.net for competitive insightsTool
  91. Google Trends for trending topics and competitive researchTool
  92. Metrics

  93. Activate Tech and Media Outlook 2016 by Activate
  94. How to Choose the Right Analytics Platform for Your Business
  95. Excel template for cohort analyses in SaaS for cohort analysesResource
  96. Startup Metrics for Pirates (A.A.R.R.R. framework) for startup metrics trackingResource
  97. Amplitude for product analytics and retention analysesTool
  98. Hotjar for landing page heatmaps and feedbackTool
  99. Customer Research

  100. How To Write Great Surveys with Actionable Data Results by Ben Yoskovitz
  101. Kano Model – How to delight your customers by Lawrence Phillips
  102. Ask Your Target Market for online market researchResource
  103. MerchantWords for Amazon keyword researchResource
  104. Product Habits SaaS Early Access for an example of an early surveyResource
  105. Zintro to connect with expertsResource
  106. Delighted for quick net promoter score surveysTool
  107. Five Second Test to understand first impressions of a landing pageTool
  108. Google Alerts to monitor keywords and competitorsTool
  109. Promoter.io for quick net promoter score surveysTool
  110. PMF Survey for Sean Ellis’s Product-Market fit surveysTool
  111. UserTesting.com for quick remote user testing of startup toolsTool
  112. Parlor.io for customer feedback managementTool
  113. Product-Market Fit

  114. 5 Ways to Identify Product / Market Fit by David Cummings
  115. Building the lean startup startupifier by Fred Lalonde
  116. Minimize your Time to Product/Market Fit by Andrew Chen
  117. The only thing that matters by Marc Andreessen
  118. The Lean B2B course to build products businesses buyResource
  119. Minimum Viable Products

  120. The Dos and Don’ts of Minimum Viable Products for B2B Startups
  121. The Next Feature Fallacy by Andrew Chen
  122. Noun Project for icon research and inspirationResource
  123. Pexels for free stock photosResource
  124. Stock photos that don’t suck by Dustin SenosResource
  125. Unsplash for free high-res stock imagesResource
  126. Carrd to build quick landing pagesTool
  127. Placeit to create quick product mockupsTool
  128. Ship by Product Hunt to build quick landing pagesTool
  129. Unbounce to build quick landing pagesTool
  130. Posts & Startup Tools for Investment

  131. 8 Questions on How to Prepare for VC Meetings by Ben Yoskovitz
  132. How investors use metrics to evaluate, pick, and reject startups by Andrew Chen
  133. It’s ‘Shocking’ That Startups Are Ignoring A $500 Billion Market by Julie Bort
  134. The Anatomy of a Fundable Startup by Naval Ravikant
  135. The Most Important Startup Question by David Skok
  136. VC Math by Homan Yuen
  137. We’re Raising $3.5m in Funding: Here is the Valuation, Term Sheet and Why We’re Doing It by Joel Gascoigne
  138. What should I send investors? Part 1: Elevator Pitch by Babak Nivi
  139. Pitch

  140. The 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint by Guy Kawasaki
  141. The Greatest Sales Pitch I’ve Seen All Year by Andy Raskin
  142. Deckset to create quick decksTool
  143. Investors & Accelerators

  144. B2B Angel Investors to find angel investors in B2BResource
  145. Designer Fund to raise funding as a designerResource
  146. Innovation Nest to raise capitalResource
  147. 🔒 List of 50+ B2B VC Funds & Accelerators to find B2B-focused investors and acceleratorsResource
  148. Slack Fund to raise funding for startup tools from SlackResource
  149. Benchmarks

  150. 2017 Private SaaS Company Survey – Part 1 to benchmark sales and go-to-market strategiesResource
  151. 2017 Private SaaS Company Survey – Part 2 to benchmark sales and go-to-market strategiesResource
  152. State of Startups 2017 for overall startup benchmarksResource
  153. Legal

  154. Business-in-a-Box for more specific legal documentsResource
  155. Docracy for open legal documentsResource
  156. Startup Documents for free legal documents by Y CombinatorResource
  157. Earth Class Mail for postal mail managementTool
  158. Peter for a cool AI-based lawyerTool
  159. Startup Tools, Posts & Resources for Finances

  160. Financial planning for SaaS startups
  161. SaaS Financial Plan 2.0 for basic SaaS financesResource
  162. Runway to monitor cashflowTool
  163. Payment

  164. Gumroad to sell digital productsTool
  165. MoonClerk as a quick UI for StripeTool
  166. Podia to sell digital products and training materialTool
  167. Stripe to accept credit card paymentsTool
  168. Banking

  169. Silicon Valley Bank for payroll and regular bankingTool
  170. Startup Tools, Posts & Resources for Sales

  171. How to Persuade People to Accept an “Unfair” Offer by Dean Rieck
  172. How to use the 5 WHY approach
  173. Scaling outbound sales to 1M run rate by Greg Pietruszyński
  174. Use This 4 Part Framework To Write Cold Emails That Actually Get a Response by Dan Martell
  175. 101 Sales Email Templates You Can Use to Close More Deals for inspiration when doing cold reachoutsResource
  176. Stackshare to find the technology stack of businessesResource
  177. BuiltWith to find the technology stack of businessesTool
  178. Calendly to schedule appointmentsTool
  179. Clearbit Connect to find email addressesTool
  180. Datanyze to find the technology stack of businessesTool
  181. DiscoverOrg to find hidden people in organizationsTool
  182. Drift for live chat and automationsTool
  183. Email Hunter to find email addressesTool
  184. Gong.io for sales training and pitch monitoringTool
  185. Reply for sales trackingTool
  186. Siftery to find the technology stack of businessesTool
  187. Streak to send cold emails and as CRM in GmailTool
  188. Zoom Info to find email addressesTool
  189. Customer Success

  190. Customer Success: The Definitive Guide by Lincoln Murphy
  191. Managing Customer Success to Reduce Churn by David Skok
  192. User Onboard for product onboarding inspirationResource
  193. Totango for customer scoring and customer successTool
  194. Startup Tools, Posts & Resources for Marketing

  195. 100+ Effective Tactics to Promote Your Blog Content
  196. Startup Marketing: How to Find Your Customer Acquisition Channels by Ryan Farley
  197. Growth Is Good, But Retention Is 4+Ever by Brian Balfour
  198. Our Customers Love Us. Why Aren’t They Doing More For Us? by Brian Gladstein
  199. Niche to Win, Baby by Dave McClure
  200. Real Unfair Advantages by Jason Cohen
  201. Is It Worth the Time? to evaluate ROIResource
  202. Highlights | Content & Email Marketing Analytics for Marketers and Bloggers
    for traffic and email marketing monitoringTool
  203. Startup Growth Calculator to evaluate growth trajectoriesTool
  204. Startuplister to quickly promote a startupTool
  205. Pricing

  206. 4 pricing principles to never forget by Des Traynor
  207. B2B Pricing: Emotional & Economic Value | OpenView Labs by Steven Forth
  208. Data shows SaaS discounting lowers SaaS LTV by over 30% by Patrick Campbell
  209. Don’t Just Roll the Dice – A usefully short guide to software pricing by Neil Davidson
  210. How do I raise prices? by Jason Cohen
  211. How-To Price Your Software Product by Ben Yoskovitz
  212. Scalable Pricing: A Key Tool For SaaS Success by David Skok
  213. The Three SaaS Levers that Drive Growth and Keep You From Plateauing by Lars Lofgren
  214. Transaction Price to Transaction Quantity to evaluate business modelsResource
  215. Email Marketing

  216. 19 Email Testing Tools to Make Your Campaigns Successful Before They Start
  217. Goodbits for email copy and design inspirationResource
  218. Lead Magnet Bible: 29 Killer Bribes To Grow Your Email List for content upgrade ideasResource
  219. Lifecycle Marketing: 135 Email Examples, Inspiration and Best Practices for email marketing inspirationResource
  220. The messaging starter kit for customer engagement to create quick product onboarding sequences for startup toolsResource
  221. Intercom for live chat and email automation. One of my favorite startup toolsTool
  222. MailChimp for newsletters and email marketingTool
  223. MailMunch for email signup forms and lead captureTool
  224. Really Good Emails for email copy and design inspirationResource
  225. Customer Acquisition

  226. 30-day trial? 14-day? Freemium? Here’s why it probably doesn’t matter by Madkudu
  227. 99% Of Our Users Are Not Paying – And It’s Perfectly Fine by François Grante
  228. Freemium Summit Recap by Mark MacLeod
  229. The Importance of Product-Channel Fit in Freemium by Kieran Flanagan
  230. The state of freemium in SaaS by Patrick Campbell
  231. Social Media

  232. Buffer for social media managementTool
  233. BuzzSumo for content and influencer researchTool
  234. Followerwonk for social media researchTool
  235. Meet Edgar for back catalogue content sharingTool
  236. Business Exits

  237. When Should You Sell Your Startup? by Jason Lemkin
  238. FE International to purchase/sell a SaaS businessResource
  239. Flippa to purchase/sell a websiteResource
  240. Lever Technology to sell a working productResource
  241. Quietlight Brokerage to sell a working productResource
  242. Think3 to sell a working productResource

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This list of startup tools, posts, and resources will grow and evolve over time. If you see any mistakes or have suggestions to make, just tweet at @leanb2b.

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