2021 Top 5 Free Tools for Early Stage Tech Startups

A must-read for early-stage startup founders & tech teams

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As an early-stage founder or tech team manager, your ability to carefully vet and select the right tools early on can save you thousands of dollars now and for the long term.

With the plethora of tools in the market aimed at addressing these problems, a few stand out and do exceptionally well at that. As an early-stage founder or tech team manager, your ability to carefully vet and select the right tools early on can save you thousands of dollars now and for the long term.

  • Pricing
  • Ease of Use
  • Scalability
  1. Slack
  2. Auth0
  3. MongoDB Atlas
  4. Heroku

Asana (Productivity)

Asana is a project, team & progress management tool with an overwhelming list of features and free tools for individuals and teams to take advantage of. One exciting aspect of this tool is that it is scalable to support whatever team size or workflow your business requires.

  • Unlimited file storage
  • Up to 15 teammates
  • Time tracking
  • List and Board views for projects
  • Mobile and Web support

Slack ( Communication)

Slack helps you stay connected with your teammates while worlds apart.

  • Easy integrations with up to 10 of your favorite app (Google Drive, Office 365, Github, and much more)
  • Free audio and video calls with your teammates.
  • Easily organize workflows with channels
  • Webhooks (easily set up your CI/CD tools to notify your team of events)
  • Mobile, Desktop and Web support

Auth0 ( Authentication & Authorization)

For startups and teams building applications that require some sort of authentication/authorization for their users, auth0 takes away 70–80% of the work involved in setting this up.

  • Easy to set up integration with other social authentication providers (Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, and much more)
  • Export your users' information with a few clicks
  • Awesome documentation and test tools
  • Unlimited logins
  • Multiple applications support
  • Easy to use dashboard for user management and support

MongoDB Atlas (Data Storage)

MongoDB Atlas prides itself as the most innovative cloud database service on the market, with unmatched data distribution and mobility across AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud, built-in automation for resource and workload optimization, and so much more.

  • Snapshots and Backups
  • Between 512MB to 5GB of free storage
  • Easy to set up and use web interface
  • A plethora of supporting tools and features (Charts, Atlas Data Lake, Search, Realm, etc)

Heroku (Cloud Hosting Services)

Heroku gives you the simplest path to delivering apps quickly. Whether you’re building a simple prototype or a business-critical product, Heroku has an automated workflow for you.

  • Easily deploy with Git or Docker
  • Custom Domains
  • One-Click deploys
  • Super simple dashboard and analytics interface
  • Phenomenal CLI tool
  • Wide range of language support: Node.js, Ruby, Java, PHP, Python, Go, Scala, Clojure

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