A few months ago I posted an entry about online services I subscribe to personally. Since then my startup has been funded and I'm even more so looking for ways to leverage online services for productivity gains.
So some of these are repeats, but a bunch are new. I'm really curious about what other startups are using successfully, i.e. what I'm missing.
- What: 3-way video calling.
- Why: hate going to meetings in person.
- Love: way more personal than phone and hands free.
- Hate: often peoples' Internet connections aren't fast enough for good video.
- What: online code repository.
- Why: easy private collaboration; nice organization support.
- Love: easy segmented collaboration.
- Hate: nothing.
- What: online fax.
- Why: my home fax sucks.
- Love: easy.
- Hate: feels expensive.
- What: cloud services.
- Why: run as primary host.
- Love: spin up new nodes in minutes across the world.
- Hate: dealing with EBS issues; instances fail more than (I think) they should.
- What: virtual (shared) servers.
- Why: shared development resource for community platform.
- Love: cheap, root access, no bs.
- Hate: larger plans expensive.
- What: server monitoring.
- Why: gives alerts when on-server things go awry.
- Love: Android notifications; alert types (exact process, system resources); great support.
- Hate: new alerts don't remember your default (usual) settings.
Update: Also check out a similar post from HelloFax.
Full disclosure: HipChat, HelloFax, DNSMadeEasy, Linode and FancyHands links above have embedded affiliate codes. (I really want some custom emoticons from HipChat!)
Update: We also heavily use Asana (for project management). I didn't include it because it is free, but it is worth noting.
Update 2: more good comments on HN.