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Updated by Jack Smith on Dec 21, 2016
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10 Best Free Tools for Startups - Octoparse

This is my list of 10 best free tools for startup businesses, as there are tons of tools you might think they are the best for your business. They covers different uses and needs including data analysis, data collection, CRM and such. I hope you will find them useful for your business.


Google Analytics is a freemium website analytics platform provided by Google. It is a great tool for startups to demographics, sales funnel and website traffic. GA presents you a whole customer picture across websites, tablets, mobile phones social media and such.

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Octoparse is a free web scraper for data collection. It turns unstructured data from any websites into visual formats like CSV, Excel, TXT. Startups that need large amount of data can create your own APIs. Here are some common usage scenarios.

a) Real estate agents: real estate listings gathering/gather already listed properties

b) Email address gathering: scrape leads from directories such as yelp/lead generation

c) Product information scraping: scrape products reviews/scrape products from retailer or manufacturer websites/price comparison/reputation comparison

d) Website creators: scrape search engine results for seo tracking/scrape news websites to apply custom analysis/scrape competitors websites

e) Social media/network scraping: scrape people profiles/monitor company pages to gather what people are saying

f) Research purposes

g) Travel sites/scrape health physicians from their clinic websites

XMind: The Most Popular Mind Mapping Software on The Planet.

XMind is the most professional and popular mind mapping tool. Millions of people use XMind to clarify thinking, manage complex information, run brainstorming and get work organized. - Digital World Market Intelligence Platform

Grow your market share with SimilarWeb's digital market intelligence platform. Compare website traffic statistics & analytics.


Dropbox simplifies the way you create, share and collaborate. Bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and keep your files safe.

Make Better Decisions with the World's #1 Survey Platform

Create and publish online surveys in minutes, and view results graphically and in real time. SurveyMonkey provides free online questionnaire and survey software.

Capture what’s on your mind

Collect, nurture, and share ideas across desktop and mobile platforms with Evernote. Your thoughts are always with you, always accessible, always in sync.

Use Asana to track your team's work & manage projects · Asana

It’s free to use, simple to get started, and powerful enough to run your entire business. Sign up for free today.

JIRA Software - Issue & Project Tracking for Software Teams | Atlassian

JIRA Software offers flexible issue and project tracking with best-in-class agile tooling for software teams. Enable your team with the #1 software development tool used by agile teams.