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Idea Generation/Validation

germ.io

germ.io is a personal productivity tool that lets you get from ideas to execution

germ.io is a tool to help you manage your ideas in a better way. Never lose the big picture of your idea, starting from logging the “aha” lightbulb moment that can occur at any time. Validate your ideas and share your vision by showing off the big picture.

Evolve your idea by throwing in the next steps and shape up your idea in detail. germ.io gets you on the road to create actionable ideas, helping you define all the how’s, what’s and why’s you need to get going.

Curator

Curator app is a fast and visual tool for creative thinking, tailor made for the iPad. Collect and see your thoughts regardless of whether they are websites, text or images.

Curator is an amazingly simple “modern creativity tool” for your #iPhone and #iPad. Curator lets you create a visual grid where you can quickly add and reorganise different types of content together, from the very first fragment of an idea all the way through to presentation.

Collect and see all of your notes (websites, images or text) in one place and organise all of your content with a simple drag and drop. Use the full screen mode to swipe between notes and even check out all your saved websites with live visual bookmarks. You can also add images from your device or cloud sources like Dropbox and Instagram.

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Point

Point

Point is a quick way to share and discuss what you find online.

Point is a simple #Chrome #plug-in you can use to share links with your teammates. But the great thing about Point is that you can also comment on the content from within the page you are sharing. It works really simple, using the “@” to “point” a page to someone else. When you’ve installed the plugin you create an account and start inviting or adding your teammates.

When you’ve found a site you want to share, you simply press Shift+2 and a little pop-up shows up. Here you select who you want to point the url to, hit Enter, and voilá, you just shared it! From here you can talk about the page you shared, select and share pieces of text from within the page and add a tag to the page if you’re collecting stuff within a certain category.

Point is only available on Chrome right now, but they are working on multi-browser integration (like Safari) and mobile apps (iOS).

Stache - a smarter way to bookmark web pages

Stache makes it quick and easy to collect and re-discover pages you find useful, interesting or inspiring, in a beautiful, visual and fully searchable library.

Stache is a great tool to save all web pages that are useful for the development of your startup idea. Use the Stache browser extension to save a web page with just one click, and add them to a fully searchable collection you can check out on your Mac, iPhone or iPad (synced with iCloud).

Group and organise bookmarks with folders, collections and tags to index your bookmarks for different subjects. Quickly identify the page you’re looking for using the screenshots of each saved page and search the entire contents of every page to find what you want, when you need it.

MindMeister

Create, share and collaboratively work on mind maps with MindMeister, the leading online mind mapping software. Includes apps for iPhone, iPad and Android.

MindMeister gives you the ability to quickly develop your own ideas and share your maps to brainstorm and collaborate with others.

But MindMap packs many more features: see a full history of changes made overtime, export to various file formats, embed maps on your website and import files and documents you want to use in your brainstorming process from services like Dropbox, Google Drive and Evernote.

When you’re finished brainstorming you can use the iPhone and iPad apps to present your ideas right from the app on your AppleTV using AirPlay. You can create up to 3 mind maps with the free MindMeister account, so that should be enough to get you started with your startup idea.

Box Notes

Collaborate, share ideas in real-time with Box Notes. Your business ideas should live with the rest of your business content.

Box Notes is a very well designed and intuitive tool you can use to capture and expand your ideas. Collaborate with others on the same document at the same time, see who’s annotating/changing what and share your ideas with others.

Box Notes is meant to be used along the Box cloud storage solutions so you’ll have to create a (free) account to start with. Since Box Notes is built on top of Box, sharing notes with others is just as simple and secure as sharing anything else on Box.

If you create a note in a folder that’s already shared with others, you don’t have to do anything else but to save your note, and your teammates will have instant access.

Skitch | Evernote

Get your point across with fewer words using annotation, shapes and sketches, so that your ideas become reality faster.

Skitch (by Evernote) is smart little app for your #Mac that you can use to write down, and explain, inspirational images or documents when you’re working on your idea. Using annotation, shapes and sketches, your idea will get more body and you will be able to get the most out of all the inspiration you come across. Oh, and it’s #free, that’s a plus.

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XMind

XMind

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.

XMind is an award-winning (open source) tool you can us to jot down your ideas and brainstorm about their possibilities in a real easy way, creating great looking mind maps. One of the coolest features is the “Idea Factory”, which you can use to collect inspirations when they come to mind.

You can easily export your mind maps to Evernote and integrate them in any note or document. XMind also supports exporting to common used file formats like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, PDF, RTF, Plain Text, HTML, PNG, JPEG, and more. Best thing to being open source is that XMind is free to download and free to use forever.

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Elevatr

Elevatr

Elevatr is how people make moves on business ideas. Capture, share, and chat about what needs to be done.

Elevatr was featured by Apple as a business essential app and has been downloaded over 100.000 times till date. Elevatr makes the process of turning an idea into an actual business easier. Remember when you get an idea in shower, and after getting out, getting dressed etc. you forgot what it was?

With Elevatr you can act on your idea and make a difference. Elevatr guides you through the workflow from coming up with an idea, all the way to execution and thinking of a business model that works. The app has a slick design and great UX, available for iPhone and iPad.

Experiment Board by Javelin

The Experiment Board (by Javelin) is tool that was developed based on the learnings from their frst tool, the (Lean) Validation Board, which was used by over 20,000 entrepreneurs around the world. They’ve improved it to get you up and running even faster, teams who use this are ready to run their first Lean Startup experiment within 5 minutes!

The Experiment board is free to download (pay with a Tweet) and includes a PDF, a Google Spreadsheet version, and instructions.

The PDF document can be printed out as a 60cm x 90cm (2 ft x 3 ft) poster that you can use to put on your (office) wall. If you have a virtual team you can use the included Google Spreadsheet of the Experiment Board to collaborate with your team online.